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JACOB OF AVONDALE by P. Craig Packer

 The king’s servant, Jacob, makes a shocking discovery in a secret room. What he finds could change his life forever. Witness the transformation of a commoner into a conqueror in Jacob of Avondale.
As Jacob reached the top of the staircase with the tray of soiled food still in hand, he heard a strange whispering coming from the room near the far end of the hall. In all of the years that Jacob had been a servant in the castle, he had never seen the inside of that room. He saw the court jester standing near the far wall with his back to the door. The little man seemed to be profoundly captivated by something and was whispering in an eerie, monotone voice.


The tyrannical reign of King Humphrey and Queen Millicent has inspired growing discontent among the people of Avondale. Few hold out hope for any change.

The king’s servant Jacob, an orphan who’s seen little beyond the castle walls, makes a shocking discovery in a secret room. What he finds could change his life and the future of Avondale forever. Jacob’s newly acquired treasure launches an epic journey for him and his friends, Princess Catherine, Raoul, and Elizabeth.

To restore the kingdom to its former glory, he’ll need to locate the five missing components of an ancient artifact. Along the way, he must defeat ferocious beasts, summit mountains, and journey to the depths of a vast and frigid lake if his expedition is to be successful.


But is a lowly servant up to such a task? Witness the transformation of a commoner into a conqueror in Jacob of Avondale


First line:
“You pick that up right now!” echoed the queen’s voice from down the long, dimly lit hallway as she disappeared around the corner."
(I wanted to put the last line, not the first, but it might be a spoiler.)

This book surprised me, in a positive way. It's a good, coming of age and guess what you aren't what you think you are book.
A fateful discovery leads Jacob and his companions on many cool quests and adventures. Middle grade readers, especially boys, will totally enjoy this book.


Rating:
L: No
V: No
S: No

Liked:
Jacob
Catherine

Disliked:
Possible trilogy (hate waiting!)

3 1/2 STARS

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