One of history's most turbulent times comes dramatically to life in this big, broad adventure novel. Twelve-year-old Alex, determined to get to the bottom of his parents' disappearance, sets out on a quest to find them. An ambitious time-travel novel set in Scotland at the time of William Wallace, Death of a King explores the turbulence of the bloody late thirteenth century after King Alexander dies on his way to Kinghorn without leaving an heir to the throne. The country is thrown into chaos, and Alex must overcome many obstacles along his path. Full of humor, intrigue, bloodshed, battles, and suspense, Death of a King is a rollicking read told by a major voice in historical fiction.
|Sold by:||Random House|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||10 Years|
About the Author
Born in the Netherlands, Andrew H. Vanderwal was raised in Canada. A partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Andrew H. Vanderwal lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons. His first novel for young adults, The Battle for Duncragglin, was a great critical success. Visit his website at www.duncraggglin.com. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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This is definitely a unique story line I felt it was geared more towards tweens and if you are a fan of the Ranger’s Apprentice then I think this story will quickly suck you in. Death of a King takes readers to the Scottish Late Middle Ages with a time-travel twist. I feel this aspect could totally have been taken out, and the story, with all of its rich historical content and placing Alex directly in the late thirteenth century, would have still made for a phenomenal read. The author, Andrew H. Vanderwal, includes just enough Scottish accent to give culture to the context but not to the point of causing difficulties when reading. If you have watched enough movies or know even the faintest about Scottish history, you will be enamored at the world building and story line that easily flow from cover to cover. “Scraps? Save them for the pigs. The lad’s entitled to something decent once in a while.” Overall, I liked the premise of this book; I felt it is an appropriate and enjoyable read for all ages, which is a major value for many families. Don’t forget to read the prequel Battle for Duncragglin first. I would definitely recommend this book. Reviewed by Kim for Portland Book Review