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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools

by Philip Caveney

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I randomly picked up this book and ended up enjoying it more than I expected. Fun and bordering on ridiculous at times. I'd read more from this series. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
Narrated by Maxwell Caufield. A delightfully entertaining adventure story. There are violent fight scenes (Cornelius is a particularly adept fighter) but also very humorous passages as Sebastian and Cornelius fight to save the strong-willed Princess from her conniving uncle the King. The skilled narration and acting make "Prince of Fools" ideal for family road trips but perhaps not for kids younger than 10. Sequels are guaranteed! ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I read this quite a few years ago and I can't remember exactly how good it was. I do remember really enjoying it so I'll give it 4 stars until I can get around to reading it again! ( )
  Gorthalon | Dec 7, 2014 |
Listened to - great voices by the reader. Humorous historical fantasy fiction. No magic - just talking animals. YA fiction. ( )
  LynnSigman | Dec 8, 2010 |
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com

Poor Sebastian Darke is just not funny. For most people, this is a minor inconvenience, but for the son of a successful jester, this is bad news.

After his father's untimely death, Sebastian is forced to put on his father's costume and continue his trade. The jester outfit doesn't really fit and neither does the profession. Undeterred but mostly just desperate, Sebastian sets off with his father's Buffalope, Max, to offer his humorous services to King Septimus of Keladon.

On the ensuing journey, the half-elf, half-human teen and his partner/pack animal meet the fierce but pint-sized Captain Cornelius Drummel and rescue a beautiful princess named Kerin. The four think their problems are over when they reach Keladon, but with a corrupt king on the throne the trouble is just starting.

SEBASTIAN DARKE: PRINCE OF FOOLS by Philip Caveney is a fast and fun-filled ride with bad jokes and worse villains. While the jokes are never good, the characters are wonderfully atypical. Philip Caveney follows in the rich tradition of evil crones, hair-brained schemes, and talking animals, and seems to have a lot of fun with it.

One of my favorite characters was Osbert, the barely intelligible but lovable royal Buffalope. An added plus are the pictures. And though I won't ruin the ending, I will say that it's refreshingly unexpected. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
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The ancient wooden caravan creaked slowly out from the cover of the trees and stopped for a moment on the wide stretch of plain.
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"Don't tell the princess any of your own jokes," said Max. "If you absolutely must tell one, stick to your father's material. It's safer."
"And keep a civil tongue in your head," Cornelius reminded him. "We need to stay in her good books."
"Yes, all right, all right! Honestly, you two act as though I don't know how to talk to people. I am a jester, don't forget, I have the gift of gab!"
Max and Cornelius exchanged worried glances.
"We're doomed."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440240263, Mass Market Paperback)

The Lord of Laughter, The Monarch of Mirth—if only the bumbling 17-year-old Sebastian Darke could be a successful jester like his father. The problem is, Sebastian’s not funny. But after his father’s death, with no choice but to beg in the streets, the half-human, half-elf teen sets off with Max, his father’s slightly cynical Buffalope, to offer his services as a jester to King Septimus of Keladon. On the way, they meet Captain Cornelius Drummel, small in stature, but the fiercest of fighters. The three rescue the fair princess Kerin, who’s being held captive by brigands, and happily escort her home. If only Sebastian knew the kidnapping was engineered by the evil King Septimus!

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Accompanied by his sardonic buffalope Max, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Darke meets a spoiled princess and a diminutive soldier who aid in his quest to become court jester to the evil King Septimus.

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