The Beggar King

The Beggar King

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"The world is merely wallpaper. Hide behind it. "

At last Jordan Elliott has a gift. He can disappear...but at what price? The Beggar King never gives without taking. Jordan is about to discover that everything has an underside: even magic, even him.

A political coup on Jordan's fifteenth birthday brings the disappearance of many Cirrans, including his mother. Brinnian guards have imprisoned them at an unknown location.

The time is also coming for Jordan to choose a vocation and take his robes, and not a single talent has revealed itself besides a gift for mischief. On his sixteenth birthday he risks everything in a defiant act punishable by hanging. The guards spot him; he is doomed.

When the Beggar King offers him the gift of disappearing, he has no choice but to accept. Who is this man, anyway? No one believes there's such thing as a Beggar King.

But there is, and he means to bring back the undermagic, a dangerous dark power from long ago. Jordan needs this power to save his mother, so he agrees to help the sorcerer. But he discovers that the undermagic is difficult to give up once you've tried it. And there is always a price, a terrible price, which the Beggar King does not name in advance.

Publisher: Saskatoon : Thistledown Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781927068373
Branch Call Number: J FIC Barke
Characteristics: 269 p.


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A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "The Beggar King is a darker teen fantasy about a city where the magic is fading and that is being invaded. The young protagonist, still searching for his talents and abilities, has to make the choice between tapping into a darker magic to save his city and risk his life, or work with his friends to rebel against the invaders.
I came in expecting a bit more from this book. The male protagonist is impatient and childish, and the book does not have a lot of character development. The setting, at least, is uncharacteristic for teen fantasy, and resembles a cross between Spain/ Italy, and the Middle East with an infusion of magic. I found it a little boring, but I have read much worse. It also has very little romance, which is unusual.

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