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The Traveler in Black and White (The Princelings of the East Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jemima Pett
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Book Description

A strange tunnel appears in the wall of Castle Hattan. Of course it must be investigated. What lies at the other end is a strangely backward land where things are not quite as they seem. Lord Mariusz adopts the pseudonym Hugo to explore the business opportunities he sees, only to be accused of murder; witness a vampire slaying; rub shoulders with ghouls, and have a close encounter with a werewolf.

The fourth book in the Princelings series sees us back with Hugo—also known as Lord Mariusz—the cause of all the trouble in Book 1. In typical Hugo manner he narrates The Traveler in Black and White in a film noir style. He explains how he came to master the art of time travel and why he has been the easiest person to blame for all the assassinations, supernatural phenomena, and industrial espionage he has seen on his adventures.

The Traveler in Black and White is a fantasy mystery for ages 10 to 110.
Since Hugo (or Lord Mariusz) comes from Hattan, the book is written in US English. This adventure sees the Princelings world from Hugo's perspective as he meets younger versions of Victor, Prince Lupin of Buckmore and others for the first time. It will be enjoyed by fans of the trilogy as well as new readers.

Praise for the Princelings of the East:

"In the tradition of the Fantasy Greats ... Classic Fantasy at its best" @ItsOnlyMeandYou
"an unusual book,with very likeable characters" JF
"A charming and refreshing book. People of all ages will love this trilogy." Sue Booth
"good original story and characterisation" MikeJ
"it's been a while since I've read anything by Anne McCaffrey or J.R.R. Tolkien, and Pett's writing is a welcomed reminder of how that style of writing can really add to a good plot-line. I have to say that I was impressed with the novel" Megan

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About the Author

When Jemima found a little booklet she'd written when she was eight in the box in which her mother kept her most precious possessions, Jemima realised she’d always been writing. She never thought of herself as an author until she discovered a strong plot and set of characters, inspired by her guinea pigs. Fred, George, Victor and Hugo had personalities and stories that needed to be told. So the years of training for and working in office jobs, writing newsletters and event reports in the evenings, of travelling round the country and wondering what it would be like to live in different places, of day dreaming of exciting adventures and reading books like they were going out of fashion finally came to a halt. She started writing. First came The Princelings of the East, which was always intended as a trilogy, with the second and third books titled before they had a plot! Then another book was needed, which turned out to be Hugo’s back-story, since he hadn’t had enough exposure in the trilogy. Then Victor wanted to be the star of his own book… and so it goes on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3380 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492382051
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Princelings Publications; 1.3 edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADJS63G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,154,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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!

Check out the Facebook page "The Princelings of the East"
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This book is set earlier than The Princelings of the East Trilogy and rather than following Fred and George it follows Mariusz, Lord of Hattan, also known as Hugo. The entire book is from his perspective and is appropriately quite different in style to the other books. The excellent writing, exciting plot and brilliant characters are all very much still here!

Mariusz/Hugo is a tougher character than the earnest Princes, but his caddish charm and guile make him just as appealing. As he's an antagonist in Princelings of the East it's really interesting to read his story.

If you've not read the Princelings trilogy this will still be a great story that stands up very well on its own. For those who have read them you'll find plenty of familiar characters and places in this book, as well as memorable ones: Mariusz's trip to Sowerby stands out here!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Intricate Tale I thoroughly enjoyed 6 May 2013
By Jujuberry37 - Published on
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4.5 Stars. I enjoyed this intricately woven tale very much. Ms Pett has a way of developing the intrigue so well that I found myself reading fast just to get further in the story. I won't summarise the plot as I think that any details would become spoilers, but I love this kind of noir first person style. It reads smooth like chocolate. Where Princelings were middle grade novels, Traveler is definately more ya/adult due to its themes. So although it is also a prequel to The Princelings, I recommend it to be read in the order it was written. As we know, readers grow and develop in their understanding in the time it takes for books to be released.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising (in a good way)! 22 Jan. 2015
By The Mad Reviewer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

I think I was understandably a little skeptical when I first accepted this book as part of my submissions. A book about talking guinea pigs? It didn’t sound like something aimed at tweens and teens as well as people of all ages, but I resolved to keep an open mind and give it a go. Of course by the end I was so glad that I went into it with an open mind.

The Traveler in Black and White is the fourth book in the Princelings of the East series but it can be read as a sort of prequel, which is how I read it seeing as I never read the first three books. And when the blurb says it’s written in a Chandler-esque style, it’s not kidding. Hugo, our narrator’s travelling pseudonym, really does speak like he’s a private eye in a noire novel. In the hands of some authors this would be annoying but Jemima Pett does it quite well, making the dark undertones a part of the story so that narrating it this way makes complete sense. It also adds a little humour to the situation at times, something that’s always needed in fiction.

