The Princelings of the East series

Suitable for children age 10 to 110, The Princelings of the East was a trilogy relating the adventures of unlikely heroes Fred and George. Two innocents abroad, they solve problems caused by unintended consequences, commercial greed, and blind prejudice—and still find time to engage in troubled love affairs and nearly blow themselves up with their own inventions.

After that, the villain of book one wanted to set the record straight from his point of view, and then other characters took over. Eventually Jemima realised where this series was heading, and wrote all the books that were needed.

The series was completed with the release of Princelings Revolution on 1st October 2020. Apparently the date is important.


Book 1 - The Princelings of the East

The Princelings of the East is an adventure set in a world of labyrinthine castles, bustling inns, and the curious Isle of Hattan. Fred and George leave the security of their isolated castle to solve the problem of the Great Energy Drain, meeting the dubious businessman Hugo, the young barkeep Victor, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, and other movers and shakers. Time is of the essence in this tale, and competition between castles drives the action. 
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Book 2 - The Princelings and the Pirates

The opening of The Princelings and the Pirates finds Fred and George ensconced in Castle Buckmore. When the Prince announces his unhappiness with the wine, they set off to discover what has gone wrong at the winery. Captured by pirates, shipwrecked, and in danger for their very lives, the heroes are drawn into the Battle of Dimerie, where Fred meets his true love and George gets more than he bargained for.

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Book 3 - The Princelings and the Lost City

In The Princelings and the Lost City, Fred has made a commitment to his true love, Kira, but must win her father’s approval. George, meanwhile, is near to fulfilling his destiny, but gets sidetracked by the arrival of a new flying machine. A simple journey to introduce Kira to their home castle turns into a case of kidnap, mistaken identity, heartache, and the discovery of a totalitarian society hidden in the forest. 

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Book 4 - The Traveler in Black and White

In the fourth book in the Princelings series, Lord Mariusz of Hattan narrates, in his own Chandler-esque style, how he came to explore the world on the end of the time tunnel, and why he adopted the pseudonym Hugo in the first place. In the Princelings world of 2001 we meet old friends as their much younger selves. You think Victor is cute? You should see him eight years younger – “a bundle of flying legs and hair”! Prince Lupin is much as he ever is, but Baden has yet to escape the succession wars at Castle Powell. Saku is, of course, well established as Lord Mariusz’s ingenious professor at Castle Hattan, but we find he knows more about the workings of time than we imagined. The Honourable Smallweed is only getting started on the trail of deceit and meanness that will characterise all his future dealings. And we journey to new places, Sowerby, Powell, and a strange city full of females, hidden in a forest. We also discover that stories of ghouls, ghosts, vampires and werewolves are not just tales to frighten children after all.
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Book 5 - The Talent Seekers

In the fifth book in the Princelings series, we find the young outcast from the Lost City of Arbor travelling west as his mother suggested. He is rounded up amongst other exiles, but escapes, and finds himself among people that could be his friends, something he has never had before. But they are under threat, and Humphrey’s adventures twist and turn as he is called to his destiny by an unknown force, one that calls to his special hearing skills. He meets other talented individuals and learns to be a team, to work with others for the common good. It’s a tale of greed, of fighting, of cruelty and of a darker place than the ones we’ve met so far in the Princelings world. Heroes and heroines emerge from the unlikeliest of places to find laughter and friendship and a place where they belong. The Talent Seekers is a fantasy adventure story with paranormal influences and some pitched battles. It is set in the months between the Prologue and the Epilogue of the Princelings and the Lost City, but with otherwise little connection to the previous stories in the series. It’s suitable for readers aged 13 and upwards.

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Book 6 - Bravo Victor

The sixth book in the Princelings of the East series is Bravo Victor.  It is now 2015, and the realms are developing as a result of the introduction of the strawberry juice power plants.  Aviation is increasing, the carriages are now propelled by electricity, and a new communication system connects all the population centres.

