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Urchin King: Historical Fantasy by [Gerlach, Katharina]
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About the Author

Katharina Gerlach was born in Germany in 1968. She and her three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as her guide, the tomboy learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods. 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 enjoys 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3053 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Independent Bookworm; English Edition edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SCR7TC
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I'm too old for this.

Really. I'm not the target audience, which is the middle grade or lower end of the young adult spectrum. So at times I got bored or snorted at corny lines because, well, I'm a 21-year-old who has moved on to the Big Girl Fantasy.

That said, this was a solid read that I believe will appeal to tweens and young teens. The story follows Paul, a street kid when, in a The Prince and the Pauper like twist, he gets switched with the crown prince. (The author can be forgiven for the similarity because 1) There are really no new story ideas out there and 2) Being German, Mark Twain just wasn't on her radar as much as it is on Americans'). Anyway, the similarities between the two end there. Once Paul gets switched, he finds himself in the middle of an enemy invasion by an evil wizard who can control people!

Like a true plucky street urchin a la Aladdin, Paul uses his wits to save the day and even get the girl. But the journey along the way will be sure to entertain the young or the young- at- heart who enjoy children's fantasy such as The Chronicles of Narnia .

(Also, though this is an indie book written by a German author, there were only a smattering of typos and errors, and the author's English is as good any native speaker's.)
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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. I was totally lost in this story. Others have compared this story to the Prince and the Pauper, but this is not that story, but told just as well in a similar time period. I will read more by this author.

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Paul is a street kid, an urchin who mostly lives with other orphans on the cold, hungry streets of a medieval-style fantasy kingdom. His surrogate mother, forced to cast him out by her rich but heartless employer, loves him but can no longer help him without losing her own home and job. The kingdom has a rule that says the second-born twin must be killed at birth, so Paul is unaware that he is, himself, a second-born twin, and that his (much plumper and more richly dressed) identical brother is the heir to the throne. The trouble is that the crown prince isn't king material. He's a lovely boy, but very slow to learn, with no hope of becoming a commanding presence or a wise ruler.

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.
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Paul, the quintessential street urchin, has spent the last nine years of his life barely eking out an existence in the back alleys and public squares of the town of Wynburgh -- completely unaware of his secret heritage. All of this changes when he's roped into an elaborate scheme that has him taking the place of the sweet, yet mentally challenged heir to the throne. Placed squarely in the path of a conniving wizard and an evil necromancer, Paul has to use all of his street smarts to outwit them and save the members of the royal family he has come to love.

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.
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Do you enjoy young adult fantasy? Do you like a well-written adventure story with magic? Then you need to try this book.

Paul is a beggar who lives with other street kids in a land where when twins are born, the second twin is killed at birth. To his amazement, Paul finds out that he is actually a second twin, spared from death by being raised away from his heritage. When Paul replaces his highborn disabled twin, his adventures begin in earnest. Will he be able to save the kingdom?
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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. Especially since I was given this book to review, I really wanted to sit down, read it, and get in depth so I could give a really good review.

I couldn't. I just COULDN'T with this book. By page 40, I was absolutely aggravated. By page 60, I was upset. By page 80, I was just pissed off. By page 93, I gave up on it. I made notes throughout this whole book so I could remember what I thought. Here's how it went from page 1 to page 93 and why I did not like and won't recommend this book.

One thing I do like about books is simple writing that gets straight to the point. I hate fillers and paragraphs authors write to just fill up space and to make page counts increase. So when I read chapter 1 and 2, I was happy that maybe I was getting that. As I passed those chapters, I realized that the writing was WAY too simple that it as almost elementary. Because the simplicity of the writing, everything was moving way too fast. There wasn't any smooth transitioning between actions or interactions. There was no intensity in fight scenes. One person punched, the other person fell. It needed MORE. I wanted descriptions of places, of feelings, of why things were the way they were. Because the whole book lacked this, the story was jumpy.

One sentence in the book was when Paul encountered Tom and was tricked. All the author said was, "He was angry." It needed more to describe how Paul was feeling. Tell me about his shock. This was something that was continuous throughout the story. The author never described in depth the feelings of characters. They were JUST happy. They were JUST sad. They smiled. They walked. They fell. He laughed.
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