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Book Title: The Lost King|
The author of the book: Ursula Jones
Edition: Inside Pocket Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781908458124
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 399 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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I will admit that I first picked this book up because Ursula Jones wrote it and she is finishing up her sister Diana’s last novel. I will also admit that I didn't put it down because it is very good.
I fear that this book is being doomed to obscurity. The publisher, Inside Pocket Ltd., seems to have gone out of business, or, at any rate, their homepage says that they have "ceased trading." This is a shame, and I sincerely hope that the copyright has returned to Ursula Jones because this is 1) a good book; and 2) the first in a stated trilogy.
It has everything you could really want in a book; murder, intrigue, the succession of royals, clever plot twists, secret passages, love, growing up, and even a few comedies of manners. Normally, I try to avoid making comparisons between the works of one author and another mostly because I believe that authors should be judged on their own merits and not the yardsticks of other writers. It reminded me a great deal of Terry Pratchett’s "Nation," but this does not detract from the story in any way. There are some similarities to be found in the minor details. A “cultured” girl having to come to terms with a native boy who may be her only hope is the top one that spring to mind. In other ways this book reminded me of when the British Empire had settlements and occupied parts of India, it just had that sort of feel to it. Ursula Jones even manages to throw in a few of Diana Wynne Jones’ favorite tropes, owing greatly, I’m sure, to the fact that they had the same upbringing. The one that probably sticks out most are Fidelis’ parents. Both of them are keen on arguing, except on politics which is the one subject they can agree on. They also use Fidelis as a sort of pawn between them, a way of getting even and her father barely notices her for the first half of the book. Thankfully though, by the end, Fidelis’ parents do finally come around, in a way that reminds me of the same sort of emotional tone at the end of The Ogre Downstairs.
I started out a little shaky in my reading because I kept trying to place a time period on what I was reading. Part of that I think I can safely blame on the cover which put me in the mind set of "long ago and far away." Inventions and innovations such as ice cream, lifts (elevators), indoor plumbing, guns, and finally motorcars forced me to believe that my first assumption was wrong and that the book, if set in anything like our own world, is somewhere near the late 1800's to early 1900's. It could also be that I am being too critical of a “children’s” book. I put children’s in quotes because, like Diana, Ursula Jones doesn't seem to write down to children, but instead lets them take the book at face value. It makes for a very good and refreshing read.
I won't post a synopsis or any other such spoilers, but I urge you to give this book a chance. I honestly think that if DWJ had a chance to read it, that she would have loved it for the story, and not just for the fact that her sister wrote it. I will say that while the book does end mostly satisfactorily, that it is left open for another book to follow it. There was one other minor thing that I thought I should mention. I'm not sure about the editing in some parts of this book. It's nothing too serious, and it's mostly punctuation like an extra or misplaced period or comma. What I do hope is that Harper Collins might pick up Ursula Jones as a new author since she finished up "The Islands of Chaldea" and reprint The Lost King under a new editor, or at least just let her finish out the trilogy.
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When I was little, I wanted to be an actress. I still wanted to be one when I grew up, so I became one!
Having trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) I worked in what was called ‘weekly rep’. The actors put on a play every week, performing one at night and rehearsing the next one during the day. It’s hard work. I shed kilos. Then I took a banana boat to Jamaica where I helped research a frog that hatches baby frogs and not tadpoles. I moved on to New York where I did some exciting, experimental theatre. Back in England, I was lucky enough to join the Unicorn Theatre for Children in London.
It was there that I discovered I wanted to be a writer, too. And so that’s what I did. I wrote lots of plays for the company, and I haven’t stopped writing for children since.
I work in London and from a small house on the edge of a forest where Moon, the cat, Turpin, the dog and his daughter, Beatrix, make room for me. Beatrix has more the look of a hairy marrow than a dog but she can’t see herself so she doesn't care.
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