A friend. A father. A Kingdom. Which would you sacrifice?
The Poison Throne
Series: Moorehawke, book 1
Pub: 2008, O’Brien Press Ltd.
Author: Celine Kiernan
Cat: fantasy fiction (historical)
Format: paperback (mid); 468 pp
Age Range: YA
Wynter returns from a five-year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil. King Jonathan's civilised, multicultural realm is no more; the gibbets and cages have returned. Days of laughter, friendly ghosts and gossipy cats remain only in Wynter's memory - the present confronts her with power play, dark torture chambers, violent ghosts, and cats (those still alive) too scared to talk to humans. The Inquisition is a real and present danger.
Crown Prince Alberon is missing. There are murmurings of a 'Bloody Machine' of untold destructive power. And as Wynter and her friends, Prince Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron, seek to restore stability to the fragile kingdom, risking death at every turn, Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice.
Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, this is the first book in a compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance. It draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn't loosen its grip until the last.
Man, I love this book!!!!!! It has to be said, and you have to pick them up and read them all and love them just as much as I do. Go now, do it! Yeah, this is how much I love this book. It’s simple and quick to read and has depth and beauty, especially in the characters.
They had been away a long time and the series starts with them coming home and seeing how different everything is, but there not too sure why. It takes a little way through the book until we find out what’s going on, full find out. And in that time we meet Razy, her brother of the heart a doctor that’s kind and caring to all those around him—which is kind of a point—he’s also a protector.
We also meet Christopher, and from the moment he smiles he’s cheeky smile we fall in love with him, that doesn’t let up at all through the rest of the books. and it isn’t a surprise when they end up kissing while waiting for Christopher to leave...yeah, the story ends with them all heading out of the castle walls and into a search for a prince they just can’t believe would abandon his father.
Oh, and it’s a frigin’ great book, really, it hooks you in so fast and hard you aren’t sure what the hell’s happening—and if it doesn’t then...well... I have some really unsavoury things to say—nah, I’m joking; it just isn’t your thing. But, you really should give it a try, especially being that I’m not a fan of historical novels and this is one of my favourite sets of books I have on my shelf.
This read: It came to me, after I read the book this time, that it hadn’t been all that long since I have reviewed this book. But I’ve it in my head that I have to read this series for this particular posting. Only there isn’t anything really to add.
Hell, I could go on and on about the book, just anything mind numbing ramble about my love for it.
I could go on a chapter to chapter rant on what’s happening and why I loved that chapter.
I could do all this because I love this trilogy to a point of not being about to say much more than, I LOVE IT!
I did find that this read I focused much more on the character aspect then the story line, mostly because I knew that too much that it just didn’t matter anymore.
I really liked the three main characters.
I liked the relationship between Christopher and Razi—that brotherly friendship.
Christopher and Lorcan—respect and a fatherly son friendship
Razi and Wynter—an old friendship
Wynter and Christopher—the romance
Don’t get me wrong though there is a romantic aspect to this trilogy, its’ light. These book, I feel, are for a much younger audience, though not MG, but defiantly something you could let your 10 year old read, if they were heading into the YA field.