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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (Sebastian Darke #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  795 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
The Lord of Laughter, The Monarch of Mirth—if only the bumbling 17-year-old Sebastian Darke could be a successful jester like his father. The problem is, Sebastian’s not 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 Buffalope, to offer his services as a jester to ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Laurel Leaf (first published December 28th 2006)
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Apr 06, 2016 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. A jester who can't tell a joke for his life and a speaking buffalope sound somewhat promising, but it isn't. I would have loved to give this book more than 1 star, but this lone star is for the writing style and the attempt at making different characters.

This book is a typical hero story and I knew all of the time what was going to happen next, there are no unpredictable twists and turns and Philip Caveney somehow didn't even try tom
Jun 09, 2009 Parisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, year-2009
real rating: 2.5 stars.

I really wanted to like this book. And I did at certain points. For instance, the cover design and parts of the interior design were awesome! I didn't like the margins--they were huge. Also, Cornelius was a great character. I loved how fierce he was and what an amazing warrior he was, better than anyone else even though he was a little person.

The thing that bothered me was that it seemed like the book couldn't figure out if it was YA or middle readers. I'm sure it was YA,
Nov 16, 2014 Xavier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Xavier Dahlstet
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Caveney prince of fools reminds me of myself with the struggles and way of life. A seventeen year old Jester who travels to the city and becomes a proper jester like his father and saves himself and his mother from poverty. Sebastion can't tell a joketo save his life. I thought the book was well put together and had many details of each obstacle and decisions he was put to.
The theme of the book is many people would dp anything to keep their family together
Jul 21, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this. We listened to it in the car to UT. Cause of recommendations i even had to buy it!!!

The audio was excellent. The voice was amazing.

My favorite chapter names was "That Stupid Gurl" (and i don't usually use the word 'stupid'.

Cornelius and Max were wonderful characters. we can't wait to see what happens yet.
Rumput Bergoyang
Jan 13, 2016 Rumput Bergoyang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, punya
Sebastian Darke ingin menjadi pelawak kerajaan, seperti ayahnya yang sudah meninggal. Ia bersama Max (seekor buffalope—makhluk semacam kerbau) pergi melakukan perjalanan menuju Keladon untuk mewujudkan keinginan itu. Tapi Sebastian cuma remaja yang kemampuan melawaknya masih jauh dengan kehebatan ayahnya. Max, buffalope tua itu adalah orang eh hewan yang sering menyangsikannya. Ya, ternyata dia bisa bicara!

Perjalanan yang mereka tempuh dengan modal nekat itu tidak semulus yang diharapkan. Melewa
Oct 05, 2009 Tyas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Here I tell you what’s wrong with the first book of Sebastian Darke:
It’s so Hollywood-ishly predictable, and thus boring. So boring that I skipped many pages of the last chapters.

It started well, actually. Really well. I really enjoyed the first quarter, thinking that the book offered something quite new. A perspiring fool and a talking buffalope bickering all the way – that felt really funny and witty. But as the story went on, I got a strong feeling that I knew what was going to happen, what t
Jan 30, 2016 JennRenee rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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This book was a book club read from the teen book club at my local library. I was not sure what I was getting into when I received it; however by the book summary on the back of the book, it sounded entertaining.

The story is a classic fairytale with setting and creatures from a fantasy. Sebastian Darke who starts on a quest with his buffalope to the kingdom to apply for the job of the court jester. His father was a great jester and Sebastian hope
Miss Ryoko
Actual rating: 3.5

I couldn't decide if I wanted to give this book a 3 star rating or a 4 star rating, so I went in the middle. There were things I really liked about this book, but at the same time I felt the plot itself wasn't very creative or original, hence the conundrum.

