The Rat, The Wolf & The King's Fool: (Book One)
by F.K. Maddison
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Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 16 Jul 2022
“There are social questions raised in the book that mirror our own world. The divide between races, between rich and poor and the role of women in society.”
Perfect for fans of His Dark Materials, Dark Fairy Tales and Strong Female Characters.
Welcome to the City of Benaghar, where author F. K. Maddison combines her British, Kiribati and Chinese heritage in this epic dark fantasy fiction series.
The Rat, The Wolf & The King’s Fool (Benaghar Book One)
The Aebran Empire is in celebration; the Five Hundred Year War is over and the decampment of soldiers from the Raanian Seas is well underway, but there are those who are dissatisfied with peace …
Phæ’enor Doven, daughter to the most revered captain in the Aebran Army, has known a life of uneventful happiness, but that is all about to change. Along with other military families, she must now journey to her new home, the capital of the empire, Benaghar.
But on arrival, an incident in the harbour embroils Phæ’enor in the darker side of the city. In her quest to uncover the truth behind the events, Phæ’enor becomes unwittingly involved with the city gangs, the undesirables, the affairs of the royals and a piece of lost treasure that will change her world forever.
“Many fantasy authors struggle to balance action with character development but this novelist strikes it perfectly.
The high-activity passages are interspersed well with great dialogue and heightening tension. An intricate and dangerous political background is slowly revealed through the eyes of the main protagonist. I found myself reading too quickly to find out the next twist.
There are social questions raised in the book that mirror our own world. The divide between races, between rich and poor and the role of women in society.
I would recommend this book to anyone but particularly to readers who enjoy well-constructed and planned out worlds. The first book creates many questions and I look forward to the next in the series.” – J Tate
“Action-packed and a great storyline” – A Macy
“… such an engaging read. Astute character development and an awesome plot. Will read more Maddison in the future!” – G Waldron
“It draws you right into another world that you won't want to leave in a hurry. The best fantasy novel I have read in years, I love the world of Benaghar, its characters and twists and turns. Best of all, like other great fictitious worlds, I found myself wishing elements of Benaghar society were realities of my own. Absolutely captivating, wanted it to go on and on, looking forward to the next installment!" - S Dewey
“There are some lovely flourishes of imagination throughout and the whole story has a really distinct feel, I loved it." – J Bonthron.
Average rating from 10 members
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially as I tend to like fantasy books with a lot of action. I loved the world that was created in this book and you could easily imagine it. Additionally, fantasy books can sometimes take a while to introduce the world that the story is set, but this book didn’t and action occurred pretty quickly. I also thought that the names of the characters in this book were lovely and original.
Phæ’enor’s character development was also beautiful as she became her own person and was determined to help those she cared about. Phæ’enor is also a cleverly written protagonist who is very likeable and witty, with a very strong moral compass. I can’t wait to read the next book of this series.
Everything is not as it seems in Benaghar. The story is full of intrigue and twists. Phae’enor is a strong female protagonists with a sharp mind. She is thrust into a world full of lies and hidden identities. She is racing against others to get to the answer of an ages long curse.
I am excited to read the next book! This was a mostly clean read with the only exception being a few curse words. The characters are numerous and interesting. The Kingdom of Benaghar is multi-layered and complex.
If you love intrigue, coming of age, strong female characters, and fantasy, you should give this book a try.
This book is well-written and entertaining.
F.K. Maddison does an excellent job at building a world that is understandable and a fantasy that is believable.
At times the main character felt as if she was behaving much younger than her age, but as a young daughter of a well-respected and high-ranking officer, that can be understandable. It did make it hard at times for me to get behind her and feel empathy.
The pacing is good, the descriptions are imaginative and detailed.
I would recommend for anyone that is a fan of young adult books, and interested in fantasy works read this. It's not truly a young adult novel but it shares enough elements that I believe young adult fans would love it and it would be a great introduction to fantasy for them.
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Script by Daria Schmitt & art by Daria Schmitt