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The Talent Seekers

(Princelings of the East #5)

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Humphrey is on the run. He has no friends, no past, no purpose, and no future. He’s just a guinea pig trying to find his way west in a world of dark forests, wild hills, strong castles, and assorted vagabonds and other nameless things that might or might not begin with the letter V.

White Horse Castle has a proud past but an uncertain future. The new king, Benson, is trying
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ebook, 1, 168 pages
Published May 2013 by Princelings Publications
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Diane in Australia
I haven't read the previous books in this series, but this book was easy to read as a stand-alone. Very cute fantasy story about ... guinea pigs! Who live in castles! And do really cool things ... running on walls (and ceilings, in some cases!) like little furry ninjas, seeing through walls, hearing sounds at a GREAT distance, telepathic thought, and so forth.

As others have said, it is impossible to tell that the story is about guinea pigs. It mentions 'hair' once, or twice, but no other clues t
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Rebecca Douglass
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, sf-fantasy
This book is set in the world of The Princelings of the East, and intersects with just a few places and characters from the other books in the series, but stands alone very well. The level of tension and danger is ratcheted up a bit from the other books in the series, leading the author to give it a "PG-13" rating, with which I largely agree (though it is NOTHING like as deadly and dangerous and scary as, say, the last several Harry Potter books, which are happily devoured by amazingly young chi ...more
Wendy
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Humphrey! Sensitive, thoughtful, with a special talent for listening, as well as a photographic memory, the wonderful central character in this, the third book which I have read in Jemima Pett’s original and inspiring series, stole my heart. A loner and an outsider, poor Humphrey finds himself swept up in a maelstrom of events beyond his control when he is caught up in a frightening attack by unknown baddies. Joining forces with some new companions, something which doesn’t come easily to ...more
Jemima Pett
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade, ya
This is my book, and the first I've written since I started publishing the series. I wrote the first draft for Camp NaNoWriMo last year, set it aside till the new year, then re-worked it.

It is part of the Princelings series, but takes us off into other parts of the realms, where things are not so cozy and comfortable as they are in Princelings Fred and George's part of the world. Here, displaced persons are roaming the country and being hunted for sport by the occupants of one of the castles. T
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Victoria Zigler
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is my favourite of the series. It is so far, anyhow. I absolutely love Humphrey as a character! The only way I could have enjoyed this book more is if the author had used guinea pig terms instead of people terms for the characters - "paw" instead of "hand" for example - which is something I believe I mentioned when reviewing some of the earlier books in the series. But I suppose that's a personal preference thing, and am not going to let it influence my rating, since I loved ev ...more
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
Hurrah for Humphrey...

We meet a new character in the series, Humphrey, from the Lost City of Arbor, who starts out with two amazing talents, superman like hearing and a photographic memory, which he accesses like a computer.
In his adventures, he develops other talents, makes friends, learns how to fight, meets pirates, vampires, werewolves, and other people with different talents.
I do hope we see more of him in future books.
Julie Grasso
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another intricately woven story in the land of the Princelings. This time we journey with Humphrey. A gentle and trepid soul with a talent for listening to things above and beyond the realms of the everyday. Humphrey gets swept up in the urgency of an escape. In the chaos he makes new friends who take him on an adventure which he would only have deemed possible from the books that he has memorised. Oh did I mention he also has a photographic memory.

We are drawn into a tale of intrigue as Ms Pett
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Bruce
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting style, reminiscent of early twentieth century storybooks. MUCH better grammar and vocabulary than most YA authors. Not a strong storyline, but the precision and clarity of thought made it a pleasure to read.
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Jemima Pett has been living in a world of her own for many years. Day-dreaming in class, writing stories since she was eight, drawing maps of fantasy islands with train systems and timetables at ten. Unfortunately no-one wanted a fantasy island designer then, so she tried a few careers, getting great experiences in business, environmental research and social work. She finally got back to building ...more

Other books in the series

Princelings of the East (8 books)
  • The Princelings of the East (Princelings of the East, #1)
  • The Princelings and the Pirates (Princelings of the East, #2)
  • The Princelings and the Lost City (Princelings of the East, #3)
  • The Traveler in Black and White (Princelings of the East, #4)
  • Bravo Victor (The Princelings of the East, #6)
  • Willoughby the Narrator (Princelings of the East, #7)
  • The Princelings of the North (The Princelings of the East, #8)

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