First things first, there is no doubt about Philip Caveney's ability to write! He is a fantastic writer! The language, the descriptions, the feeling you got from the words were all perfect. Everything fit the story so well. H
El Templo
"Estas navidades encontramos dos libros con portadas similares en la sección de novedades juveniles. Uno de ellos, Sebastian Darke, príncipe de los bufones, publicado por Alfaguara, llama la atención por su colorido y el alegre cascabel que cuelga de él. El otro, Mimus, cortesía de la editorial Anaya, muestra en su portada a un bufón de sonrisa inquietante y hasta siniestra. ¿Qué es esto? ¿Dos libros de temática similar que salen casi a la vez? ¿Casualidad o contraprogramación editorial? La curi ...more
Susanti Priyandari
Sebastian Darke, dalam proses pencarian jati diri, meyakini dirinya mewarisi gen-gen melawak dari ayahnya. Sejak ayahnya meninggal secara tragis saat menyiapkan lawakan, Sebastian bertekad meneruskan mimpi ayahnya menjadi pelawak istana. So, dimulailah perjalanan Sebastian berkelana dengan didampingi Max, buffalope yang diamanatkan sang ayah untuk menjaga Sebastian Darke, putra semata wayangnya, ke Keladon dengan harapan bertemu Raja Septimus dan menjadi pelawak kerajaan.

Ternyata, perjalanan me
Meg B
Feb 24, 2012 Meg B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian Darke is a less-than-talented court jester who journeys to a faraway kingdom to make his way into the world with his talking buffalope, Max. On the way, he comes across an extremely short warrior who becomes his traveling companion and trusted ally, and they both battle fierce opponents to save a princess from bandits and return her to her throne.

It was a cute story; very humorous and light hearted. I felt like I was reading a cartoon, with the 2-dimentional characters and their quirk
Oct 23, 2012 Ishaan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian Darke, Prince of Fools, by Philip Caveney is an amazing book. Sebastian Darke, half human, half elf, is a jester. He is following in his father's footsteps, while wearing really big shoes. His father was a jester extraordinaire, famed throughout the land. The Lord of Laughter, the Monarch of Mirth. Pretty big shoes to fill, quite literally. There is just one problem for Sebastian... he is not funny.
Sebastian, in hopes of finding a court to preform in, travels to the faraway kingdom
Jennifer Wardrip
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Poor Sebastian Darke is just not funny. For most people, this is a minor inconvenience, but for the son of a successful jester, this is bad news.

After his father's untimely death, Sebastian is forced to put on his father's costume and continue his trade. The jester outfit doesn't really fit and neither does the profession. Undeterred but mostly just desperate, Sebastian sets off with his father's Buffalope, Max, to offer his humorous services to Kin
Catherine Mayo
Aug 06, 2013 Catherine Mayo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian Darke Prince of Fools is beautifully written and very funny. The character of Max the talking buffalope who lapses into carnivorous habits is a wonderful retake on Eeyore for older children, and the fantastical creatures have fantastic names – gallock, javralat, luper and more. The references to the local mythologies are very funny – the giant Mungus who supports the weight of the world, Max’s Colin the God of Buffalopes who holds the world as a gigantic steel ring through his nose. Se ...more
Alexander adalah seorang pelawak kawakan di kerajaan Cletus. Semua lelucon, sindiran dan ceritanya mampu membuat ruangan istana penuh dengan ledakan tawa. Tak heran dengan kemampuannya itu, ia sanggup member kemewahan kepada istri dan Sebastian,anak laki-lakinya.

Sayangnya keadaan itu hanya terjadi beberapa tahun. Raja Cletus mangka dan diganti dengan putranya Daniel yang ternyata tak mewarisi sedikitpun selera humor ayahnya. Sehingga tak perlu heran jika Alexander kehilangan pekerjaan dan semua
In literature, the “Classic Four” characters are the hero, the heroine, the villain and the clown. In Philip Caveney’s adventure tale, he relegates the clown (or in this case, the clown wannabe) to the role of hero, and lets the heroic figure (a pint size Perseus) take on the role of sidekick. While in the western genre the protagonist’s valiant steed can take on a significant role in the plot, Phillip Caveney, provides his hero with a talking buffalope with a sardonic sense of humor that rivals ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya suka ceritanya.. suka tokoh-tokohnya, terutama Max, seekor buffalope, "rekan" Sebastian Darke :D Buku yang menarik dengan kisah petualangan yang mengasyikkan, penuh humor, dan nggak menya-menye deh..

