A time tunnel from the future, a castle with paranormal powers, an assignment in foreign parts. Three separate adventures take us further into the world of Princelings Fred and George. We meet Lord Mariusz finding both opportunity and trouble when he steps back in time; Humphrey, the refugee from the Lost City, seeking somewhere he can call home, and Victor, the ambitious young barkeeper, setting out on his business career, with two, or is it three, assignments to unravel industrial espionage.
The Traveler in Black and White: this prequel to the series enables Lord Mariusz to set the record straight in his own laid-back style. Was he really a profiteering, hard-hearted, opportunistic charlatan? Or just a charming victim of circumstance. He's certainly charming.
The Talent Seekers provide Humphrey with the opportunity to use his unnatural powers of hearing and memory. He emerges from the obscurity of gangs of refugees and outcasts, victimised by the evil Lord Colman, to become the hero of the hour. But surely, isn't friendship what it's all about?
Bravo Victor takes us further away from the Realms than we've ever been, showing that inventions and shady deals know no boundaries. Why has Princeling George not returned from the flying festival, and who is trying to smuggle a banned drink into the Realms? Sundance is tasked to find out, but it's Victor's expertise that he needs to solve his problems.
These three books in the series take us from the discovery of the time tunnel through to the complications of travellers crossing their time lines, while all the while making progress towards an end product to deliver the promise the Princelings made in the very first book.
Praise for the books
"Hugo is a pretty awesome character. He’s quick-thinking and smooth-talking but unlike characters with similar traits, he’s not immune to failure. ... He’s sort of an anti-hero but you just can’t help it; you’ll love him by the end of the book. He’s a true three dimensional character, something I didn’t expect from a novel about talking guinea pigs... I didn’t honestly expect it to be a Chandler-esque novel with complex characters, a mind-blowing plot and a fascinating society. But it was! Hugo is and will likely always remain one of my favourite non-human characters of all time." (Carrie Slager, The Mad Reviewer)
"This book has plenty of elements to entertain the reader. From the main character Hugo (did I say he was charming?), to his efficient assistant Willow, to the shady characters he encounters. Throw in some castles, murder and vampires and I think you'll agree it's an exciting mix." (S W Lothian, author of the Quest series)
"I love Humphrey! Sensitive, thoughtful, with a special talent for listening, as well as a photographic memory, the wonderful central character in this, the third book I have read in Jemima Pett's original and inspiring series, stole my heart." (Wendy Leighton-Porter, author of the award-winning Shadows From the Past series)
"When Victor sets out to modernise his Inn of the Seventh Happiness, his velocipede is stolen and he meets a nefarious character trying to import a banned drink. Then a friend goes missing and it's up to Victor to find him. REDWALL meets WIND IN THE WILLOWS in this sixth instalment of the Princelings of the East series." (M G KIng, author of Fizz and Pepper at the Bottom of the World)