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.

The Story-
Lambert is a young boy in 1486, who slaves away all day in a basement pub in England. He is used to the harshness of life and the pangs of hunger. That all changes when Brother Simmons begins to follow him around and purchases him from his master.

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.

My Thoughts-
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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The Giveaway-

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  1. A must read for sure and it has been awhile since I've read an AVI book. Thanks for the enticing review and the giveaway.

  2. My favorite king from history is Jesus.

  3. What a fascinating story! I've spent more time a bit later, with the Tudors, but still can't believe I missed this. It's going on the top of my TBR pile, with my thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Favorite queen...Elizabeth. Powerful woman. And I just love Avi's books!!! I am definitely adding this to my TBR pile.

  4. I have not heard of this true story. Top of my list! Even better, it's written by Avi. Love his work!

  5. I am so intrigued by this story!!

  6. "Who is your favorite King or Queen from history?" Francois I.

  7. I am very excited to read this. I just got a copy for review and will move it to the top of my review pile Thanks for this post.

  8. This sounds exciting. I love the idea that it was based on a true story.

  9. My favorite is the Queen of the Nile...Cleopatra!

  10. Hmmm my favorite queen was Queen Elizabeth! Thanks for the chance to win! I'm definitely going to add this to my TBR!❤❤❤