Kekurangan buku ini terletak pada sampul depan yang kurang menarik. Tidak sesuai dengan bayangan seorang Sebastian Darke (dalam imajinasi saya). Sampul edisi lainnya lebih menarik.. kekurangannya itu gambar sebastiannya itu loh.. sedang format tulisan dll udah okey..
BCL Teen Librarians
Sep 17, 2008 BCL Teen Librarians rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humorous
Sebastian Darke is not funny, which can be a problem... when you are supposed to be a jester. Nevertheless, Sebastian and his talking buffalope Max (slightly cynical, but very strong) set off to become a court jester in a distant court. They meet Cornelius, a tiny (but fierce!) warrior along the way. They rescue Princess Kerin from Brigands too. If only they knew that her uncle, King Septimus, was the one who arranged to have the princess killed... they're all in a whole lot of trouble!

It sounds
Narrated by Maxwell Caufield. A delightfully entertaining adventure story. There are violent fight scenes (Cornelius is a particularly adept fighter) but also very humorous passages as Sebastian and Cornelius fight to save the strong-willed Princess from her conniving uncle the King. The skilled narration and acting make "Prince of Fools" ideal for family road trips but perhaps not for kids younger than 10. Sequels are guaranteed!
Aug 11, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 6-8
Shelves: series, ya-fiction
After Sebastian Darke's father passes away, Sebastian must now become a successful jester like his father to support himself and his mother. The problem is Sebastian isn't funny. With the help of his father's Buffalope, Sebastian hopes to be employed under King Septimus who is the richest monarch in the world. On their journey, they meet Captain Cornelius Drummel who is extremely short, but a very fierce fighter despite his heighth. The three encounter a rescue of a princess who just happens to ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was lovely, but I do have some things I didn't care for. The ending was one of those endings that just ended so resolutely that I thought the story was over! I just found out that it was an actual series when I searched it just now to type this review! Other than that, this book was amazing.
Mary Wyman
This was a wonderful book with interesting characters and exceptional humor. Wasn't quite adventurous as expected but it was nice. I don't know if I'm going to continue reading the series but the possibility of it happening it high. But I will say overall, that the author has done a marvelous job writing it.
Kristen Jones
I chose this simply because Maxwell Cawfield was reading it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story. It was slightly more violent than I like, and I was uncomfortable with the way they treated the very anthropomorphic buffalope, but still enough fun to read the next in the series.
Tim Lindsay
May 23, 2012 Tim Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short summary of the plot:
A young half elf half human goes on a journey to work as a jester in another kingdom. On the journey he fights brigands and rescues a princess. Once he gets their and gets tricked and says bad but true things about the king. The king has a devious plan to get rid of the princess to keep the throne when she comes to age. She gets taken to Brigania and becomes a slave and the elfling has to save her with his freinds. Once they save her they go back to the kingdom and ki
Anne Mathison
A superb swashbuckling action story with heart and humour: Philip Caveney's first children's book is a rich and funny tale that will delight children and adults alike. The unlikely heroes of the story are Sebastian Darke, a wannabe court jester whose only problem is that he's rubbish at telling jokes; Max, his trusty buffalope, who carries the world and a big chip on his shoulders and gets all the best lines; and Cornelius, a mighty, fearsome warrior, who just about comes up to Sebastian's waist ...more
Kele Frost
Oct 03, 2014 Kele Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the author Philip Caneney really spilt the feelings of a hero teenager. He really showed the struggles he had to go through to keep his mom and him alive. Like his father he is trying to prevent his family from becoming penniless.
Jun 20, 2010 Margo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I read this quite a few years ago and I can't remember exactly how good it was. I do remember really enjoying it so I'll give it 4 stars until I can get around to reading it again!
May 17, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could tell right from the beginning that the book would be predictable. And it was. But it was also charming and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Jun 26, 2016 Yrsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
3 or 4 stars, I think. It was a few years since I read this one. I remember that I liked it and would like to read the next one in the series.
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Philip Caveney was born in North Wales in 1951. The son of an RAF officer, he spent much of his childhood travelling the length and breadth of Britain and spent several years in Malaysia and Singapore.

He attended the Kelsterton College Of Art where he obtained a diploma in Graphic Design. Whilst there, he became drummer (and latterly vocalist) with rock band, Hieronymus Bosch.

After leaving college
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