The first book in the trilogy introduces us to our guinea pig heroes, Princelings Fred and George. Imagine them, if you will, scurrying around the castle using secret passages, carrying out scientific experiments that occasionally blow up in their faces and quaffing ale at their favourite tavern.
They are guinea pigs in the style of Wind in the Willows, Animal Farm, Fantastic Mr Fox, and even Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
But there is trouble in their world. They may not use much energy, but when they do, it is usually for important occasions. Energy draining to a halt to ruin the King’s Birthday celebrations is enough to send the King at Castle in the Marsh into a rage, and demand that everyone cease and desist from using it. George’s latest machine is destroyed; their world looks to be falling apart. So who better to go and solve the problem of this energy drain than the Princelings themselves?
Leaving the security of their Castle is a big step into the unknown for these boys, and they soon meet up with strangers, some of whom are stranger than others. Who to trust? Prince Lupin, so suave and sophisticated, with so many hangers-on fawning at his feet? The businessman, Hugo, who seems so smooth and wordly, yet has an air of deceit about him? The young barkeeper, Victor, always bustling around and never bothering to string a sentence together when three words will do, unless for royalty? And that’s just Fred’s problem, since he has irritatingly lost touch with George in the darkness of the strange tunnel that appeared from nowhere in the corner of their room.
Meanwhile George has been transported to another world, it seems, full of hustle, bustle and shining towers. Where, or when, is he? How come these strangers know so much more about his reputation than he does himself? And will he manage to escape being thrown into a dungeon or, worse, killed by an assassin?
All these questions and more are answered in the first book of the Princelings series.
Ready for a taste? You can sample the first few chapters at AmazonUK or Amazon.com or Smashwords, complete with their illustrations. You can also read the first chapter on our Facebook page or on Goodreads, and see the illustrations for the chapters here.
Facts about the book
First Published: November 2011 on Amazon, December 2011 on Smashwords
Publisher: Princelings Publications
EReader formats: all – Kindle on Amazon; Kindle and all others on Smashwords; Nook at Barnes & Noble, Kobo at W H Smith and iPad at the Apple iBookstore
ISBN (Smashwords and other online stores): 9781465859877
ASIN (Amazon): B006F3SME2
Words/Pages (approx): 35,600 words; 103 pages
Age range/reading skill: confident reading skills needed for ages 8 and upwards