Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to the faraway Barony of Cant...a land out of time, and so small that it is destined to be forever lost in the creases of even the best of maps.
Young Lucy Wickwright an obedient maidservant who is perhaps a bit too good at her job tends to the Baron of Cant's mischievous daughter, The Adored & Honorable Pauline Esmerelda Simone-Thierry von Cant. Lucy's eagerness to please her charge, as well as her elders, unwittingly leads her to become a key player in a mysterious rebellion that is brewing not only throughout the Barony but within the castle grounds. Soon, she finds herself not only a spy, but also risking her life for a cause that is pitted against her own mistress. When Lucy discovers that she an orphan! is actually the true heir of Cant and at the heart of the revolution itself, she must choose between foiling the rebellion, which supports her right to the throne, or betraying her own flesh and blood.
With remarkable wit and a flair for the fantastic, debut novelist K. P. Bath captivates readers with fast-paced action and adventure, a cast of unforgettable, eccentric characters, and two strong female heroines who learn that cunning and heroism are not merely words in storybooks.
With artistic embellishments by David Christiana
"Laughs abound in the pages of Bath's delightful debut fantasy. In the 'admittedly hard to find' Barony of Cant, the orphaned Lucy Wickwright works as a servant to the hilariously inept Pauline, heir to the throne in a land where all the politicians embrace 'the noble pastime of chewing gum.' While on a visit to the chief astronomer, Luigi Lemonjello (a man who 'was quite content never to set his foot on the ground'), Lucy is mistaken for a member of the Cause, a rebellion that blames all of society's ills on gum chewing. The astronomer taps Lucy to deliver money to the imprisoned freedom fighter Arden Gutz, who in turn convinces her to retrieve his confiscated, unpublished manifesto on the evils of gum. The larger story reveals Lucy's mysterious past and her connection to the royal family of Cant. These ties put her in the sights of the evil Vladimir Orloff ('the foul enemy of our glorious Cause,' according to Arden Gutz), who is jockeying for the throne and has secrets of his own. Bath weaves together these threads into a satisfying plot twist. The politicians' addiction to exotic, imported gum works well as political satire and also sheer silliness, and the author nimbly balances British-tinged comedy with medieval-flavored court intrigue even as he sets his tale in the present (Lucy sports T-shirts and blue jeans). Readers will hope that the ending points to a sequel. Ages 10-14. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Bath deals with a familiar fairy-tale theme: the discovery of noble lineage in a maidservant. His treatment, however, is quirky, funny, and rife with social satire....delightful." Connie Tyrrell Burns, School Library Journal
"With its quirky medieval setting and unpretentious, underdog heroine, this story will appeal to young fans of that other popular orphan." Kirkus Reviews
With remarkable wit and a flair for the fantastic, debut author Bath captivates readers with fast-paced action, a cast of eccentric characters, and two strong female heroines who learn that cunning and heroism are not merely words in a storybook. Includes artistic embellishments by David Christiana.