Title- The Children of the King.
Author- Sonya Hartnett.
Publish date- March 2012.
It is wartime and it is time for Cecil and Jeremy to go to the country, with their Mother, to stay with their Uncle in his home; Cecil looks forward to the promises that the country holds, though Jem is more reluctant, wishing to stay in London with his father and help fight the war. But perhaps taking in a female evacuee called May brings the two siblings together, more so then they could have been in the city, then they were in the city; May is an unusual child and Cecil thinks her rather queer, especially as she doesn't follow the rules that are laid out, rules like staying in her room until breakfast and the like. But when Cecil and May find two boys hiding in the ruins of a castle not far from the estate of Uncle Peregrine, they find that more matters then just following the rules. An adventure it awaiting.
Thank you to Penguin Australia for this review copy!
What I thought:
I would be quite likely to give this five out of five stars just for the cover and exquisite design that it boasts, it is absolutely beautiful and quite unlike any other book covers I've seen. Ever.
I wasn't really sure how I would enjoy this book as out of the books written by Sonya Hartnett that I have read/tried, I have only liked one; she has a most unusual style with her writing and her stories always seem to have that lingering edge, leaving you questioning what will happen next, even though you've just closed the book... I feel as if she purposely leaves her stories on an edge, allowing the reader to decipher what the characters will continue to go through and how they'll fare, and that is a very unusual touch that she keeps throughout all the books I've read by her. The Childen of the King has that feel and it was unnerving at times because it left me feeling as if she was both showing me more then was written but was keeping back just as much, letting me into a world which had many locked doors, which is slightly contrary but true for me nonetheless.
Cecil was a character I never liked- I found her too prim and lacking an adventurous characteristic I think she needed, where as May just didn't seem right, she seemed a little too adventurous, leaving me unsure of what she would do next- the rest of the characters just seemed a bit odd to me. Maybe they both needed a little from each other to be the perfect blend.
Sadly I just didn't find myself connecting with this story at all, my favourite character probably being the Dog and my favourite part of this was the cover, though one could just buy it for that, in my mind, so it's still worth it.
Try it for yourself and see what you think.