Hugo is a pretty awesome character. He’s quick-thinking and smooth-talking but unlike characters with similar traits, he’s not immune to failure. His business venture down the tunnel doesn’t always go as planned and he experiences more than his fair share of setbacks. At the same time, he never gives up and so continues trying to muscle in on the Honourable Smallweed’s traditional territory. As someone coming into the series midway I know I didn’t fully appreciate all of the characters’ backstories but even if you’re like me and haven’t read the other books you really do get attached to the characters fairly quickly. Especially Hugo, even if he is a philandering sort of character who can be a little ruthless in his business practices—not violently so but more so in shady business practices. He’s sort of an anti-hero but you just can’t help it; you’ll love him by the end of the book. He’s a true three dimensional character, something I didn’t expect from a novel about talking guinea pigs.

The plot blew my mind. I don’t say that very often but it is very true in this case. Jemima Pett has constructed such a fascinating and intricate plot that I know I’ll have to read the book at least three more times to get all of its subtleties. Unfortunately I can’t really tell you much about the plot because it reveals some pretty big spoilers but needless to say, the tunnel isn’t all that it appears and neither are the people who live within it. Even Hugo is hiding some pretty big secrets of his own. I’ll say this about the plot, however: whenever you think you have things figured out, a wrench is thrown into the works just to keep you guessing. Vampires, ghosts, palace intrigue, love, betrayal…The Traveler in Black and White does have some pretty heavy themes but Jemima Pett manages to pull things off without making the story too terribly dark.

As I said, this is a book I’ll have to read at least three times to get all of its subtleties and part of that is because of the plot but the other part is because of the world-building. It’s quite well done and what surprised me the most is how much it’s like a human world and yet not like a human world. What I mean by that is that of course where you have palaces you have intrigue and royal assassinations yet at the same time there are some things you would expect in a guinea pig society like huge families. This quirky blend really works well for the novel and makes you feel all the more invested in the plot as well as the characters. I suspect that to fully appreciate the world-building here I’ll have to read the first three novels, but that’s hardly a chore.

Overall, you could say that The Traveler in Black and White was a huge surprise for me. I didn’t honestly expect it to be a Chandler-esque novel with complex characters, a mind-blowing plot and a fascinating society. But it was! Hugo is and will likely always remain one of my favourite non-human characters of all time. I’d say that pretty much sums up how much I enjoyed this book.

I give this book 5/5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great tale from the world of the Princelings 9 Jun. 2014
By Rebecca M. Douglass - Published on
The comment in the publisher's summary about "Chandler-esque" is spot on. This book is for older kids, more of a PG-13 sort of thing, though references to sex are pretty oblique and will go over the heads of younger kids. The level of violence is a bit higher than in the first three Princelings books, too. That warning out of the way, this is a very engaging story, told by a rather American Hugo, a.k.a. Mariusz of Hattan (Manhattan, anyone? Just guessing. . . .), who is trying to learn his way around a strange world and make a buck.

The story takes us back ten years in the world of the Princelings, so that the characters from the other books are much younger (a very young Victor is a total charmer), and some we have grown to love don't show up at all (like Fred and George). The story is fast-paced, adventurous, and has just a touch of the supernatural. I wasn't sure at first I liked that (just a taste thing), but Ms. Pett handles it with her usual skill, and there is nothing in the story that isn't necessary.

In a departure from the earlier books, Hugo tells his own story in the the first person, and his hard-boiled attitude lends to the fun. This is definitely not a series that is giving us cookie-cutter books, but each addition has been my new favorite, and this one was no exception.

For any readers old enough to cope with some violence and not to be put off by the implication that Hugo philanders a bit. Tweens up, with, as usual, as much or more appeal to adults as to the children.
4.0 out of 5 stars Soda Pop and More 13 April 2013
By Java Davis, author - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
When I picked up this book, I didn't know it was part of a series, but it doesn't matter. It stands alone on its own just fine.

This is a great fantasy story about "our hero," a soda pop mogul who finds a tunnel to another world, and sees sales opportunities. The new world is full of mystery and intrigue, and Hugo finds himself in the center of a murder investigation.

The characters are well-developed and interesting, the plot is great fun, and I would definitely read this author again.
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fantasy! Loved it! 6 April 2013
By Author~Alexandra Lanc - Published on
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Be sure to check out this book!

I picked up this book having not read the others in the series, and was not disappointed in the least bit. This novel is full of wit, beautifully crafted fantasy, and great characters. You definitely don't have to read the others to read this book, but reading it will make you want to read more.

I absolutely adored Hugo (his incognito name), and loved reading from his POV. He reminds me very much of the anti-hero, someone who is out there for his own gain, but who isn't a terrible guy at the end of the day, and yet at the same time he's not really an anti-hero at all, and I liked that. He's very humorous and suave and yet sharp-witted, a fun main character who I simply couldn't get enough of, and who kept me turning the pages. (I did have to laugh at times, because even though this story is written in American English, the British English leaked into his speech, not that I was complaining.)

I loved the world that this story was set in, too. I felt as though I was a part of it, and the details all fell into place; I didn't feel like there were plot holes I had to overlook. There were plenty of plot-twists, and the story never felt dull.

I have absolutely no cons for this book, save the fact that sometimes I felt just a small bit out of the loop because I haven't read the other novels. But, it was a minor annoyance at best.

I would definitely recommend this novel, especially for fans of a somewhat old-fashioned urban fantasy feel -- definitely different. I would place this book in Middle-Grade fiction, definitely enjoyable for younger readers, but a good read for older readers, as well.
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