Thursday, November 21, 2019

Book Review: The King’s Niece by Isabella Berdyna Zysk

The King's Niece is a historical fantasy set in a medieval-like world. Robbie is the king's niece but she has never met her uncle. In fact, she's forbidden from leaving the eastern lands of Penrith to journey to the west, where the royal palace is. Until that is, her cousin and best friend Margo, the king's daughter Princess Margaret Rose, asks her to. The two had spent the last six years together at convent school, and now that Margo was of age to marry and was called to return to the palace, she wanted Robbie with her. Neither of the two young women have any idea of the threats that lay over Margo's head from the notorious Maulds people, whose chieftan wants her throne.



An enjoyable medieval fantasy read as we meet an orphan named Robbie who escorts us through this tale. When the Kings own daughter comes to stay at the Convent to be schooled due to the King's re-marriage to a young maiden. Robbie and Margaret discover their cousins and their family’s sordid past. When it is time for Margaret to return to the palace to be married Margaret implores Robbie to come with her. Hiding her family red locks Robbie gives in posing as Margaret’s personal servant.

The King’s Champion Sir Cadwalder is sent to bring Margaret back to the palace. Robbie’s instincts instantly grow suspicious of him. Then at the place, Robbie catches Sir Cadwalder secretly meeting someone at the water's edge. What is he up to? Why is Margaret’s betrothed keep backing down? When the Prince of Keswick arrives for Margaret’s initial wedding, he is then asked to receive Margaret’s hand. The danger then ensures as Sir Cadwalder's deviousness is revealed. Can love be found amongst the chaos?

Not my normal genre I found this book quite enjoyable. The author pulled me in this adventurous tale of secrets and medieval espionage set among Kings, Queens, and kingdoms. 


Isabella Berdyna Zysk was born in Michigan, raised in southern California and central Virginia, worked and lived in several states and foreign countries, and now resides in Florida where she enjoys retirement.
Her interests include the writings of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, horses, trees, sustainable farming, and art.