The King’s Questioner

From the author of ‘The Midnight Dance’ comes an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.

Kalen has been cursed with a gift: he’s a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.

But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’ mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.

With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.

The King’s Questioner, Nikki Katz
January 14th, 2020

The King’s Questioner had such great promise. It was an awesome premise; a mental picklock, secrets, magic, drama! But the execution…

It fell short of every expectation. The characters were one-dimensional, there was a lack of pacing and nothing to hook me. I was intrigued enough to get nearly 1/4 of the way through, but I just kept turning the page, hoping something would be better than on the previous one.

That was never the case.

I ended up constantly thinking about other books I could be reading instead of this one and it sucked. I wanted to like it. The King’s Questioner had so many elements I love, but it just didn’t work for me.

My Rating:
DNF.

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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