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The King's Trial

(The King Trials #1)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  38 reviews
In a land where stories of the Shadow Demon keep children shivering in bed and tales of the Yorel bring hope to the commoner, Yosyph is both the reason for their fear and their hope.

By day Yosyph appears nothing more than a mute tavern-hand. By night he plans a revolution and slips through shadow, rescuing those marked for death by the xenophobic queen.

When he learns tha
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by M. L. Farb
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Erin Dydek
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: onlinebookclub
Excellent YA Fantasy

I loved the converging storylines and the character growth in this book! The story is told from the first-person point of view of Yosyph, the rebel army leader opposed to the wicked queen, and the first-person perspective of Halavant, the spoiled son of the same queen. The author does a fantastic job getting you hooked on both plotlines, and I loved alternating between Yosyph’s story and Halavant’s as the plot unfolded and secrets were revealed. This book is perfect for a yo
C.S. Wachter
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, clean
The King’s Trial is well written. The characters are relatable, rounded, and engaging. Though Yosyph is joined on his hero’s journey by the delightful Katrin, Halavant, a spoiled prince, must travel his own path. Each of the three grows in both faith and ability as the story progresses. And, though I am so much older than the target audience, I enjoyed this Teen/YA Fantasy. The plot pulled me forward with a steady hand and the world building enriched the tale. I look forward to reading the next ...more
H.S.J. Williams
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book for tweens/early teens, girls or boys, especially those who like historical-feeling, non-magical fantasy. The writing style is smart and engaging. Brave young men, vivacious heroine. Vibrant world, exciting stakes.

There is unfortunately a “girl must choose between two brothers” subplot that will be continuing to the second book, which isn’t my favorite thing, but at least the girl is clear about just wanting to get to know them both better before she makes any decisions.

I’d recomm
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've got to say that this is one of the best books I've read with wonderful characters who grow on their journeys, stellar writing, fantastic world-building, and a twisty, nail-biting plot. The only thing less than positive I have to say is that the ending isn't really an ending, which frustrates me no matter what book I'm reading. So, just a caution that everything won't be wrapped up at the end. At least it's not a cliffhanger!

Lots of quotable lines, but I'll have to buy the paperback so I can
Annie Lima
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading The King's Trial this morning. I wholeheartedly recommend this clean fantasy adventure! All the main characters went through their own journeys (literal or metaphorical) of growth, and I like that I would not have predicted where some of those would lead. There was an element of romance, but it wasn't entirely predictable either (predictability is what bothers me about most romance novels). A twist near the end caught me by surprise, which was also fun. But my favorite th ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not a blogger, and I rarely accept requests to review books. I'm also not over keen on the fantasy genre, so when the author of this book asked me if I'd be interested in a review copy, I didn't expect to accept. However, I took a look at the Amazon 'Look inside' sample. What I read was very well written, and I realised this might be an enjoyable task.

It turns out, Mrs Farb has done me a favour. The King's Trial is much better than I was expecting. The characters are mostly YA, and apart fro
The King's Trial took me by surprise. When I started reading it, it took me a little while to find the "rhythm" of the story, but when I did, I found that I didn't want to stop. I was caught up in a story about finding faith, overcoming hardships (great and small), uniting against tyranny, and the power of love over all else.

Yosyph is endearing in his modesty, and it was wonderful to see him open up and realise his own worth as the story progressed. His tendency to shrink inward is not some
Charity Peterson
Farb has created story line, character development, humor, plot twists, incredible prose, and deep truths that are all phenomenal, making this book stand out on my shelf. I was so captivated that I was tempted to skip paragraphs to find out what happened next but the writing is so good I didn’t want to miss a word! I had a hard time putting it down! I highly recommend this for all! I’m going to read it again by reading out loud to my tweens.
Daniel Pool
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I have very conflicted and opposing thoughts on M. L. Farb's "The King's Trial". At times it is clever, heartfelt, and fun while at other times it is formulaic, heavy-handed, and self-indulgent. Portions of the book were great and other parts were so-so. It is not a bad story by any measure but the flaws shown enough to make the read, at times, a chore. It could easily become a five-star book in my opinion if the rough edges were smoothed out.

First, the great: The story is your somewhat tried an
Paula Dyches
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hard to Put Down Family Friendly Fantasy

I absolutely loved this book and I am really excited to see where the story goes in book two! I have put it on my kids reading list library. This is a super clean and completely family friendly book, it's free of adult content and bad language. There is some battle violence but it is in no way overly graphic. I have been trying to figure out what book this one reminds me of and I can't put my finger on it... It's unique in its own way and probably would be
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While fantasy isn't normally a genre I choose to pick up, I am glad I listened to the audio version of this book. It had sort of a Lord of the Rings feel to it. There was the typical good vs. evil. Yoseph appears to be a simple mute, however, there is much more to him than meets the eye. People speak plainly in front of him, not thinking that he is picking anything up and they certainly don't believe he will repeat anything. It is during one of these times that he learns of the queens plans. Yos ...more
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
Apr 29, 2020 marked it as read-for-review
(I received a copy of this book from the author. This does not affect my review.)

