Willoughby the Narrator

Willoughby survives by telling stories; his ninja training and freedom of movement make him the ideal spy.

The seventh in The Princelings of the East series is narrated by the eponymous Willoughby, who first appeared in the Talent Seekers as one of the ‘talents’ and mentor to Humphrey.

As might be expected from a Narrator, Willoughby tells his story with style and panache, starting with his somewhat surprising arrival in the Realms.  The first part of the book takes us from the realisation that he was stuck here, through his adventures as he finds a way of making a living until he can return to where he belongs.  That all ends when he falls from a high tower at Castle Deeping during the battles between Deeping and White Horse, as detailed in the Talent Seekers, and not elaborated on in his tale.  Willoughby concentrates on the new story – what happened next, what he got up to as an itinerant narrator, and how he eventually compromised his career and had to start again.  He treats us to a number of his special tales in the process, all the while reporting the changes in the social structure of the Realms as the Troubles deepen.  Where will it all end?

Willoughby’s story becomes entwined with that of Fred and George, the original Princelings, so there will be more to hear from him before the end of the saga.

Lovers of the series will enjoy this latest adventure, and I sometimes think newcomers could start here without too many problems. But they may find it easier 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.

Ready for a taste?  You can sample the first few chapters by clicking the Preview button above, complete with their illustrations. You can also read the first chapter on Smashwords.

Ebook: Smashwords ** iTunes ** B&N ** Kobo ** Amazon UK ** Amazon.com

Paperback: Amazon.com ***  Book Depository

If you don’t mind a few spoilers, you may like to read Jemima’s interview with Willoughby from July 2016 (external website)

Facts about the book

  • First Published: 27th April 2017
  • Publisher: Princelings Publications
  • Language: English 
  • Words/Pages (approx): 55,000 words; 270 pages (paperback)
  • Genre: fantasy/mystery/adventure
  • Age range/reading skill:  ages 10 and upwards


EReader formats: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, pdf

ASIN (Amazon): B06XVZTCB7

ISBN: 9781370770830

paperback (note this is a slightly different cover with cream titles)

ISBN: 9781366081049