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Once Upon a River
Diane Setterfield

Fantasy novel, first of a series, based on the War of the Roses

The Queen's Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) - Jeff Wheeler

 

 

Perhaps aimed at the young adult market, this novel takes the War of the Roses and transposes it into a fantasy version with an interesting plot involving an 8-year old boy called Owen and the manipulations by those at court to gain favour and bring justice. Characters are developed well and the plot moves along at a good steady pace, making the whole experience worthwhile. A quick complaint: why do all fantasy novels (nearly all) have to include a bully to pick on young main characters? (See Harry Potter et al.) The book is fairly original and I recommend it to lovers of fantasy novels.