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She didn't stop at reading. During her training as a landscape gardener, she wrote her first novel, a manuscript full of a beginner's mistakes. Fortunately, she found books on Creative Writing and soon her stories improved. For a while, reality interfered with her writing but after finishing a degree in forestry and a PhD in Science she returned to her vocation. She likes to write Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Novels for all age groups.
At present, she is writing at her next project in a small house near Hildesheim, Germany, where she lives with her husband, three children and a dog.
Top Customer Reviews
When Paul made new friends inside the castle, I was worried he might forget the old ones. He didn't. Let's just say things didn't go smoothly when he tried to look and act princely. Events and people prevented his efforts to help his friends until the kingdom was threatened. But even with the help of friends old and new, plus assistance from (magical spoilers), it was touch and go. A lot of go--escapes, chases, and journeys--couldn't prevent all-out war between kingdoms unless Paul found a way to stop an ambitious magical enemy from achieving his goals.
At first I thought Urchin King was more of a magical realism book, not my favorite genre, so I was happy when that devious magical adversary appeared. Although Katharina (Cat) foreshadowed some of the events, she kept me guessing on most. And just when Paul thought he could prevent one disaster, a worse one happened. Powerful evil stepped in. And that's about as much as I can reveal without more spoilers, except to say the author kept me turning the pages and surprising me until the end. I did guess one event.Read more ›
So, someone who knows the secret pulls a few strings, (you'll get this joke later), and Paul finds himself installed in the palace as his brother, the crown prince! As much as Paul yearns for the love of his real parents, he also misses his urchin "family" and his surrogate mother. And when the King, who isn't in on the trick, puts the street urchin on a horse for a hunting party--well, Paul worries mightily about being found out and killed for real!
Then there is the enemy kingdom and their sneaky plan.
At no time did this story become tedious or uninteresting. I felt so bad for Paul when he was hungry and lost, then so worried when he was a prisoner in the castle!
You should read this for yourself, because my fingers are getting tired.
Author Katharina Gerlach successfully combines an easy to read writing style with some first-rate storytelling in this appealing fantasy novel for young adults. Even though the set up, at first, seems to be similar to Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper," the similarity ends once you get past the "pair of princes who `coincidentally' resemble each other." "Urchin King" is a completely original story that stands on its own and is a lot of fun. Recommended.
The characters interact well and their emotions are all too real.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this story. I could not put it down till I finished. I read all night. Wonderful fantasy story. Well paced, page turning and engaging characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by TheJadedKat Addicted to Kindle
Katharina Gerlach is an awesome writer. I'm not sure how many books she has out but I'm going to hunt them down and buy them. I would love to see more of THIS world.Published 21 months ago by Vanessa Wells
***I received this book free for an honest review.***
The story revolves around Paul a street urchin who finds out he is the second born son of the King and Queen in a... Read more
While I love stories like Aladdin and always vote for the underdog, I had a hard time getting into this story and really caring about the characters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jillian Redmond
This book is an easy read and if you enjoyed stories like aladin(can't remember how to spell this) or Prince and the pauper you will enjoy this book. Paul was the pauper basically. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kmnh
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
And honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to finish the entire book. Read more
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is a great fantasy story for young readers. It has a thoughtful and resourceful protagonist in Paul. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Champagne Taste, Beer Budget
I give books 100 pages to grab me. Something needs to stand out. SOMETHING has to be there to make me want to read it even more. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Diandra H.
Urchin King is not atypical book that I would gravitate to. I don't usually read a whole lot of historical themed books but I'm so glad that I signed up to read this one for honest... Read morePublished 23 months ago by BookStoreFinds