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The Queen's Poisoner

(Kingfountain #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  34,044 ratings  ·  2,154 reviews
King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by 47North (first published March 1st 2016)
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denideni My 10 yo loved it. Actually, she recommended it to me.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
7-3-17 This book and the next two or three are $1.99 on Audible for the US right now. I'm not sure about anywhere else.

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I got this book free through the kindle first program. I'm doing pretty good at picking winners!


Damn book made me cry, a good cry and sad cry!


Lord Kiskaddon made a mistake when he didn't abide by the King's wishes and he lost his eldest son and had to give over another one of his children as a ward. Lady Eleanor and Lord Kiskaddon decided
Katie B (Bisforbookiemonster)
I'm totally going against the majority of the ratings here, but this book has left me with mixed feelings. I like the premise, a lot, which is the reason that I chose it as my pick for March’s Kindle First. I like the idea of a trilogy where each book focuses on the main character at a different time in his life. Add to that the concept of magic, and I was intrigued.

But that’s really where the intrigue ended.

I’d like to say that this book involves a sly power play for the throne or the tricks an
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The characters were portrayed with such clarity, the pace was unrelenting, and the best part is I still have 5 more serials to read. Bliss.
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

This is the first installment in the Kingfountain trilogy and follows the journey of Owen Kiskaddon, as he is taken from his home to the King's castle as hostage for his father's crimes of desertion and treason. Owen, a shy and serious seven-year-old, was easy to fall in love with and I immediately empathized with his plight. His abrupt departure from the world he knew, the chaos of the King's palace and the new faces he was confronted with, all conspired to give this an
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, new-readers
This is definitely a book for young readers and as such, it is perfect. The protagonist is only 8 years old and although the narrator is different, most of the story is perceived from that young boy's perspective. The world is very close approximation to Medieval times Europe and the magic is connected to the Fountains, talents that exhibit at the age of about 11 or 12. Owen is a likable kid and his playmate, Elizabeth Victoria Mortimer, is absolutely adorable! I had fun getting to know them(•‿• ...more
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
This is a really difficult book for me to review, because on one hand it was an engaging enjoyable light fantasy read and on the other there were some intensely problematic elements. This book has some of the worst fatphobia I’ve come across and that’s not because being on the internet has made me more aware of it but just because it’s unrelenting in its pervasiveness. It also falls into the trap of the ‘evil cripple’ which is just a trope that needs to die.

I’ll probably give the next book a try
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ya'll, I am exhausted.

Truth be told, I probably would have been better off DNFing this one, but I'm stubborn and had already made it 60% in before I started to realize that the story was actually going absolutely nowhere. So the remaining 40% became an exercise in stamina and fortitude for me and boy was it a challenge!

What Drew Me In:
I'm a sucker for High Fantasy. Magic, Kings, Queens, Knights, Vicious backstabbings in houses of nobility, it all appeals to me. The premise of this one caug
BAM the enigma
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Took a chance on a daily deal audio book and bought this gem. It's a typical knights in armor, king in a castle fantasy story with the power of sight and mysticism thrown in. The author does draw inspiration from the War of the Roses however, quite blatantly (white boar badge, drowning in a hogshead of wine, boys in a tower, someone with a crookback, main character actually called Duke of Gloucester, etc), but what he imagines to work along with these historical references leaves one with a deli ...more
Johan Twiss
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Queen's Poisoner, by Jeff Wheeler, is book 1 in his new The Kingfountain Series. And truth be told, it was very different than what I expected, but not in a bad way. I'm a fan of Jeff Wheeler and have enjoyed his 3 trilogies in the Muirwood and Mirrowen worlds, and came into this book expecting The Queen's Poisoner to be much of the same, but it was different.

Although Wheeler's writing style is still clear throughout, unlike his other books, this story follows a child, 8-year old Owen, as th
4 stars
Review to come
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Ok ...


If you don't like a slow build fantasy with a shit ton of strategy and politics ... then this book will not be for you.

But like ... that happens to be a list of all the things I love!
Also there is no romance for all of you out there who are clambering for less googly eyes in your fantasy books.

Awesome awesome awesome ... and I can't wait to see where this series goes because this book laid down a pretty strong foundation here!
TS Chan
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

Honestly, I am not sure how to rate this book so I went right down the middle. At one point around one-fourth in, I nearly put it down as I wasn't enjoying the story told from the perspective of an eight-year old boy, Owen Kiskaddon, who was very shy and timid but seemed to be special. Then the titular character showed up and I was sufficiently intrigued to keep on reading.

The story itself was fairly good and made up of a cast of fairly diverse characters. A supposedly cruel and dang
Chelsies Reading Escape
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
Rating: 2.5 Stars

This book wasnt at all what I was expecting. I liked the idea of people being blessed with special abilities. The plot didnt move along fast enough and wasnt all that engaging. I dont think there was enough time spent on the plot. Being the plot driven reader that I am I had a difficult time getting into this story because its mostly character driven with a lot of world building details. Once the world building was laid out the writing was more enjoyable.

