The Lost King


THE BOOK,
by Devorah Fox, is the tale of a monarch who awakes in a cow field with amnesia and must pass incognito to uncover the secret as to why he’s not a king anymore.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
Ms. Fox is an acquaintance of mine through NANOWRIMO. Plus, one of my chief aims on this blog is to review lesser known authors and reviews of any sort are publicity.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I stopped a few pages into chapter two, after the King fixes all the townspeople’s problems in a single paragraph in exchange for food. I found the circumstances just too unbelievable that no one else in the kingdom was smart enough to sew up a tent or use compost for gardening.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, IF ANYTHING
I could see the aforementioned fault as a plot device or a clue to the plot but if that’s the case our main character should react to the villager’s ignorance on behalf of the readers to generate some relate-ability. On that note, the king himself is a little unbelievable—not because he knows how to do things which villagers don’t—because he seems unflawed. The king takes his role reversal a little too well, whereas most people would be freaking out upon waking up a hobo with no memory of how it happened. …And if our main character feels no emotion, the readers feel no emotion. Also, the narration veers toward the ‘tell’ instead of the ‘show’ sometimes.

RECOMMENDATION: DON’T READ
I try and say something positive about every book I review and there’s plenty of good to be said about The Lost King. Ms. Fox’s voice is strong and the narration flows quite well. The opening plants a good, strong hook in trying to find out why the king has amnesia, but there’s too little payoff and no emotion to further invest the reader.
I sense there’s more to this book later on, but remember this blog is about the first few pages.

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