by Bill Hand
ISBN-13: 9781448632145 (Trade Paperback)
Pub. Date: June 2009
With the advent of movie versions of The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the Harry Potter books, a new surge in fantasy epics is causing readers to flock to bookstores. But before the hubbub began in recent years, a little gem of a story remains quietly in the wings. That little pearl is a tale of a young boy who doesn’t want to be king, a talking rat and a villain with designs on more than a little piece of the kingdom. Bill Hand has penned into existence a story in the fine tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. It is a tale that will cause the reader to laugh and cry as young Quad and Friend Rat venture out in search of the Oneprince, who is the only hope for the kingdom. Look beyond the tale to the Truth behind the legend.
Originally published in 1992 as the first of a two part series, The Oneprince, slowly began to gather a following. But alas the second book would not see the light of print. Through unfortunate circumstances, Thomas Nelson Publishers decided not to negotiate another book deal. As with any good book, success may not be measured in the surge of overnight glories, but in the slow building of readership that last years and years. Failing to find a suitable major publisher to take on the project again, Bill Hand decided to self-publish the complete series in one volume. With the release of the Xlibris edition in 1999 The Oneprince has continued to gather readers from around the planet. Now, with a new publishing format, the story continues to bring excitement to readers everywhere, even a little over a decade later after the first self-published effort. Though this is a little known book, it is well deserved the attention of any true fantasy reader / fan. If you love the richness of Tolkien and Lewis, you will fall in love with the world of The Oneprince. Remember Bill Hand, the future holds many more tales for Quad and Friend Rat.—Steven Fivecats, Editor
Editor’s Note: We originally published this review back in early 2001 when we had another entity called: Alien Alerts. We’d had wondered if this book had gone out of print again as most of Xlibris’ early books had. It was a great discovery to find out that Bill Hand has brought this wonderful, and yes, classic work, back out for others to enjoy. Readers will not be disappointed in this one. It is truly a classic!!