"The Lord of Laughter, the Monarch of Mirth, the King of Comedy"- if only bumbling Sebastian Darke could live up to these epithets and be a successful jester like his father. The problem is, Sebastian's never been very funny. But after his father's death, with no choice but to beg in the streets, the half-human, half-elf teen sets off with Max, his father's slightly cynical and fully self-important Buffalope, to offer his services as a jester to King Septimus of Keladon-rumored to be one of the richest monarchs in the world. On the way, the pair meets Captain Cornelius Drummel, small in stature but the fiercest of fighters. The three rescue the fair princess and soon-to-be-queen, Kerin, who's being held captive by brigands, and happily escort her back home. If only Sebastian knew that the kidnapping was part of a plot engineered by the evil King Septimus. A plot that poor Sebastian has now foiled. No one would dare challenge the king. No one but a fool.
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by Philip Goff
by C.S. Harris
by Philip Kerr
by Philip Moriarty
by Philip Gulley
by Philip Reeve
by Philip Palmer
by Philip R. Craig
"Maxwell Caulfield narrates this whimsical tale with imagination and vigor. Rookie jester Sebastian Darke has inherited his late father's vocation but, unfortunately, not his comedic skills. Caulfield sprinkles the teenager's lack of talent with plenty of optimism and youthful resolve. Sebastian's cynical sidekick, a talking Buffalope, is cleverly rendered by Caulfield with the drudgery of Eeyore and the wisdom of Yoda. When the pair embark upon a journey to seek employment at the court of a distant king, they encounter a deceptively miniature fighter with remarkable ferocity. All along, Caulfield adds to the entertaining saga with rich characterizations. The result is a satisfying tale of treachery and the pursuit of justice, with sarcastic humor and a surprise ending. N.M.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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