Win or Die! The Making of a King
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The illustration on our cover is taken from The Ankle Grabber, written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Moira Kemp (1870817 07 9, £5.50). The book is published by Ragged Bears and is one of the Creepies series (for full details see page 4). We are grateful to Ragged Bears and Rose Impey for help in using this illustration.
This story, in rollicking yarn tradition, handsomely illustrated by the author, will provide children of ten and over with an enjoyable read. A dastardly plot hatched by the evil Count Tzlenko ousts the young, pampered King Alonzo from his throne. Alonzo, fleeing in disguise, finds himself not only reputedly dead but also, in his peasant role, accused of the murder of an old beekeeper. He's befriended by Romanies and taught various survival skills, amidst much authentic detail of swordfighting. The climax of the book sees him challenging Tzlenko to a duel and regaining his kingship. They all lived happily ever after.