Prince Ezrick and the Morpheäs Curse:
13-year-old Prince Ezrick of Urkeneye can’t stay out of trouble. From horseback riding through the Dungeons to his frowned-upon friendship with the servant-girl, and his recent expulsion from school (the one joy that made life bearable), his life’s a royal mess. His cold stepmother and unloving father further fuel his misery, and after an especially awful incident, Ezrick flees to join a colorful camp of travelers called Vagaries. What follows is a journey across kingdoms, where he discovers exciting new freedom, friendship, and adventure. But fun is fleeting, and being a royal runaway ushers Ezrick down a dark path of telling lies at every turn. Only, he’s not the only one with secrets. Something evil is afoot, threatening all realms, and as Ezrick pieces together the chilling mystery surrounding his kingdom and Morpheäs, he realizes the troubles he left behind were merely a whisper of the nightmare ahead. . . .
2006 BuzzBook Award Winner
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
2007 Writer’s Digest
Honorable Mention Winner
(out of 2,400 entries worldwide)
SCBWI Western Washington
(Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
“A fantastic fantasy adventure for children! Highly recommended!”
“McMakin grabs her readers and pulls them into the page with her lively, action-filled plot and lyrical writing. This is a remarkable first novel from a remarkable writer.
I haven’t been this engrossed in an author’s fantasy world since I read Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series many years ago.”
—Carol Reed-Jones, author of Salmon Stream, The Tree in the Ancient Forest, and Hildegard of Bingen: Woman of Vision
“A fast-paced fantasy adventure with a dash of humor
and plenty of plot twists to tickle a reader’s fancy.”
“McMakin offers a fresh voice in the literary world of fantasy by introducing readers to an appealing adventure and engaging characters. She offers up the right blend of magic and fantastical scenarios with familiar elements to hook even the most reluctant fantasy reader.”
—Nancy J. Johnson, English Education Professor, Western Washington University, creator of the Children's Literature Conference, and 2003 Newbery Committee Member
“A rousing fantasy adventure, full of wonder and whimsy,
sure to enthrall the young reader. Fast-paced and brimming with imaginative fun!”
“A runaway prince joins a group of gypsy-like vagabonds
and a lively adventure begins! McMakin weaves together themes of rebellion, friendship, loyalty, justice, and courage in this absorbing first novel.”
—Roxann Heffelfinger, Challenge teacher, Island View Elementary
“Prince Ezrick and the Morpheäs Curse is a delightful book —
well written, with all the elements of a suspenseful, adventurous fantasy novel.
A fun read!”
—Laura Picco, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
“One of my favorite books in the contest and I enjoyed reading all the way through... The story is creative, full of magic and adventure. The world, characters,
and creatures McMakin has created are very fun and inventive.
She has carefully crafted a wonderful fantasy that
I think children will devour (and adults secretly enjoy)."
—Writer’s Digest Judge
Prince Ezrick and the Morpheäs Curse has also been featured in:
Baker & Taylor’s “Books for Growing Minds”
PNBA’s Holiday Books: The Best of the Independent Northwest