Thursday, February 5, 2015

COURT is Yet Another Unique Tale from Cat Patrick

Cat Patrick's COURT is such a unique concept that her publisher didn't want to take a risk on it. Well, I could've told them to go ahead and take a leap of faith, because Cat Patrick's previous books are unique and people love them! FORGOTTEN features a girl who can't remember her past, but can remember her future, while REVIVED's main character has died and been revived five times. So, yeah, unique totally works for her! (Check out my interview with the author here, by the way.)

Anyway, Patrick proceeded to self-publish the book. I don't normally read self-published books, because a lot of times I can't get my hands on a print copy for my library, so I steer clear of them. (Or they simply aren't very good, and I don't have time for that.) But, if I know the author's work, then I bend that rule. I had enjoyed Cat Patrick's other books, so I knew I was in for a treat.

Here is your quickie synopsis:
For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit.

Original concept, right? Each of the main royal families control a section of the Kingdom, where a certain resource is predominant (oil, coal, wind, etc.) Before Haakon can take the throne after his father's death, his mother announces that he must marry Gwendolyn, the daughter of the Duke of Coal. While marrying will solidifying the monarchy, it will also make him appear more mature. However, neither Haakon or Gwendolyn want to marry. As the story continues, many secrets and hidden plots among the royal families are revealed.

I loved the concept. I was super curious to see how this society could be hidden in plain sight. I still have more questions, but I enjoyed the discoveries in this first novel. The story is told in multiple points of view, which works well, since I wanted to know about all sides of this hidden society. One character would have been limiting. The plot moved quickly and built to an exciting ending. I grew to love some of the characters. Overall, I liked this so much that I may have to lift my ban on sequels to read the next one. That is, if there is a sequel. I have many more questions about this world. (There has to be with that ending, right?)

I'm leaving you with some tidbits from Cat Patrick's website about the evolution of this book:

http://catpatrick.com/2014/10/cour/
Happy Reading!