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The Beggar King

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Jordan Elliott knew of the “undermagic”, that ancient and dark source of power that had been locked away because prophets of old deemed it too unpredictable and destructive. As he stood before the brass door, he knew the risks but he opened the door anyway, because he was the one who could. What he unleashed would take down the peaceful world in which he lived, imprison hi ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 2013 by Thistledown Press
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Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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Picture if you will, an old woman waving her wooden stew spoon in an alarming fashion as she spits 'I smell mischief and it be a foul soup!' Meet Mama Petrane, one of the Seven Seers of Cir. In a world with two moons, one light and the other darker, there is indeed something wicked afoot, and his name is the Beggar King.

Enter Sarmillion, who is an undercat. As far as I can tell, an undercat is basically a human with a furry face, paws, and whiskers. This one is a natty dresser and prowls the str
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Beggar King, a young adult novel by Michelle Barker, is an enthralling read. I wanted to gulp it down. The world she created is believable, colourful, and interesting. The action moves along at a brisk pace. Love her characters!

It is simple enough for a young adult reader, but has enough meat to interest adult readers.

I hope to revisit this captivating world in future books! I heartily reccommend The Beggar King!
Ron Saunders
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this enchanting story of a young man coming of age who is seduced by a dark supernatural force while pursuing a heroic goal. Michelle Barker creates an intriguing fantasy world, full of colourful characters and imaginative settings. Sarmillion the "undercat" was particularly fascinating. He is a human/cat hybrid who has characteristics of both species--very unique and portrayed vividly.
Nikki Vogel
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the sequel. The Beggar King is a compelling read, and though it is a young adult novel there is plenty of timeless wisdom held in beautiful prose, appealing to readers of any age.
Madeleine Barker
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! I was captivated from beginning to end by the incredible world that was created and by Jordan's internal battle between his good and evil sides.
Derek Newman-Stille
This is a book about the in-between, that place that teens occupy as they search for identity as adults while rejecting their childhood identity. The in-between nature of this book stretches out into the position of Jordan as a person who is between the living and the dead when he crosses behind “the wallpaper of the world” to disappear as well as being the person who can open the doorway to the undermagic. He walks in those in-between places, hopping from rooftop to rooftop as he travels, and w ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Beggar King is an imaginative and ambitious story about a peaceable kingdom that simultaneously gets taken over by violent neiighbours and a dark magician thought to be imaginary. In the face of the attack, the mother of the main character Jordan is kidnapped, leaving 15 year old Jordan open to the temptation of the dark magician. The other main character Sarmillion is an “undercat” who must fight his own inner demons as well as other foes. On the side of good are the Seven Seers of Cir and ...more
Nancy Branch
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Along the glittering waters of the Balakan and 12 magical bridges that span it lies the island city of Katir-Cir, an ancient city of whitewashed stone that glows beneath the light of twin moons. The city of Cir and the neighbouring Omar are peopled with complex and engaging characters: the glass-eyed seer, Appollonia, one of the 12 seers of Cir; a ruffian undercat named Sarmillion; the good and High Priestess, Arrabel; cinnamon scented belt-dancers, cobra charmers, and bazaar patrons; and an ar ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book started off slow and was quite boring in the beginning. A little less than half way through, the book picked up pace and it was hard to put down. It is hard to believe that this is Michelle Barker's first book. The book was very well written and her writing style makes it seem like she has been writing books for a while. I cannot wait to read more of her books. The overall theme of the light versus darkness is a nice theme and I am glad how the book panned out. Even though it was not t ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Story of 15 year old Jordan Elliott form Cir who lives in a peaceful place full of white magic. His country is invaded by the Brinnians. In the coup his mother, Tanny who is the palace cook, is captured. Jordan fights the oppressors. To escape hanging Jordan accepts the help of the Beggar King that allows him to disappear at will. With this help comes strings and inn his effort to help his people he has placed his friend Ophira and his mother at great risk.
In addition Sarmillion, the scribe has
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
At first the writing style and the world created reminded me of Below, the first book in The Broken Sky Chronicles, by Jason Chabot. It felt just slightly 'off', a little unnatural. But, just like Chabot's books, it grew on me pretty fast and I fell right into the world there. Also saw many shades of Christian symbolism, which is very common is lots of fantasy. Although it was a tiny bit predictable it was thoroughly enjoyable and the world Barker creates is full of its own wonder. Very enjoyabl ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written fantasy.
Usually fantasy is one of the genres I tend to read the least, but I thought I would give this book a go.
Once I got through the second chapter I was unable to put this book down.
There is a line midway through the book that stuck with me. It talks about Jordan (the main character) being drawn towards this one bridge and how it takes control over him. I think this best represents how I felt reading The Beggar King. I could not stop reading it for the life of me.
The pl
Shannon Ezekiel
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Beggar King is a page turning adventure that will leave you wanting more. It's highly imaginative, it's unpredictable, quick moving and I'm recommending it to everyone. Designated for young adults I think it will be enjoyed by all ages.
Nicole Luiken
Another Sunburst Award (YA) read, so no rating or review.
Noelle Walsh
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty fun to read. I could hardly put it down when I was reading it. I hope this author writes more books like this.
Davyd Gosselin
May 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
cannot rate it... It's just not my type of book... It's for the people who would read Harry Potter books...
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YA Writers and Re...: The Beggar King by Michelle Barker 2 20 Jun 17, 2013 04:05PM  
SPOILER: Who is your favorite character in the book and why? 2 5 May 23, 2013 04:24PM  
I was born and raised in Vancouver. I attended Arts One at UBC, studied for a year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated with a BA from UBC in English literature. After a short foray into comp lit, I left the Master's program and worked as a research/editing assistant to Sherrill MacLaren. Sailed across the Pacific from Vancouver to Hawaii, had four children, lived for a summer in M ...more