Jeff Wheeler (author of almost two dozen fantasy books including the Mirrowen trilogy and the Muirwood series) is set to release his latest book on April 1, the start of a brand new trilogy: the Kingfountain Series. A different kingdom in a different world, and a different direction for the successful fantasy author; this will be the first time he’s told a story from an eight-year-old boy’s point of view.
The Duke of Kiskaddon has betrayed the king. Never mind that he was trying to help overthrow a usurper; there are consequences for treason. The Duke has already seen his eldest son executed in retaliation, and now to protect the rest of his family he has to send another one of his sons to the court of Kingfountain to act as hostage to the notoriously bad-tempered King Severn.
Small for his age, quiet, and almost paralyzingly shy with adults, Owen Kiskaddon has to learn to survive court intrigues in a place where it’s widely understood that he’ll be killed the moment his parents step out of line again. He’s helped by the few friends he makes in Kingfountain: the kindly cook and her husband, the princess Elyse (daughter of the king that Severn overthrew), and the taciturn Duke Horwith. But to stay alive and try to change his parents’ fate he’ll have to rely on a person that many think died years ago, someone who’s true identity is a mystery, but who has a terrifying reputation: The Queen’s Poisoner.