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- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JU4SDP6
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This book follows Prince Rupert of the Forest Kingdom as he is sent out to his death... er... I mean... sent out on a quest to find, slay and bring back the 'jewels' of a mighty dragon. A typical storyline for fantasy you might think. But then you meet him. He's as pissed off with it as you or I might be, especially as there's no one to help him except his moaning unicorn. To reach the mountain where the dragon lives he must pass through the Darkwood- Here be Demons it says on the map and it was right.
I won't take you through the whole story because I wouldn't know how to chop down this classic into less than half the total number of words in the whole book. There's truely something happening all the time. It's action, romance, comedy, polital intrigue, horror and war for all. The descriptions of the people and places are intricate without going on too long and you get completely engaged in the Forest Kingdom and its woes.
This is the first book by Simon R. Green that brings you into the Forest Kingdom and the other books will refer to events that happen in this book.
Good luck and enjoy
From major to minor, there is: Prince Rupert - a virgin who accepts his destiny as a superfluous second son; Princess Julia - not a fairy-tale princes by any stretch of the imagination. She is beautiful but feisty, loyal but intolerant of fools, and as keen a fighter as she is loving; Unicorn - a grouchy slave whose battle-lost horn becomes the catalyst for a terrible plague; King John - who works tirelessly, doing what he thinks will benefit the Kingdom, but in the long run his judgement is well off par; Prince Harald - Rupert's insufferable older brother, whose muscles, confidence, arrogance and perfect charm make him an instant hit with the court and a perfect choice to be King; Lord Darius - Minister for War, who would rather use his skills to be the Court Magician; Thomas Grey - Court Astrologer and reluctant magician; High Warlock - an excommunicated drunkard, who drinks to null the pain of his high magic, which is indirectly responsible for the death of the Queen; The Champion - a born fighter who obeys the King's commands even when they seem madness, and not forgetting the Seneschal - a nameless and nobel prize winning moaner, who nonetheless completes his duties.
The story takes place in a caste that keeps changing, at the heart of a Darkwood that keeps spreading. As with most fantasy, Blue Moon Rising is essentially about a man going on a journey; a stranger coming to town. Superficially, it could be viewed as the dashing knight rescuing the beautiful princess from the evil dragon, except this has been turned on its head.Read more ›
Rupert (sorry to be all girly) is just fab - heroic but flawed and he has suitable difficulty expressing his feelings.
I'm not keen on the demon-infested darkness, but only because that sort of thing isn't my cup of tea, the sections in the wood and fighting the demons are actually extremely atmospheric and well written.
Buy this if you like your novels a bit darker, or funny, or if you're a sucker for a happyish ending.
It starts out sounding like the archetypical fantasy right, Prince of to slay a dragon? Don't be fooled. Simon Green pokes fun at all the usual fantasy realms as he spins this tale.
If you like fantasy and have a sense of humour you should really read this at least once, and no, you can't borrow my copy. It's my favourite book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book a few years ago lent it out and could not get it back so was really glad to find a kindle copyPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simon Greens books are always hard to put down, this one was not a disappointment and I couldn't wait to get to the endPublished on 14 Jan. 2014 by A. J. Muirhead-starr
I have quite literally loved this book to bits. The pages are coloured tea-brown from age and use and bits of the book are falling out. Read morePublished on 23 July 2011 by Arwen Bijker
love this book, funny, fast, heroic, magical and action packed, not that rupert would like that. it's just good fun.Published on 23 April 2011 by ross
A swashbuckling tale of hard done to Prince Rupert and the not so helpless Julia as they battle through dark demon infested forests to defend the kingdom from evil. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2010 by NickyTC