Monday, November 27, 2017
The Player King by AVI
Today for Middle Grade Monday I am reviewing The Player King by AVI. I have my copy to giveaway to one lucky follower. Please fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter. If you don't see it click 'read more'. To check out the other stops that do Middle Grade Monday check out our new hub at Always in the Middle... by Greg Pattridge.
Now Lambert is brought into a real life game of life or death. He is told that he is to impersonate Prince Edward, the true king of England, and raise an army to overthrow the upstart King Henry VII, who has just killed the previous king and stolen the throne.
Turning a young kitchen boy into a nobleman is not an easy job, and Lambert trains daily until his sponsors are satisfied. He even comes to believe that he is the prince. Now, war looms, and Lambert/Prince Edward must win against King Henry or his untruths will be found out.
Amazing! And it is based on a true story, which blew my mind. It is such a classic set-up that it is perfect for a story just by telling the truth. However, AVI goes beyond that and adds attributes and characteristics to the real life people who lived through this adventure. Plus, since it is history, the reader finds out what actually happened to Lambert in the end. A total wrap-up with a solid ending.
I found this book delightful. Full of history and a look into the life of both the poor and noble during the fifteenth century. AVI is brilliant at reliving the past and putting the reader right into the middle of things. He imagines what Lambert must have felt like as he trains and eventually leads an army across Ireland and into England.
The reader can relate to the main hero at every turn, and as the tension grows, and he risks being found out, the reader is drawn deeper into the story. And, I have to say, the true ending is great! I didn't know this story from before, so I had drawn a conclusion as to what would probably happen, but history stepped in and one upped my idea. Yeah! 5 stars! This is a must read.
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