The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler

A fantastic new mythology that will have YA fans reeling with the emotional character development and political intrigue. This is how this reviewer
views the first in a brand new trilogy of books, The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler.

Synopsis: King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of
traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as
the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal
threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can
aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

This first entry does a masterful job of establishing a brand new mythology that fans will be eager to learn and delve into. The various cultures
and Kingdoms explored in this first tale are just as incredible as the various characters both in and out of court that are introduced, from the
fearful King Severn to our young protagonist, Owen Kiskaddon. The race for survival leaves readers on the edge of their seat, eager to see if and
how Owen can outwit the King and survive his wrath. The introduction of the mysterious magic of the Fountain presents a fantastic riddle that one
hopes will be thoroughly explored in future installments, and by book’s end readers will be eager to get their hands on the next in the series.

Overall, The Queen’s Poisoner is a fantastic read that showcases the powerful themes that the YA Fantasy genre allow to be explored. Family,
power, deceit and survival are all explored wonderfully in this book, and if this is any indication, author Jeff Wheeler has a long and prosperous
career in the YA genre ahead. Be sure to check out the adventures of Owen Kiskaddon in The Queen’s Poisoner now!

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