Caveney, Philip. Sebastian Darke; prince of fools.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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CAVENEY, Philip. Sebastian Darke; prince of fools. Random House, Delacorte. 338p. c2008. 978-0-385-73467-7. $15.99. JS

In the first part of the novel, Sebastian Darke is a down-on-his-luck, 17-year-old son of a successful but recently deceased court jester. He knows all of his father's jokes; unfortunately, when he tells them, no one laughs. He takes his father's caravan and talking buffalope Max on a trip across the plains to Keladon, a richer, bigger kingdom than his own village in hopes of finding a job as court jester to King Septimus. On the way he meets the pint-size but indomitable warrior Cornelius and rescues Princess Kerin from the evil Brigands. The princess is on her way home to Keladon to celebrate her 17th birthday, only a year away from King Septimus handing over the reins of government to his niece. Part II reveals that King Septimus has plotted the death of his niece, and her two new friends have spoiled his plans. Superficially exuding gratitude, he wastes no time in orchestrating their destruction, which of course goes awry because he has underestimated them all...

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