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The Princelings and the Pirates (The Princelings of the East) [Kindle Edition]

Jemima Pett
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The Princelings of the East is a trilogy relating the adventures of unlikely heroes Fred and George. Two innocents abroad, they solve problems caused by unintended consequences, commercial greed, and blind prejudice—and still find time to engage in troubled love affairs and nearly blow themselves up with their own inventions.

The opening of The Princelings and the Pirates, the second book in the series, finds Fred and George happily pursuing their interests and enjoying the hospitality of Castle Buckmore. When Prince Lupin of Buckmore announces his unhappiness with the wine, they set off to discover what has gone wrong at the winery. Captured by pirates, shipwrecked, and in danger for their very lives, the heroes are drawn into the Battle of Dimerie, where Fred meets his true love and George gets more than he bargained for.

Suitable for good readers age 10 and over, The Princelings and the Pirates is a fantasy adventure combining a generous amount of swashbuckling with a dash of concern at society's ills spiced with the stirrings of a first love interest.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Princelings Publications; 2.0 edition (31 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074AQU08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I know I've been writing since I was about 8 years old. I remember making a speech I'd written to 'unveil' the patio my dad had laid at our house (with our 'help'), and when my mum died in 2003, I found a small booklet in her box of treasures, written in a very childish hand, entitled The Little Stream. Yes, I remembered it well!

I've been creating articles and event reports for newsletters and magazines ever since, but early fiction attempts failed for want of suitable inspiration: I just couldn't find interesting characters and plot! I had a series of careers in business which kept me chained to a desk for many years. So I wrote manuals, reports, science papers, blogs, journals, anything and everything that kept the words flowing. Finally the characters jumped into my head with stories that needed to be told, and THE PRINCELINGS OF THE EAST was born.

I now live in Norfolk with my guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for my stories. And the picture is me with Fred. That's Princeling Fred, of course!

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By Dassie
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the first in the series, this felt like being back on familiar territory. I'm growing rather fond of Fred and George, the intrepid guinea pig heroes, who find themselves plunged into another hazardous adventure, complete with swashbuckling pirates and beautiful princesses. As in the first book, the story is narrated in a fun and engaging style. The writing throughout is top quality and I love the witty chapter sub-headings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A second enjoyable read in a great trilogy 28 Sep 2012
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Having read the first book, I was eager to once again follow the exploits of Fred and George, the Princelings, in their second outing. This book sees the return of favourites from the first book and the addition of some new favourites, most notably the tenacious Princess Kira. The characters remain extremely likeable and have the reader rooting for them.

The story is just as enjoyable as the first book, with more dangerous situations facing our heroes. The bond between brothers Fred and George is an important part of this story as they face these dangers together. The book is a great progression from The Princelings of the East, but also stands up very well on it's own so if you've missed the first book it will still be a highly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 27 Aug 2012
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Really enjoyed this book as it is the 2nd in the trilogy, was a good original story and loving the development of the characters.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Readers of All Ages 12 Mar 2012
By DMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"I am a Princess of the blood and demand to be treated honourably," she tried, and was glad to hear her voice sounding strong and serene.

So Princess Kira addresses her captors in the prologue to The Princelings and the Pirates. Kira is one of the strongest female characters I've seen in young-adult fantasy fiction, and I'd recommend the book on the strength of her character alone. She is indeed honorable, strong, and serene, as well as courageous, kind, and resilient. Her power comes from within and is not dependent on her relationship to any male character.

That said, we witness the budding romance between Kira and Princeling Fred, which is handled with delicacy and understatement. We also see the unbreakable bond between brothers Fred and George, a relationship that is deeply touching but that, again, is handled with grace. There's nothing cloying about Pett's characters or relationships. In a non-moralizing way, the work presents many lessons on how we should behave toward each other.

This is a book of richly detailed landscapes, castles, inns, and sea and land voyages. The action draws the reader in from the start, and the dialogue is intelligent and full of subtle humor. The characters are well realized, and readers familiar with the first book in the series, The Princelings of the East (which I also highly recommend), will note how returning characters Fred, George, Victor, and others have matured.

A sensitive reader can feel the influence of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and others. As a beta reader of this book, I can say that Pett made many improvements from the first manuscript to the final version.

This book is suitable for children, teens, and adults, and I'm confident that all readers will thoroughly enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinea pigs and pirates! 30 Sep 2013
By Rebecca M. Douglass - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book last spring in a giveaway. A giveaway does imply some commitment to provide a review, but in no way dictates the nature of said review. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone.

Summary:
Our friends Fred and George of Marsh Castle are back. They've been living with Prince Lupin, and working on the development of strawberry juice power. But a wine shortage has darkened the horizon, and Fred and George join with their old friend Victor to visit Chateau Dimerie and find out what's going on. Along the way, they are pressed into service by pirates, meet a ghost, and are plunged into battle alongside an army that actually knows what it is doing. Fred and George are no soldiers, but they have guts and brains, and come out okay in the end. Realism is preserved (if one can speak of realism in a world run by guinea pigs and powered on strawberry juice) as no one escapes unscathed before making their way to the happy ending.

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I am delighted to report that Ms. Pett has returned in this second volume of the Princelings trilogy even stronger than she was in the first. Subtle changes have made me more comfortable with the idea that these decidedly anthropomorphic characters are, nonetheless, guinea pigs, much as we accept Ratty and Mole of The Wind in the Willows. The world of the Castles is becoming more clear to me, and the story is fast-paced. The action seems to me just right for middle grade children (say, ages 9-12, as the writing is not simplistic at all). Dangers faced are real, and there is some suspense, but violence is minimal and the ending happy. Fred and George are, as they should be, different men (er, guinea pigs) than they were at the beginning. There is just a whiff of romance, and a little bit of legal/political business at the end which may not be as exciting to young readers, though it is clearly important to the development of the series.

Ms. Pett's writing is clear and strong, the book well-edited, with very few awkward moments and no typos that I noticed. Her illustrations are, as always, delightful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinea pig princelings, princesses and pirates! 7 Aug 2013
By Dassie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the first in the series, this felt like being back on familiar territory. I'm growing rather fond of Fred and George, the intrepid guinea pig heroes, who find themselves plunged into another hazardous adventure, complete with swashbuckling pirates and beautiful princesses. As in the first book, the story is narrated in a fun and engaging style. The writing throughout is top quality and I love the witty chapter sub-headings!
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