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4.78  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Relations between the ruling class and the working public have all but failed. Government corruption is rampant and the king is oblivious to the snakes within his council. The king turns to his brothers for aid, but rivalry among royal blood proves to provoke old hatreds. One crusader for the people remains, but as the only lady within the king's court, no man is willing t ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 7th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2017)
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Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Animal Court by S. Faxon is a fantasy romance novel following the political journey of Gertrude K, a noble politician in King Heron´s court. In a very divided country where the upper class thrives and the lower class starves, Gertrude is a prepared politician and close advisor to the king. When people from the lower classes start to get restless, Gertrude has to find a way to get through to her monarch, who’s blinded by luxury and vanity. Unfortunately for Gertrude, the arrival of the king´s ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I am not generally a big fan of this genre, but right from the beginning I was hooked. I enjoyed many great aspects of the story, including the character development, the story line, and even the unexpected plot twists. The characters seemed so real and relatable, I felt like I knew them already. I’m truly looking forward to the sequel, as I believe this author has a tremendous future in storytelling. I highly recommend this book!
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don’t often read fantasy novels, but this one kept my attention.

I read at night. And while I am always eager to get back to the stories when my nightly reading time comes around, I found myself often thinking about Gertrude, Sam, and Breyton during the day. Faxon’s fantasy world includes some fantastical flying horses and a new geography to learn, but her use of Russian and Biblical names for her characters helped me distinguish among them with no difficulty. The many references to conditions
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although not my usual genre, I still enjoyed this first novel by the writer. I had a little hard time getting into it but soon I was committed to the characters. By the end, I was left wondering what would happen next. Anxiously awaiting the sequel!
Jerome Strayve
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What stands out in this novel the well-developed characters. I felt like I knew most of the primary players well. I was particularly fond of the protagonist, Gertrude. She is vulnerable, strong, and real. She evolves as a person as the story progresses. The villains were really great. I hated them! The author envelopes the reader efficiently describing the settings and characters. Though somewhat fanciful, the very real lives and overwhelming challenges faced by the players are cathartic, sweepi ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the sequel!!! If you liked Game of Thrones, this book is for you! ...more
Jeff Pollak
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Animal Court is a riveting story about a fictional country going through the throes of insurrection. Reading it while America goes through its own insurrection produced an extraordinary feeling, because our insurrectionists took up arms on the basis of lies and misinformation, while the fictional ones had legitimate motivation – they were being starved by their own uncaring government.

Nonetheless, the plot flowed from start to finish, with plenty of action, a lot of vivid description to put
Theresa Halvorsen
The Animal Court presents a country on the verge of collapse, on the verge of revolution. With a strong class society, the rich and powerful think they hold the control, while the working class are starving. Gertrude can see the writing on the wall, and is desperate to hold her country together and save the ruling class from themselves.

Gertrude is one of my favorite characters of all time in one of my favorite worlds. This is a great introduction to a intricate world. I love that this story goe
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S. Faxon is constantly creating. In her writing career, she has completed fourteen full-length original novels, and has written countless short stories. S. Faxon loves to help other authors share their stories by featuring them on her YouTube Channel:

She currently resides in her hometown of San Diego and dreams of being interviewed by Sean Evans on Hot One

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