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The Poison Throne – tekijä: Celine…

The Poison Throne (vuoden 2009 painos)

– tekijä: Celine Kiernan

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Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father to find the king has become a violent despot, his son, Alberon has fled into exile and Alberon's half-brother, Razi has been elevated to king. Wynter must choose between her father or her dreams, her friend or her king, her duty or her love.
Teoksen nimi:The Poison Throne
Kirjailijat:Celine Kiernan
Info:East Melbourne, Vic. : Allen and Unwin, 2009.
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*****


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 29) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The Poison Throne, the first novel in Celine Kiernan's Moorehawke trilogy, is a light, easy to read fantasy with little depth. I found the characters and plot to be rather flat most of the time, and the world in which the characters live to be weakly fleshed out. In addition, many key elements of the story were never satisfactorily explained - such as why Prince Alberon went into exile, or why King Jonathon has become a paranoid tyrant - leaving this reader frustrated. I can only hope the second novel in the series provides the answers I'm looking for. ( )
1 ääni Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
Wow. I hadn't expected to enjoy "The Poison Throne" so much - but I enjoyed it more than most of the debut novels I’ve read in recent times.

The Poison Throne is the first in a trilogy about the adventures of 15 year old Wynter Moorehawke.

Wynter makes a fascinating study in the fortitude and self-possession it takes for a woman to navigate life at court while maintaining her own ideas, opinions, and agendas. Although she is not noble by birth, her father was named Protector Lord by the King, and Wynter is the Protector Lady. As such, she grew up at court in the company of Razi and Alberon, the king's two sons. Alberon is the legitimate heir to the throne; Razi is older but illegitimate, so he has been trained for life as a doctor.

The story begins with Wynter and her father returning to her homeland after a 5 year absence, eager to see her princely childhood friends - only to find everything has radically changed. Razi has recently returned from Padua and the Moroccos, where he has been furthering his medical studies. Lorcan, once a confidante of the King, had been sent to the northern lands as a royal emissary – but now is very ill and being held at arms-length. Once kindly King Jonathan appears to have gone insane, formally declaring his heir Alberon dead and attempting to replace him with his illegitimate son, Razi, despite Razi’s resistance and the outcry of the entire kingdom. Talking cats, once somewhat revered, have been exterminated; ghosts are decreed to not exist; and death awaits anyone who attempts to converse with either.

Wynter, together with Razi and his new best friend, the enigmatic Christopher Garron, must get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding the castle - where is Alberon and why has he disappeared? Why is King Jonathan going off the deep end? And what does the rumoured "bloody chair" have to do with Wynter's ailing father and King Jonathan's past and present.

Wynter is forced to decide between loyalty to her friends, loyalty to her country, and loyalty to her father. She does not decide lightly, but her course of action shapes the events for the last two books in the series.

The Poison Throne is not only beautifully written but also has elements of magic, history and romance. I have learnt, after many years of reading, that the author's ability to conjure scenes lies in their ability to pay attention to the smallest details. Celine's characters are still swimming in my head, weeks after reading the first part of this exciting trilogy; I galloped through the forest with Wynter, plotted Razi's escape with him and laughed at Christopher's wicked sense of humour.

I enjoyed "The Poison Throne" so much I went out and ordered the rest of the series by the time I was up to page 50! ( )
  Jawin | Jan 5, 2015 |
Wynter comes home with her ill father after five years away to find the kingdom oppressed by their once benevolent king. What is going on? Why has he changed? And where is his son and heir and Wynter's childhood playmate, Alberon? That's the main focus of this book.

The distressing situation in which the King finds himself harming his children and his kingdom in order to save it is alluded to but not revealed which left me generally feeling frustrated and confused.

His overall behaviour is odd. He does the most cruel and violent things and yet manages to display anguish and regret at what he's done as well as tenderness and perhaps even love for his old friend Lorcan, Wynter's father.

The King's calculated manipulations never included Wynter except to occasionally demand she stand in for her father. I fully expected the King to pay more attention to her especially since she got away with being rude as well as defying him and considering the rumours about his son Razi as well as the threats to his life I assumed the King would force him to marry Wynter despite their brother-sister friendship.

