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Urchin King

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  23 reviews
For fourteen years, street-urchin Paul's miserable existence has kept him safe from an ancient law that sentences all second-born twins to death. When he learns he is the younger twin of the mentally handicapped Crown Prince who's in danger of being killed for his disability, he agrees to play the role of the miraculously healed royal heir. Paul struggles to learn how to a ...more
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Published (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Midu Hadi
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Andrea: BookStoreFinds
Urchin King is not a typical book that I would gravitate to. I don't usually read a whole lot of historical themed books but I'm so glad that I signed up to read this one for honest review.

The story revolves around Paul a young street boy who spends his time stealing and scrounging for food and shelter to feed him and his friends.

Paul lives in a land in which a law states that the second born twin must be put to death to be sure to stop any fighting later in life. Paul soon finds out that he is
Maggie Thom
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Urchin King is an awesome story. It’s one of those stories that is a really good read for any age. Paul is the second twin and due to an ancient law, he was to have been killed at birth. To save him, he was switched with another baby. Sadly though his life didn’t turn out very well, at a young age he ends up on the street, totally unaware of who his parents really were. Then through a twist of fate he switches places with his twin brother and discovers he is now in line to be king.

Paul is such a
This is a wonderful story written by a lovely writer, it is much more woth than the price I paid, the story is original with hints of Prince and The Pauper, the descriptions and surrounds, emotions of the characters are so real, and the author takes you into the book by using senses, smell, touch, sight and taste, it is wonderfully 3 dimensional when it is easy for an author to lapse into 2D mode Gerlach maintains a lively vibrant atmosphere throughout.
The characters interact well and their emot
Diandra {Ambrosia Books}
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I give books 100 pages to grab me. Something needs to stand out. SOMETHING has to be there to make me want to read it even more. Especially since I was given this book to review, I really wanted to sit down, read it, and get in depth so I could give a really good review.

I couldn't. I just COULDN'T with this book. By page 40, I was absolutely aggravated. By page 60, I was upset. By page 80, I was just pissed off. By page 93, I gave up on it. I made notes throughout this whole book so I could reme
Sher A. Hart
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
Author Katharina Gerlach has a knack for making you feel like you’re inside the story. Authentic medieval historical details add to the visceral effect. In the beginning of Urchin King, a street urchin main character named Paul had difficulty finding enough food to eat. One of his friends was in worse shape with injuries, so it was a relief when Paul was a jerked out of that situation. An ancient law gave him the chance to decide between life and death for a twin he’d never known. Life for the t ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerlach creates an utterly enchanting read with Urchin King. Paul is such a wonderful character and extremely likeable and you are truly captivated by his story. I found that I wanted to sit and finish this in one sitting and had to stop myself from simply devouring it - choosing to enjoy it slowly. As some of the other reviewers have mentioned it does draw some comparisons to the Prince and the Pauper but it definitely spins its own tale. I loved the mystical aspect to the book and wish that ha ...more
Gwen Gardner
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like in the Prince and the Pauper, Paul must switch places with his twin brother Rupert.

Paul, the second-born twin of royalty, should have been killed at birth. Instead, he is first hidden and raised by a servant, and then put out onto the streets at the age of five to make his own way. And how's a child of that age to survive? By scavenging, scrounging, and slight of hand - i.e., stealing. I loved his rag-tag group of friends which reminded me of Oliver Twist and would have been happy if the b
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2012
Urchin King is a rags to riches tale where the main character, Paul, discovers that he is the long lost son of the King and Queen and his twin brother, who was the first child born is handicapped and unable to be reared into taking over the Crown one day. Paul is strategically brought into the Palace to replace his twin brother and soon discovers the world of royalty and what is required to become a ruler. The threat of his secret identity being revealed is always there and if discovered, he wou ...more
Roger Eschbacher
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul, the quintessential street urchin, has spent the last nine years of his life barely eking out an existence in the back alleys and public squares of the town of Wynburgh -- completely unaware of his secret heritage. All of this changes when he's roped into an elaborate scheme that has him taking the place of the sweet, yet mentally challenged heir to the throne. Placed squarely in the path of a conniving wizard and an evil necromancer, Paul has to use all of his street smarts to outwit them ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover does not do the book any justice.
I read the book in two days and that is only because i had to work. I really liked ii and when i was going to bed i had to force myself to put the book down and when i got home from work i was right back to it. I really wanted to see how the story played out, and all though i gave it three stars i promise you that it is a good read. This book was just what i needed at the time: something easy to read and fun. I have been reading a ton of books that giv
Sneha Tripathi
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, read-for-review
Quite an intriguing plot! It was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it.
This a story of a kingdom where the second born twins are killed, this is done to protect future fight or claim for inheritance. Paul, is the second born twin of the kingdom's King and Queen. He is suppose to be killed but destiny has it's way and takes him on a ride. This ride is not all that pleasant. He suffer hunger, sadness, loveless life but he does moves on.As the destiny had it in mind, he is the one who is su
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is an easy read and if you enjoyed stories like aladin(can't remember how to spell this) or Prince and the pauper you will enjoy this book. Paul was the pauper basically. He was a twin who was given away at birth because the law stated he should be killed. Sadly his life was that of Aladdin. Poor beyond belief and just struggling for something better but never able to get beyond his place in life.

