My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Rudolf goes on vacation to Ruritania, he discovers that he is the King’s doppelganger. When the King is kidnapped by his evil half-brother, Duke Michael, Rudolf is persuaded to masquerade on the throne until the real King can be rescued. While Rudolf’s quick wit and steady nerves will help him to act as King, he is unprepared for the vagaries of the heart when he meets Princess Flavia.
I enjoyed both the books in this duology so much! The adventure, the espionage, the dashing heroes, the battles for honor and love, and of course, the beautiful Princess Flavia who inspires others to daring deeds of courage and loyalty.
I liked that the writing style is full of action, not too wordy or flowery, and with a sense of urgency and mystery. The plot really twists around with impossible circumstances and keeps things moving along in every wild direction.
I completely fell in love with the characters! I love how the heroes are all virtuous and full of chivalry, and the villains are black-hearted and sneering. Despite being black and white personalities, they are still complex and compelling characters.
This would be a good duology for those who are not used to reading classics very much. Each book is fairly short, easy to follow, and keeps your attention.