The King's Favourite

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Taken as a slave in order to amuse a boy king, Shuki becomes a great deal more than his toy. More

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About M. A. McRae

The four books of the Shuki series are available as ebooks and as paperbacks. 'Not a Man' is the first of the Shuki Series, followed by 'The King's Favourite.' These are quite separate stories, and can be read as stand-alone books. However, you will enjoy the third in the series, 'To Love and To Protect,' more if you have read at least one of the others. The fourth in the series is a little different, and covers Shuki's mature years, and even ranges forward a few decades. This can be read as a stand-alone book. There is no 'adult' material in this one, though there is in the earlier novels, especially the first.

The six Penwinnard Stories are about the boys of Penwinnard Boys' Home - their spirit, their occasional mischief, and their aspirations. The final one, 'Price of Survival,' will be more widely available shortly. This one is about Bob, whom we first met in 'Angel No More.'

These books are also available as paperbacks.

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Review by: R Dango on April 14, 2013 : (no rating)
This second in the series of Shuki stories has kept me up all night. Unexpected adventures and life of Shuki kept me turning pages and it was simply impossible to put down the book. What an amazing tale!
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Lorraine on April 4, 2013 :
M.A. McRae set herself a challenge when she set out to write this continuation of Shuki's story. ''Not a Man'' was a hard act to follow, but she succeeded superbly. ''The King's Favourite'' certainly didn't disappoint.

The author took me to the middle-east, into a culture so foreign and astonishing, and introduced me to people so different from anyone I have ever known, but yet so real. The characters evoked hatred, anger, respect, love, sympathy... they made me laugh and cry. They emerged from the pages living and breathing to show me the world they lived in and help me understand their culture, their religious beliefs, and the emotions and desires that drove them.

This is yet another powerful story that will resonate with readers long after they are done reading. Yet another M.A. McRae masterpiece!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Debbie Bennett on Sep. 8, 2012 :
The continuing story of Shuki, a modern-day eunuch. Sold by his own country to be a slave to young king Feroz, Shuki never forgets his childhood "family" and yet finds contentment and even love in the strangest of circumstances.

This sequel to Not A Man is again rich in characters and detail, dragging you into middle-eastern culture with all five senses. It positively reeks of authenticity, with hints of the world political events of the late 20th century anchoring the story. Yet again McRae doesn't shirk from the day-to-day details of Shuki's life - from political adviser to the king and all the court intrigue that entails - to the king's sexual preferences and his obsession with Shuki.

A powerful and addictive read that kept me up late for two nights.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Bloodnok on June 3, 2012 : (no rating)
"The King's Favourite" is the strong, gripping sequel to "Not a Man". A friend loaned me "Not a Man", which I didn't think would be to my taste, but it just sucked me in to the world of Shuki. "The King's Favourite" continues the same exciting story, in the same exciting way, and sucked me in again.
"The world of Shuki" is well worth the visit, but don't be surprised if you have to get both, and start wishing for the next episode.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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