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Michael January
The Boy King's Tale

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

In The Boy King’s Tale, two entwined love stories, young and old, lead to betrayal, murder and the near overthrow of a kingdom in this extraordinary untold true story adventure of the early days of England’s Edward III. Crowned at thirteen when his father was deposed and murdered by his mother and her lover, the young king must come of age in the dark and twisted labyrinth of medieval politics, war, glory, love, sex and romance, with the future in the balance on one fateful night when rescue or death was held on the turn of a confession to a faceless monk. Told by English court poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, as one of his tales, on the day death bells toll from the steeples of Westminster.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10


Plot: January’s plot is steeped with fast-paced betrayal and intrigue. The storyline adequately portrays intense conflict within an authentic setting, and the novel stays grounded while balancing evocative details.

Prose/Style: January writes succinctly, with accurate period vernacular. His prose is crisp overall, despite some slight straying into moments of awkward dialogue.

Originality: The Boy King’s Tale intermingles the historical fiction details that readers will be looking for with some added striking and tantalizing character portraits that give it an edge.

Character Development/Execution: January’s characters stay mostly true to form and efficiently capture their bases in history. Queen Isabella will turn heads with her appeal bordering on instability, while King Edward tries to fulfill his role of a dedicated and fair ruler despite his personal demons.

Date Submitted: August 24, 2021