The Queen's Poisoner: The Kingfountain Series
King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.
Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.
Inspired by the War of the Roses and Richard III's struggle for the English crown, The Queen’s Poisoner brings magic, mystery, espionage and suspenseful strategic political maneuvers to this epic fantasy tale. Beautifully written and expertly researched, this first installment of the Kingfountain Series will leave readers eager to pick up the sequel, The Thief’s Daughter.
Game of Thrones fans will definitely enjoy The Queen’s Poisoner, while at the same time it is also appropriate for a younger audience. The rich descriptive setting of Kingfountain and the impressive world-building combine to create a fantasy world so real, there are moments where it almost feels like historic fiction.
Owen is an admirable, honorable and believable protagonist, while his young playmate, the vivacious, Lady Elysabeth Victoria Mortimer, leaves him baffled at times, and hardly able to get a word in edgewise at others. The cast of characters, from the sinister and mysterious King Severn, right down to the motherly cook, Liona are well developed, three dimensional characters, each with their own colorful story.
And The Queen’s Poisoner—she’s incredible.