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Top Customer Reviews
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.)
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.
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on April 25, 2014 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 on March 23, 2014 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 on March 19, 2014 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 on March 7, 2014 by Champagne Taste, Beer Budget
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 on March 3, 2014 by BookStoreFinds
I really enjoy the main plot in this book a lot and I read it in one evening :) But most of the times I felt like there was a lot missing and majority of this book was written more... Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Kate
What I liked:
that even though the heroine was a MC, she held her own-there were times when she was the one who encouraged Paul and still others when he showed her what... Read more