But a twist of events gives him an entire kingdom. Thus the Prince and the pauper part com
Ronetta (Peaches)
I enjoyed this book. I think it is a great fantasy story for young readers. It has a thoughtful and resourceful protagonist in Paul. Paul is that character that you want to root for. He has a good heart, and he looks out for his friends and family.
While the essence of the story is rich and the characters plentiful, it was just a bit predictable for me. I wish there was more time to develop the world and a few less characters in order to have more character development. The writing was direct an
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this read. The author gave it to me as a free read for an honest review and normally I get worried about those. But I loved it. It had a well developed plot, great characters, and best of all everything was explained and relevant. Some books can be slow and pointless, but this one was definitely not that way. I enjoyed every minute and wanted to get back to it when I wasn't reading.
Katherine Gilraine
The story is definitely a unique twist on a fairy-tale king genre, and the plot and characters are easy to follow and relatable.

While overall an enjoyable read, I felt as though the beginning of Paul's journey from urchin to royalty could have been paced a bit better. It was as though it had come too easily, and at some of the turns, there was a bit too much exposition.

Nevertheless, a very good story, and the author makes it work.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
***I received this book free for an honest review.***

The story revolves around Paul a street urchin who finds out he is the second born son of the King and Queen in a land that follows an ancient law that sentences all second-born twins to death. Paul’s older twin brother Rupert is mentally handicapped. Paul agrees to a plot to take his brother’s place as the crown prince in order to protect Rupert from being killed for his disability.

Urchin King’s plot is very original. It is a really interest
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I gave this story 3 stars. I have done a read for review recently for this same author and enjoyed her imagination that is brought out and put into her books. I love how the poor boy is thrown into luxury. The story itself was wonderful. However its execution was not. While reading the introduction on this book I became hooked. I was really looking forward to reading it and this is why I signed up for the R4R. The author did a wonderful job describing different situations and scenes. I could pi
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to finish the entire book. I had enjoyed another book by this author, and in comparison I found Urchin King to be, well, not very gripping and quite basic. The writing is simple (it’s very much all tell and no show), I don’t feel there was enough description or depth (like another reviewer pointed out, we don’t know what the castle looks like or how Paul felt when he entered it for the first time) and the
Jillian Redmond
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of the Urchin King in exchange for my honest review.

While I love stories like Aladdin and always vote for the underdog, I had a hard time getting into this story and really caring about the characters. This book was an easy read and had a very interesting premise, but the characters and the story line were really hindered by its language. There were a lot of cliches and easy fixes to problems. Paul is a beggar who is the twin of the crown prince. He was left for dead because of
Anna Tan
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, giveaways
In a world where being the younger twin of a noble means being put to death, Paul shouldn't be alive. But his twin Rupert is mentally handicapped and his royal parents need a miracle. Thrust suddenly into court life from his life on the streets, Paul must successfully pose as the miraculously healed Crown Prince or face his belated execution. Complications soon arise when his father, King Albert is captured by a vengeful sorcerer.

Urchin King is a fantasy story loosely based on The Prince and th
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
The Urchin King is one that grabbed me from the first page and the formatting and writing was good quality for the age range of ~12 and up.

The plot was interesting and had many twists. The addition of a powerful wizard and powers of others battling for the Kingdom both entertaining and had a lot of possibilities to build on as far as the storyline.

As the story progressed I did find that Paul seemed to escape every situation a little too easily. There could have been a lot more of a struggle in
Juneta Key
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I am more into futuristic fantasy, but I was caught from the first page of this historic tale. It was not what I expected, and the tale held my attention from beginning to end. Although it has been likened to "The Prince and The Pauper" this is not that tale. It is engaging, adventurous, and entertaining. It kept me up late, so I could see how it ended. I would definitely recommend for anyone who loves fantasy and historical tales.
Laura Thurston
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Katharina Gerlach
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Katharina Gerlach was born in Germany in 1968. She and her three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as her guide, the tomboy learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods.

She didn’t stop at reading. During her training as a landscape gardener, sh
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“You want me to marry Paul? But he is a moron and an idiot! He hasn't learned to fight properly, and he can't even read."
The king's smile widened. "I knew you'd like him.”
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