The Princelings of the North is the eighth in The Princelings of the East series. It is the tale of how Princelings Dylan and Dougall, who live in the far northwest of an island off the northwest coast of the Realms, rescue an exiled prince, and battle against the odds to restore him to his birthright.
Irrepressible Dylan and steady Dougall are inseparable denizens of the tiny castle of Haunn, so far away from the rest of civilisation that it’s almost off the map. And maps are one of the key things in this intricate adventure. Dylan finds a treasure map inside a bottle washed up and the shore – and he reckons he knows where X is. Instead of treasure, he finds the exiled Prince Kevin of Castle Deeping, antagonist in the Talent Seekers and a bit-player in Bravo Victor. Kevin has had time to realise what a fool he’s been, and now wants vengeance, and his castle back, which is just the sort of adventurous challenge that Dylan aspires to.
Dylan and Dougall have both appeared in print already; they star in tales in the two BookElves Anthologies. The novella Dylan’s Yuletide Journey, which appeared first, is also available as a free ebook from Smashwords. These two lovable characters finally get their own full-length adventure, something they’ve always threatened, and they travel virtually the full length of the Realms to achieve it. A map of the northern part of the Realms will be added to the Xtras section here, to join the one of the southern part, before this book is published.
Prince Kevin has an equal part in this adventure; he’s been hoodwinked by his uncle for so many years it takes a summer of isolation to come to his senses, although whether his plans are entirely sensible I leave you to judge.
Lovers of the series will enjoy this latest adventure, but newcomers may find it best to start with book 1 or book 5. It’s a mystery adventure in a world not quite like ours, suitable for age 10 and upwards.
Facts about the book
First Published: due November 2017
Publisher: Princelings Publications
Words/Pages (approx): 45,000 words;
Age range/reading skill: confident reading skills needed; ages 10 and upwards