The King’s Questioner
by Nikki Katz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
From Nikki Katz, the author of The Midnight Dance , comes The King’s Questioner, an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.
Kalen is 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’s 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 story line was fun and unique. I absolutely loved it. It’s well written, fast paced. You’ll be instantly sucked into the story.
Kalen, the King’s Questioner, has the magical ability to see other people’s memories/discover a person’s secrets by touch, hidden or not. The king uses him as an interrogator, ignoring the pain and suffering it inflicts on Kalen. When he uncovers a terrifying secret that could potentially destroy the kingdom, secrets from the princes’ past, Kalen sets off with some allies– and a thief named Luna to stop that destruction from occurring.
The King’s Questioner was unique in it’s own way. A clever premise with likable characters, but I feel like they needed more development.
Overall, this was a great story. Unsure if this will end up being a series, I feel like there’s room for more! I recommend it!
Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.
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