We follow Owen as a youn
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! I liked Wheeler's writing enough that after listening to 60% of this on audiobook over a few drives, I read the last 40% in one sitting.

So the duke of Westmarch failed to support the king in a military campaign, ending up on the king's radar for treason. The son at court is murdered and now the duke's youngest son, Owen, is sent as a new hostage to the palace to be the king's ward. So Owen learns to navigate the king's court. He has the help of his newfound allies and friends who are still
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
More like 4.5 Stars 🌟

I really enjoyed the audiobook! The story isn't exactly action-packed, but I liked the characters, the atmosphere and the storytelling. I'm looking forward to read the sequels and continue with Owen's story :)

Edit, after reading the next two books: I loved the series and how everything came together. Definitely among my favorite reads of 2018!
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is so rare that a book moves me to tears, but it does happen occasionally. I sit there staring at the pages, or in this case my kindle, blinking them away, silently insisting to myself that I will not cry about a fictional story. And that's exactly what happened this morning.

I love this book. I know that's bad reviewer etiquette- to simply say you love it and walk away. But I did love it. I loved the characters, who were real and fleshed out and had their own personalities and strengths and w
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to my GR friend, BAM, for pointing me to this book.

This was a good-enough book that could have been better. I have no problem with an author borrowing from history. Here, the mythical kingdom of Ceredigion bears a close resemblance to England during the War of the Roses period and the King is a "knockoff" of Richard III. All that matters little except for those who are deep into that English period and are noting all the parallels.

The book begins with an interesting focus on a young (eigh
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, nearly 5. Well I whipped through this in no time at all. It was a fantastic well paced, well told story. Court intrigue, political manoeuvring, poisoners (obviously!), spies, hostages, magic. Loved it.
This just showed up on my Kindle yesterday! I've never even heard of this book before. Either someone who i share my password with bought it without my permission (dick move) or i preordered it and forgot about it, because it just came out today, i believe. Whatever, at least it sounds like something i would read.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, this was good...
(I'm already finished with book two and just bought book three. I might be binge-reading and understating a little bit).
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm going to write a really long review for a book that probably doesn't merit one, but with all of the five-star reviews here I'd like to just point out everything that bothered me about it. Maybe see if I'm the crazy one for these things sticking out to me.

I can't say this is a terribly well-written book, but there were elements of the story and characters that were strong and kept me slogging through. For a book that isn't that long or dense it took me a long time to get through it; it simply
Bookish Pengu
Can only recommend it, review will follow!
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was really entertaining, it has a good story and I appreciated the main character development and the side characters/villains.

The book is a little less than 4 stars really - something around 3.75.
I had some issues with the plot itself. Specifically (view spoiler)
Allison Hurd
This was cute. Younger than I anticipated and falling into a lot of plot holes that only work for younger readers, but I'd give this to a still-forming human who likes fantasy.

CONTENT WARNINGS: (view spoiler)

Things that were fun:

-Classic tropes. It's just a very comforting series of events and archetypes

-Low stakes. There are some serious things that happen, but not to the MC or really on screen.
King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I rarely give five stars...this one is SO good...definitely worth five!!...or six.... I am anxious for the next installment in May. This is so fun! I had many suppositions as I read..and they were all turned on their ears. This book surprised me multiple times. You will not be sorry you read it!!!!
Katrin D
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This was such a pleasant read, light and yet engaging. Highly recommend it, if you're in the mood for Medieval-inspired court intrigues and secrets! ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: royalty
basically, this book had the mature plot of a (simplistic) high fantasy/royal politics book (with murders and complicated family relations you have to remember) with the VERY juvenile tone of a middle grade book (told from the perspective of an 8 year old). not a great combo.

mainly i just didnt really get the POINT of the story. there really wasnt very much plot, just a lot of set dressing. why was this book written? what was the message? WAS there a message?

kind of spoilers idk (view spoiler)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Review to come...
Kavitha Sivakumar
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ir-armchair-2018
The author tells that he wrote this book inspired by some true events in Britain's history. I love!!! the book. The story is told from 8 year old boy's perspective. A historic fiction without romance and very gripping. I would like to read more from this author.

The usual story. King waging war, executing the traitors. The boy's father, a Duke, refused to assist the reigning King in the war thinking that the opposite party will win the war and will be King in the future. However, the reigning Kin
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“When he read, it was as if he were transported to some dreamland where he could not hear whispers or shouting.”

This book was amazing. Owen is a little eight-year-old boy who is fountain blessed. He is sent to Kingfountain as a prisoner. His father had betrayed the King at battle when he refused to send soldiers to the King's aid. Owen was born dead. But with the help of a midwife, Owen was brought back to life. Little did they know who she was.

Ankarette is the Queen's Poisoner. She has died
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains.

Jeff's blog and suggested reading order can be found on his website: http://www.jeff-wheeler.com/

Other books in the series

Kingfountain (6 books)
  • The Thief's Daughter (Kingfountain, #2)
  • The King's Traitor (Kingfountain, #3)
  • The Hollow Crown (Kingfountain #4)
  • The Silent Shield (Kingfountain #5)
  • The Forsaken Throne (Kingfountain #6)

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