I would've much preferred this to the strange growing feelings between Wynter and Christopher. Their changing relationship was unnatural. I understood Christopher's attraction to Wynter with his promiscuous nature and his sudden need to protect her after his torture but Wynter never thought of him in a romantic sense, even if her father assumed she did. She reacted to him, a major ally to both herself and Razi, being ripped away, forced to leave to stop him from being used against them.

Wynter's decision to abandon her father's plan and seek Alberon, although brave, seemed incredibly stupid. She doesn't have all of the facts. She hasn't seen him in years. He could try to kill her or use her to kill Razi as he's been trying to do. Which doesn't make sense, why not kill the king? The people will never accept Razi as king and he doesn't want the job so why try to kill him?

I love the cover, the font used and I felt sympathy for Wynter, her dying father, Razi and Christopher. This was very readable, my curiosity implored me to keep turning those pages hoping more would be revealed or some relief given to the characters. I've pre-ordered the next book, I just hope that more is revealed within it's pages. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

After five years away on the King’s business, Wynter Moorehawke and Lorcan, her father, have returned to court. Though they are carpenters of common birth, they also serve their friend, King Jonathan, as Lord and Lady Protector. Wynter is excited to be reunited with her childhood friends Alberon and Razi, the King’s legitimate and illegitimate sons, respectively. They were like brothers to her and she and Lorcan were practically part of the King’s family. But it quickly becomes clear that things have changed dramatically since she’s been gone. King Jonathan has become a tyrant, and with her father’s fading health, Wynter realizes that even her own life could be in danger.

The Poison Throne is a pleasant read due to some immediately engaging characters: Wynter, Lorcan, Razi, Razi’s new friend Christopher, a ghost, and a palace cat. Kate Rudd, who narrated the audio version (Brilliance Audio), did a nice job with each of them. (I’ve noticed that Ms Rudd is especially good with books with young female protagonists.) I liked all of these characters right from the start — there are many tender moments in The Poison Throne and this was definitely the best part of the book.

Except for the opening and closing scenes, all of the plot occurs inside the castle grounds (most inside the castle itself) and involves a lot of political maneuvering, silly court behavior, sneaking around, concern and conversation about what everyone else thinks and does, etc. It’s a lot of emotion and angst (“Oh, Razi!” “Oh, Christopher!” “Oh, Dad!”) and some of the characters’ interactions and decisions are sometimes hard to believe.

The general setting and history are a bit far-fetched, too. For example, we’re told that this kingdom had formerly been stable, prosperous, and happy, with the royal family enjoying favor among the people. King Jonathan was a good and fair man until recently. If so, why is Wynter (as soon as she returns, before she realizes that things have changed) so hung up on perfectly proper courtly behavior? Why does she worry that the court will eat Christopher alive if he makes a social blunder? She’s so concerned that he’ll never be accepted because of his common ancestry — yet she used to be a commoner, too. Plotwise, it’s unclear why King Jonathan has to order his thuggish personal guard to kill people so that he can stop them from going out the guarded castle gate. Since he’s such a tyrant, why doesn’t he just tell the guards at the gate not to let them through? These things (and a few others) may be perfectly explainable — perhaps I missed something — but there were several times that I felt like I only had a loose grasp on why some things were happening or why Wynter, Razi, and Christopher had to take certain drastic and dangerous actions. I just wasn’t convinced about a few important aspects of the plot.

In the end, there is a lot more angst than believable plot in The Poison Throne and it takes a long time to get to what feels like “Scene 2” at the end of the book. However, because the characters are so endearing, it’s pleasant to spend time with them, even when they are just sitting around wondering what's going on. Because there’s a mystery to solve and it feels like something exciting may actually be starting to happen (we’re leaving the castle!), I have to admit that I’m looking forward to reading on in The Crowded Shadows. If you don’t insist on a quick and tight plot, The Moorehawke Trilogy may turn out to be a fun story. I recommend trying it on audio. ( )
1 ääni Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Hmmm. Ambivalent about this one. Torture is central to the story. Not entirely sure about this. It's pretty graphically described. I don't think the book is groundbreaking. But there are some good characters and nice touches (ghosts, talking cats). I'd go about 3.5 stars, but maybe less for younger readers due to the content. I don't need to race out and find the next book in the trilogy.
  devilish2 | Dec 22, 2013 |
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Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father to find the king has become a violent despot, his son, Alberon has fled into exile and Alberon's half-brother, Razi has been elevated to king. Wynter must choose between her father or her dreams, her friend or her king, her duty or her love.

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