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The Lost King

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The Lost King' tells the story of Louis XVII – the French royal who officially died at the age of ten but, as legend has it, escaped to foreign lands where he lived to an old age. Sabatini breathes life into these age-old myths, creating a story of passion, revenge and betrayal. He tells of how the young child escaped to Switzerland from where he plotted his triumphant ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1937)
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Feb 18, 2013 Pandora rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, sabatini
It was a good Sabatini but, not one to start out with. Unfortuntely it is not narrated by the lost king but, instead by another character. The lead Florence la Salle is a good character as he journey from idealist to con man. I was also disappointed in that the lost king was never allowed the freedom to choose his own path. It was a good read but, if you are expecting a fun adventure story alla Scarmouche this is not it. It is not as dark as Captain Blood but, it does have cycnical edge. Knowing ...more
Aug 02, 2008 Old-Barbarossa rated it it was amazing
A plot to restore the Bourbons to the throne of France...well, the rightful Bourbon anyway.
A bunch of political manipulation around someone who may or may not be Louis XVII.
Napoleon lurking on the horizon.
Not as much revenge as in other Sabatini novels (and no swordplay), but this is made up for by the character of La Salle. In my book he's up there with Alan Breck (Kidnapped) as one of my favourite honest rogues in fiction.
Jan 22, 2012 Chet rated it liked it
Although DNA evidence supposedly put this mystery to rest back in 2000, this was still a fascinating take on what may have been the fate of the Orphan of the Temple.
Apr 06, 2010 Billie rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, adventure
This book is a novel of political intrigue and machinations that take decades to play out. It' a very exciting journey that Sabatini takes the reader on - escapes from prisons,pursuits of escaped kings and so on. Nearly every detail in the first half proved critical to understanding what transpired in the second, and I found myself referring back frequently and smiling at how neatly the author had set things up. All in all I really liked the book.
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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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