Victor has his own modern project – a velocipede, an early form of bicycle – and he’s looking for a partner to work with.  While he’s doing that, he stumbles on odd information, and seeks advice from King Fred at Castle Marsh.  Fred has his own problems, since his brother George has not returned from a flying festival.  Victor joins Sundance, a secret agent, to help him with his investigation in the Rhinelands and at the same time search for George.  What he finds is a web of intrigue, involving numerous versions of a well-known soft drink, two people who profess to own it, and a flying machine that may or may not hold the key to the future. And Victor’s biggest headache comes from meeting an old friend… who is no older than he was when Victor was just a wee lad.

Although you can read Bravo Victor on its own, it does follow on from books 1 to 4, and includes some characters from book 5 in a minor way.  It’s intended for children of about 12 and up, especially if they are interested in technology and business!

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Book 7 - Willoughby the Narrator

We first met Willoughby in Book 5, the Talent Seekers, where he was last seen in a somewhat cliff-hanging scene.  Now he narrates his own story - how he was left behind at the wrong end of the time tunnel when it closed, and made the most of things when he discovered his talent for telling stories - and other talents.

In this book, he tells of his adventures in three stages - his arrival and his adoption by Castle White Horse, his period as Narrator in Residence at Castle Buckmore, where he gets to meet the rich and infamous, and realises what dark deeds are going on behind the scenes.  Finally he brings us forward to the events of 2016, and his part in unveiling the truth behind the power of Castle Vexstein, until his very existence is compromised once again.  A Narrator with nine lives, it seems...

Willoughby the Narrator is an integral part of the series, starting in parallel with book 1, directly relating to events in Book 5, then moving on alongside and forward from book 6.  It is highly integrated with the rest of the series, and should keep fans of complexity well amused!

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Book 8 - The Princelings of the North

The Princelings of the North is the eighth in The Princelings of the East series. It is the tale of how Princelings Dylan and Dougall, who live in the far northwest of an island off the northwest coast of the Realms, rescue an exiled prince, and battle against the odds to restore him to his birthright.

Irrepressible Dylan and steady Dougall are inseparable denizens of the tiny castle of Haunn, so far away from the rest of civilisation that it’s almost off the map. And maps are one of the key things in this intricate adventure. Dylan finds a treasure map inside a bottle washed up and the shore – and he reckons he knows where X is.

Instead of treasure, he finds the exiled Prince Kevin of Castle Deeping, antagonist in the Talent Seekers and a bit-player in Bravo Victor. Kevin has had time to realise what a fool he’s been, and now wants vengeance, and his castle back, which is just the sort of adventurous challenge that Dylan aspires to.

But nothing is ever that easy, and what starts as a simple mission turns into a nightmare that rocks the foundations of the Realms.

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Book 9 - Chronicles of Marsh

The Princelings of the East are now King Fred and Prince Engineer George.  Gone are the years of innocence when they travelled for adventure and uncovered time tunnels and pirate plots.  Now Fred, assisted by his queen, Kira, has the responsibility for his people, his lands, and for persuading the lords and kings of the Realms to act together for the common good. George just has to work on his inventions, always thinking of a final goal: to fulfil the promises made to Lord Mariusz so long ago.

Neither has an easy task.

Fred decides to write a history of his reign, starting with the joy of his inheritance, and documenting how technological progress is not necessarily the key to communal good.

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Book 10 (final) - Princelings Revolution

The planes are crashing, the people are angry at the changes and shortages. King Fred puts democracy to the test and finds it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  And things are going from bad to worse…

Above all this there is a promise Fred wants to keep. A promise to an engaging chap he made when he was a mere stripling, when he persuaded Lord Marius of Hattan to stop the Great Energy Drain.

What will happen if he fails?

The tenth and final book of the Princelings of the East series brings our heroes to the brink of disaster. The Realms will never be the same again – but how will Fred, George, Jasmine, Willoughby and all the others fare?

An intriguing fantasy mystery adventure for readers aged 10 and upwards.

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Ⓒ 2011 - 2020 J M Pett,  Cover illustrations copyright Daniella English.