I’m excited to be part of this tour, and so glad I was able to read this title! I loved reading The King’s Trial, and really enjoyed how quickly I found myself captured by the story! Easy to read, and much harder to put down, I read this story quickly, and loved every page! This book has a good balance of action and emotions and lacked predictability, which I loved! Surprising twists and turns keep the story lively
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tale of a young man who journeys from being the unseen hidden ‘mute’ boy to becoming a king. The main protagonist and his hidden depths are fascinating, as his journey. The story is well written and the main character highly likeable. A good balance of action, sense and adventure. I highly recommend this story.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved The King's Trial; M. L. Farb's writing coupled with the narration by Neal Arango made for an enjoyable experience. I found the plot interesting and refreshing. The development of the characters was great and I am eager to continue their story. I did receive a promotional copy of this book; all thoughts and opinions are my own. ...more
The King's Trial tells the story of the Yorel Yosyph, who is on a mission to save the people from going into slavery. He plans a revolution against the queen. To do so, he must pass the King's Trial to get help from his people. It is a difficult task with many obstacles. In the meantime, he saves a girl who is the girlfriend of prince Halavant. This book was very well written! I loved the storyline and the characters a lot. There were many twists and turns which made the story unpredictable. I c ...more
Janet Eschweiler
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book for young adults. I hate when YA books tell you what you are supposed to learn from them. This story is thought provoking without being preachy. It is fun and engaging. The characters are interesting and the story engaging. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Krista D
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Got caught up in "what was going to happen next". Liked the characters. They were very believable. Great story line and plot. ...more
Rick Haws
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful and imaginative. I loved the character development, the originality, and the unpredictability. Definitely one that makes you want to keep reading.
Beaulah McLean
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I found it very colorful and the characters were beautifully detailed. Full of adventure and excitement.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn into this excellently written book from the beginning and did not want it to end. The characters and settings are well developed and believable, the plot swift and full of surprises, the themes uplifting, the descriptions poetic and clear. I'm glad there is a sequel! ...more
Carole Rae
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a little iffy going into this one since I've had such meh luck with YA fantasies lately. I was worried for sure. But this gave me hope for the genre!

The story follows Yosyph who seems to be just a mute tavern-hand that people do not notice. However, he is planning the revolt against the evil, xenophobic queen. Things get a touch complicated as his journey goes on. Should he fight head on with his ill-prepared rebellion or attempt the deadly King's Trial and earn his kins' loyalty and their
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, this book is pretty cool! I received this book as a eBook from the author, (Thanks Ms. Maria!!!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!) and I must say the book, the characters, the PLOT LINE… Awesome! (Not to mention the super-cool-amazing cover!!!!) This is definitely a book for teens to read like NOW!

I was a little bit worried at first cause I saw the word ‘shadow demon’ but when I realized there wasn’t any demons it was just Yosyph coming out of the shadows scaring people while rescuing prisoners, I was like,
Erin Stewart Boone
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
-Great character development
-Crazy cool landscapes
-Fabulous adventures
-Comic relief
-Relatable problems
-Draws you in

-It's her first published book. I fully expect her to get even better.
-I wanted to hear more detail from Yosyph. I often struggled to feel like I was there or to comprehend what he was feeling when he was narrating. I've been wondering if this is a genius representation of his personality. The man of few words doesn't talk as much or give as much detail as I want
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the intricate plot that made me ache for the secrecy and the treasons. Thanks to the dual voices of narration, I felt the urgency and the despair of the people who wanted peace and freedom. I empathized with the fears, love, anger and quiet happiness they felt. This story was one of my favorite because it mixed well plots, characters and a universal message of peace and acceptance without being too stiff. It just was. Part of the story like the message beyond the desert tales of Yosyph’s ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In The King’s Trial, M.L. Farb has created a rich world with deep, relatable characters.

I loved both Halavant’s and Yosyph’s growth throughout the story. Halavant is a prince who has to hit bottom to realize the world doesn’t revolve around him. Yosyph is a quiet man who must learn to rely on God and others. And I can’t wait to see more of Katrin, who I adore.

The book has adventure, political intrigue, faith, a twist I didn’t predict until the last moment, and a bit of romance that makes me anxi
Tori Gollihugh
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ML Farb tied with Anne McCaffrey as my fave author with this story... though totally different genres (my favorite McCaffrey is the Ships series).

I love that the main characters are so well developed and, in various ways, determined to do what they think is right.

The adventure, at times, had me on the edge of my seat, which, of course is a good thing since this is a fantasy adventure!

This book is totally worth the time and way more money than you'll have to pay to enjoy it!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable story, hard to put down. I stayed up way too late a couple of nights reading the story. It reminded me a bit of Lloyd Alexander's stories. I shared the story with my 12 year old son as we weeded our garden. The deal I have with my kids, I'll keep telling the story if they keep pulling weeds. It must be a good story, because it kept his interest until all the garden was weeded. It has been years since a story has done that. He told me to give it 5 stars and I agree. ...more
Megan Stewart
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Started reading this at just the right time! I needed something fictional, a change of pace from the nonfiction books I had been reading. It was just the right blend of excitement, adventure, and life lessons. I was both excited and disappointed to realize this was going to have a sequel! Excited because it meant the story was going to continue and disappointed that I didn't get a conclusion to the story when I finished the book! ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The work has a nice pace, the main characters start simple enough to understand at a glance but grow with the story, but the overall adventures of our heroes blew me away! Whether they were recovering on a farm, being chased by wolves, or hanging on to a cliff with a pool of lava below, it was magnificent! When I started reading this I didn't expect there to be a sequel, (and even though this book is not a cliff hanger) now I can't wait for the next one!! ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

What a beautiful story of courage and honor and learning to trust God with your life. The character growth was amazing, the story was compelling and the characters relatable and realistic.
I normally read romances but this novel held my attention. I had to force myself to put it down! And I didn’t want it to end!
Can’t wait to read the sequel. Would highly recommend.
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Ever since M. L. Farb climbed up to the rafters of a barn at age four, she has lived high adventure: scuba diving, hiking, climbing, and even riding a retired racehorse at full gallop--bareback. She loves the thrill and joy.

She creates adventures, fantasy, and fairy tale retellings.

"The writing style is smart and engaging. Brave young men, vivacious heroine. Vibrant world, exciting stakes… I’d rec

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