So remember my promise to bring you great books from down under? (And I don't mean Australia, I mean great books that you've never heard of.)
Here's another one.
But no, really, this fantasy novel is fun and easy to read. It's clean and the story has a certain universal appeal. On a personal note, I did at times find the headstrong female character just a tad bit annoying. But even worse was the idiot king who believed her--over and over and over again.
Other than his gullibility, however, I did have a certain affinity for said king, who I found rather attractive. Alas, our dear peasant can't have both the love interest and the antagonist.
Who this book will appeal to: I think it's marketed as YA. Personally I think it felt more like MG, appealing to children, especially girls, aged 9-15.
Here's the author's blog! Go check her out, support her, and ask your local library to buy a copy!