The Princelings of the East series

The first publications of Jemima Pett, The Princelings of the East started as a Trilogy telling the adventures of Fred and George.  The tale didn't stop there, with the fourth book as a prequel (although should be read after at least the first book), the fifth telling of events in other parts of the Princelings world and the sixth and seventh taking the saga onwards, involving Fred and George once more.

Suitable for children age 10 to 110, The Princelings of the East is 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.

Book 1

book coverThe 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. Read and comment on the first three chapters.... Click here. Buy the Princelings of the East ebook:

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Book 2

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. Buy the Princelings and the Pirates:

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Book 3

Lost City coverIn 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. Buy The Princelings and the Lost City

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Book 4 - The Traveler in Black and White

TheTravelerCoverFinal1In 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

The Talent Seekers cover #1In 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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Now in paperback: ISBN 978-1-32-056676-6

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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Now in paperback ISBN 978-1-32-069817-7


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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