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The Beggar Queen by Lloyd Alexander
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Feb 13, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Julie by: Alex

Westmark had settled into an uneasy peace at the end of The Kestrel with the establishment of 3 consuls, the first step away from the traditional monarchy. Each of the three had their own supporters; now the factions are threatened by the return of the former chief minister, Cabbarus. Once again, Mickle, Theo, and their motley band of friends become fugitives and must find a way to thwart his “directorship” while seeking aid from the other two factions. Mickle is resourceful and courageous; Theo is too, but he appears as a much more well-rounded figure as he is much more conflicted about the role he must take in this revolution, and he is still shell-shocked from his involvement with the previous war. The most striking thing about this series, though, is Alexander’s reversal of the Cinderella-like ascent of Mickle to the throne: the happy ending isn’t in becoming royal, but in the understanding of government and the eventual establishment of a democracy.
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