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The Trouble with Kings [Kindle Edition]

Sherwood Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Princess Flian finds herself the unwilling object of desire of three royals. Is the one she wants a villain—or a hero?

Waking up in a strange place, Flian Elandersi at first doesn’t know who she is. One wicked prince tells her she is secretly engaged to an even more wicked king who wants to marry her right away. But before that happens, yet another wicked prince crashes through a window on horseback to sweep her off her feet.

Memory returns, and Flian realizes that all any of them seem to want is her considerable wealth, not her pleasant-but-ordinary self. She longs to escape the barracks-like, military atmosphere and return to civilization and her musical studies.

Flian endures another abduction, this time in the middle of a poetry reading. Who is the villain? Prince Garian Herlester—languid, elegant, sarcastic? Prince Jaim—he of the dashing horsemanship? Or King Jason Szinzar, whose ambiguous warning might be a threat?

Flian decides it’s time to throw off civilization and take action. The problem with action is that duels of wit turn into duels of steel—and love can’t be grabbed and galloped away.



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About the Author

Sherwood Smith is the author of a number of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the "Wren "series for Young Adults, the Exordium novels (with Dave Trowbridge), the recent "Atlantis Endgame," a novel of the Time Traders series (with Andre Norton), Solar Queen novels (also with Andre Norton), and many others. She lives south of Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (February 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015YEQKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"The Trouble with Kings" takes place in four main countries, leading to delightful cultural comparison and quite some speculation on fashion, which Sherwood Smith is known to do well. So when you read the summaries, please remember that there is much more to this book than just a plotline and a jumble of characters.

Princess Flian, her memory gone, is told by her cousin, King Garian, that she is passionately in love with, and engaged to, King Jason Szinzar - a man who is "as expressive as a stone. A stone in the dead of winter, to give an idea of how much warmth there was in his countenance." When she is kidnapped on the eve of her wedding, the outlaws that capture her jog her memory, and all she wants to do is get back to her home in Carnison and be with her father in his old age. The powerful men all around her have other plans, however, and she's forced to face more of reality than she would like to deal with. Can you kill a man because he's an enemy? Can you really not trust anyone, when you've a fortune to your name that's easier to acquire through kidnapping and threats than by a wedding?

Flian is not a hothead, and she could be called passive. Her subtle charms may not appeal to everyone, especially not people looking for a kick-butt princess willing to take on anyone and everyone (for that, read "Once a Princess" - hilarious and exciting in all the right amounts). However, there is chemistry. Not in the Twilight-esque, ground-shaking, throat-tightening animal attraction, but in gestures and conversations and how the characters interact with one another. It struck me as very realistic - the kind of romance you can relate to.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as great as Crown Duel February 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
Like the other reviewers, I am a big fan of Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. This was therefore an automatic buy. The book was good but not great.

The plus points-
1.Engaging but somewhat passive heroine. I like the fact that she is not a raving beauty but is described as quiet and plain.
2.Interesting cast of characters.
3.Gentle romance

The minus points-
1.Plot seemed to drag at the end.
2.Overall missing the spark that takes a book from good to great. I am not sure why- perhaps the meandering plot?

Still I liked it. Pleasant way to pass an afternoon. Also a clean read for your teenage daughter with romance but nothing graphic or inappropriate. I hate the cover!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasent Read December 30, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book was a pleasent fantasy/romance along the same lines as Crown Duel. I liked the main character, a very normal girl which I think was the whole point. She is not supposed to be a superhero, or "Princess", she is a regular person with regular strengths and weaknesses. The missunderstandings and romance was very remmenisant of Pride and Predjudice. To give you an idea of my viewpoint, I am a fan of Ms Smith and I adore her Inda series, as well as Crown Duel. Senrid, on the other hand, I hated and couldn't get past the begenning. I enjoyed this book, and will no doubt reread it again in the future, which I suppose is the real test afterall.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flian Tops Crown Duel's Mel in My Book June 1, 2011
Format:Paperback
Princess Flian is one of those very rare heroines that catches your heart even more because she is so realistic. I readily admit that I am a Sherwood Smith fan and thing that I am a rabid fan of her writing style, but The Trouble with Kings holds a special place in my heart. In my opinion, Sherwood's heroes are some of the best in the genre: they are competent, honorable and caring, but have a tendency to be misunderstood (especially by the heroines).

The author herself once admitted on the blog that her fans might think that Flian is too passive a character when compared to Crown Duel's Meliara, but I simply do not believe that. Meliara in Crown Duel is always jumping into situations with the best of intentions with often disastrous results due to too little planning. Flian is a much more diligent planner. She thinks before she acts and often decides, quite correctly, that there is no point in exacerbating an already bad situation. It think that Flian's shy and diligent character only make her more endearing and her ability to readily admit her flaws in refreshing. Just because Flian thinks before she jumps, though, does not mean she has no backbone. Afterall, the opening scene of the story involves the results of her fleeing on horseback.

I love Flian's story and the imperfect nature of all of Sherwood's characters. I hope you will take a chance on this wonderful story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to come back to.... January 1, 2009
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a delightful book. There is fun, humor, adventure, saddness, romance, coming of age - all in sufficient quantity to complete the story. Nothing is overboard - as is not uncommon these days.

I bought the e-book version as soon as it was available, and have re-read several times so far.

The heroine, Flian, is a quiet princess who prefers to watch things from the sidelines. Unfortunately, circumstances compel her to participate. Eventually she realizes there is a balance to be had between action and inaction, and choses her path and future accordingly.

Three Cheers for another fine book from Sherwood Smith!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It is a good read with a sensible heroine for a change. Instead of someone who knows everything.
Great characters too.
Published 8 months ago by Melissa Luk
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent. Nothing special
This book was really slow to start out with. I mean really slow. It was also pretty hard to follow. I also didn't like that some characters had pretty poor descriptions, leading to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid throughout
Some of Sherwood Smith's best writing--real conflict and plot activity instead of endless descriptions of clothing and manners (although those are in there, don't get me wrong). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jennifer M. Snow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book because of the cover ( it isn't my favorite). I am happy to say that I really enjoyed it. I love the world and characters Smith created. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Book crazy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I loved this book, it had wonderful character development and it was subtle in its plot twists. I thought it was funny and engaging, would definitely recommend!
Published 16 months ago by Abby
3.0 out of 5 stars A Predictable Story
The Trouble with Kings was predictable but had enough clever word usage, especially in the letters Flian receives. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Katt
5.0 out of 5 stars the trouble with kings
a wallflower princess's life becomes exciting, scary, and a bit frustrating. she is targeted by a greedy jerk, but not before another royal family pulls her into their affairs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Erin Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a cute story, but it wasn't amazing. The middle dragged on a bit too long but it ended cute. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hannah Vaught
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar vein to Crown Duel
Fun romantic with a heroine who develops strength of character along the path of adventure
If only she'd stop being kidnapped
The hero grows on you and even the villain... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Samrosie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Sherwood Smith does it again. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! If you enjoyed her other books, then this is a great addition to the "worlds" she had created.
Published 20 months ago by Sci Fi Chic
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