The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz - From Nikki Katz, the author of The Midnight Dance , comes The King’s Questioner, an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
From Nikki Katz, the author of The Midnight Dance , comes The King’s Questioner, an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.
Kalen is a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.
But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’s mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.
With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.
Nikki Katz top ten favorite literary characters and why1. Hermione Granger. I mean come on … who doesn’t love Harry Potter and who (as a girl) doesn’t love this smart, sassy, sidekick of a character?!
2. Edmond Dantès. The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book of all time and I have to appreciate this genius character who put together the best revenge plan EVER!
3. Karou. The main character of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I love that Karou is determined, authentic, and loyal to a fault. As much as I wanted to shake her sometimes for not seeing the love in front of her, I did respect her anger!
4. Ramona Quimby. I can’t help it. I read those books on repeat when I was younger and that girl had more personality that can fill the pages!
5. Jean Valjean. Here’s someone who always does the right thing. How can you not love him for that?
6. Scout Finch. Not only did my daughter play her in a professional production of To Kill a Mockingbird, here is yet another character who is feisty and full of personality. Her questioning of everything reminds me of me as a child!
7. Jo March. I’m seeing a theme here among strong women! And she wanted to be an author, so there’s that J
8. Nan Bobbsey. I was an avid reader of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys but the Bobbsey Twins books were all my favorite series when it came to kids adventures!
9. Cinna. I struggled with this one because I love The Hunger Games books but I don’t necessarily love Katniss! I almost chose Peeta, become he’s adorable, but Cinna was one of the deaths I struggled with the most, so I’m going with him!
10. Ender Wiggin. I am pretty sure I gasped out loud reading Ender’s Game, even though I had an inkling of what was coming. Ender’s brilliant character (and he’s a gamer too!) is definitely a story to read.
Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.