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The Floating Castle

(King's Quest #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This is a feature release based on the characters and world of King's Quest, the bestselling computer game. Now enthusiasts can experience the excitement and adventure of the game through novels that capture the world of Daventry, where the forces of good and evil fight a war of magic for the ultimate reward--the glory of the kingdom. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Berkley
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I mean. I've read it three times over the course of three years. What do you think I think of it?

This is candy coated joy. A comfort book, for hard times.

It is precious to me.


I've been in a dreadful reading slump for the past month, but this darling book, with its episodic scenes and careless attitude, was just perfect to gently haul me out of it. With its dorky comedy, its sassy characters, and its endless parade of new locations and new problems
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SUCH a treat to read this! I love King’s Quest, especially Alexander, so I loved that he was the protagonist. A must if you’re a fan of the games, like I am. There’s humor, wit, magic, and excitement.
Kevin Hogg
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This rating is undoubtedly biased because I grew up playing the King's Quest computer games, but it was an enjoyable and light read. It followed a predictable format--seemingly impossible quest, with frequent obstacles overcome more by luck than skill. Still, I was left wondering for a long time how Prince Alexander was going to complete the quest, especially when more and more demands were placed upon him.

The big criticism of this book is that it could take place anywhere with any royal family-
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
I had the pleasure of having many of the Sierra titles on our family computer growing up, I think its likely that Space Quest 3 was the first video game I every played. So I was happy to see this Kings Quest adaptation for sale at the local used book store. Prince Alexander has to find an evil magician by journeying across Daventry, where adventure and danger wait for him.

This was the first fantasy book I've read and I found it be be easy to read & enjoy, but maybe a little too much so. Althoug
RoAnna Sylver
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A pleasure to read, with some truly lovely prose. The characters are familiar and well-captured - I appreciated some of Alexander's snark, and liked his interactions with the other characters, especially Cyril. Also enjoyed the thought the author put into Alexander's thought processes while figuring out the castle's "puzzles" - it actually read at points like an adventure game, which considering the source material, was pretty spot-on. While there aren't too many surprises or twists, it's a soli ...more
Vanessa Wolf
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Prince Alexander and his new friend Cyril venture forth to save the soul of King Graham. This first volume is very much written in the style and humor of the games. It makes for a nice explanation of things in the time between games, such as the scorched oak tree, and there's more reappearing characters than just the royal family.
If you're a King's Quest fan you'll enjoy it quite a bit, if you're just a general fantasy fan its a good introduction to the land of Daventry. Too bad it seems to be
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like King's Quest and you want to go on one more adventure with the royal family of Daventry, this is great!

Don't expect high literature here, but it's a fun read you can blast through pretty quickly.
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Craig Mills (b.1955), the author of four fantasy novels beginning with The Bane of Lord Caladon (Del Rey, 1982). Mills studied acting in college and acted on stage in New York for four years before moving to California and taking up his writing career. In addition to four original fantasy novels, he also wrote the gaming tie-in King's Quest #1: The Floating Castle. Although Mills attended conventi ...more

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