• The Idiot King

  • Ghostspeaker Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Patty Jansen
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Lerner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Idiot King

By: Patty Jansen
Narrated by: Genevieve Lerner
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Continued from book 2.

Johanna, Roald, Nellie, and Loesie have come to Florisheim, finding many of their kinsmen there. The survivors from the burning of Saardam who have come here are the nobles who were never great supporters the old king, and it is likely that they won’t support his son either, even if he were normal. They support his marriage to Johanna even less, and Johanna’s position as the new king’s wife would be improved immensely if she produced an heir, but so far that’s not happening.

Florisheim is alive with evil magic, and that magic is starting to affect the Saarlanders, who are unused to it. They suffer apparitions of ghosts, people driven to injure themselves, or taken prisoner to work in a mysterious hole in the ground. Johanna knows that they have to get out of that evil place, but where can they go when the violence covers the entire known world?

©2015 Patty Jansen (P)2018 Patty Jansen

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Mysteries are exposed but create more intrigue

Johanna, Roald, Nellie, and Loesie are great characters. They are each changing and each unique from everyone else. They have growth and development. Roald is deemed the idiot king because he is shy and probably autistic. He is different from most people. Johanna is learning that he is very smart. She encourages his reading habit. He is also child like. He seems very sweet. Johanna protects him and he protects her. She is learning to rule and Roald doesn't want to. He just wants to do his own thing.

The plot flows along well. There is action and drama. Johanna doesn't know who to trust and often she is right about her judgements. I'd recommend this book to those looking for an urban fantasy book about royalty and war with magic. There magic is interesting. It is not the type I read about often. We meet some people in this book. I was scared and I cried. I feel like I am a part of the story. I look forward to the next book in the series. This is a great book that you want to read in one setting. I just had to know what was going to happen next.

The narrator does a great job. She is energetic and easy to listen to.

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