Author: Philip Caveney
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 338
My Rating: 4.5/5
Sebastian Darke is a half-breed. Son to an elven mother and human father. His father is a famous and successful jester that gave his family a life of luxury for many years. Those days now have gone when he died and Sebastian is out to seek employment as a jester in King Septimus's court. Sadly enough, he is the least comical guy around!
Sebastian takes his family buffalope, Max, to travel all the way to the King Septimus palace. He encounters Captain Cornelius, a dwarfish man but one of the strongest warrior you would ever find around. He accompanies with them, also seeking for employment since his last job had a height restriction.
Shortly after, they rescue Princess Kerin, niece of King Septimus and soon-to-be queen, from the rowdy Brigands. Except it wasn't an unexpected raid. Instead, it was a death plot planned by King Septimus to rid of Kerin who was in the way of his throne!
Though who would try to get in the way of a king with a powerful army? A fool maybe?
These days, you don't find a lot of damsel-in-distress, fairy tale styled stories. I enjoyed this one, can't wait to pick up the second one. It reminds me of those Disney movies I watched when I was a kid. Except now that I'm older, I don't watch them so much anymore. I really liked how Kerin's character developed towards the end. It was a bit disappointing but since there is a sequel, I don't mind so much about conclusion. I adore Sebastian's name. It's so simple, yet uncommon. I suggest this books to all fairy tale lovers and those who misses their youthful TV days. This book gives you a great bloody, Disney-seque story.