The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz — ARC Review

The King's Questioner by Nikki Katz.jpgSummary:

From the author of ‘The Midnight Dance’ comes an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.

Kalen has been cursed with a gift: he’s a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.

But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’ mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.

With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.

Review: 3 Stars

As soon as I heard about this book I was excited for it. It had everything that I look for in a fantasy; secrets, deception, royalty and magic. I had really high hopes and while I did really enjoy reading this book it was no where near my expectations. While it wasn’t the great book that I had expected, it was still a good read and I found Kalen’s story to be interesting. I finished this book pretty quickly and thought that it was pretty good, but it just was lacking a little something.

From the very first chapter I was intrigued. I found the idea of being able to fetter out secrets through mind reading to be a fascinating concept and I really loved the way that it was used in this book. The way that memories were depicted was fascinating and I loved the physical depiction of how secrets were locked away. I loved how memories were described as well. Memories were seen more vivid than reality and I thought that was really interesting. But despite these fascinating ideas and uses of magic I think that this novel turned out to be just okay.

The characters fell a little flat for me. Kalen was interesting and sweet and I really liked him as a protagonist but I didn’t love him. Cirrus on the other hand I didn’t love. I found him to be kind of rude a lot of the time and I never really warmed up to him. Sometimes his remarks were funny, but for the most part I never really liked him. Luna on the other hand was a really fun and spunky character to read about, but she didn’t get much time in the book to really make her stand out. But Reign was a terrible character in my opinion. Her character development was non existent, yet she went from having no control over her power at all to being able to control it completely without any effort. It just seemed like a huge plot hole to me and it was hard to get past.

Overall I think that this novel was full of great ideas, but I think it needed more work. The characters needed more development and I even felt like the plot could have used more work. The climax didn’t have much of an impact and two days after reading the book it’s already fading from my mind. I’m pretty disappointed because I had anticipated this book to be a 5 star read and it’s already forgettable. I think a large part of my problem was that I went in with really high expectations and this just wasn’t the book that I wanted it to be.

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