Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Tale of Mally Biddle Blog Tour

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When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...

Author Melissa LeGette

Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.
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Sixteen years have passed since the king and queen of Bosc passed away. Their young baby daughter is also presumed dead, although there are rumors that she may have in fact lived. The knights of the kingdom are ruling the place with an iron fist, and life is pretty miserable. A rebellion group has formed though, and they are determined to discover whether the young princess truly did live. Along the way a member of the rebellion recruits a young lady named Mally Biddle to help the group spy in the castle. Mally discovers this may not be as easy as she had thought, and there are also plenty of secrets to go around. She will have to keep her wits about her if she is going to get out of this unscathed.

I found this story to be a bit difficult to get into because there were big times jumps in the beginning and not a lot of indication that the time had jumped. I found myself having to re-read what I had just read to figure out what was going on. Once the story settled down though, things improved greatly. Mally is a sweet girl who really just wants to help other people. Even in the midst of an imperfect plan, Mally wants to please those that brought her into this and work to help the entire kingdom really. The host of characters Mally meets are entertaining, and they help to make for a fun story.

Once I got past the skippy beginning, I enjoyed this book overall. The story is fun, and you can't help but like Mally and want the best for her. The story reads rather quickly. It moves along at a fairly brisk pace, so you aren't left hanging for long. I certainly saw where this story was going very early on, but I still enjoyed the  story itself. So if you enjoy light fantasy with a little mystery, check this book out.
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