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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read for kids of 7+, 10 Feb 2008
This review is from: Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools: Bk. 1 (Paperback)
The last reviewer seems to have mistakenly commented on the wrong book! My whole family (age 7 upwards) loved this book and are now eagerly ploughing our way through the sequel, Prince of Pirates. In Sebastian Darke, Philip Caveney has created a brilliant central character that kids can really identify with: without the usual hero privileges of high birth, superhuman courage or even dashing good looks, Sebastian gets by like the rest of us do: with the odd bit of inspiration, a whole lot of good luck, and most of all, choosing the right friends.

Sebastian and his two companions - Max, a talking buffalope, and Cornelius Drummel, a mighty but pint-sized warrior - form a fabulously unlikely trio and Caveney knows how to play this for maximum effect. Anyone not delighted by Max's ingenious scheme for rigging the city gates, or Cornelius's unflappable performance in the arm-wrestling arena, needs to make an urgent appointment with their GP to have their pulse checked.

Which isn't to say this is merely a character piece. It's got a plot that rattles along like a runaway wagon, full of ambushes, sinister plots, damsels in distress and bovine flatulence. This really is a great adventure, with the makings of a fine series: I just can't wait until the rest of the family let me get my hands on Book Two...
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