The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner @jeffzentner was in Owlcrate’s @owlcrate March box. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I don’t read as much YA Contemporary as I used to. My friend Jessica @novelcravings also gets the Owlcrate subscription box and so we decided to buddy read it.
I strongly recommend reading this and if you can read this with a friend, it will make the experience that much more incredible. The themes of friendship, life, and finding your place in the world are so strong in this story and are really meant to be read as a shared experience. But, it will still be a profound experience if you read it on your own.
I also became invested in the characters Dill, Lydia, and Travis. Travis was my favorite. He reminded me of Samwise Gamgee. I have a soft spot for secondary characters who demonstrate courage and a strong heart: Neville Longbottom, Chubs, Ronan Lynch—you guys get the idea.
I also listened to this on audio and I highly recommend the audio too! It was read by Michael Crouch, Ariadne Meyers, and Ethan Sawyer. I enjoyed Ariadne Meyer’s performance—she sounded like Lydia! But I have to say, I was quite taken with Michael Crouch’s Dill and Ethan Sawyer’s Travis narration. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for accents, but I also felt they really captured the essence of each of the characters.
I highly recommend this book! But be prepared for the feels. I cried during the last third of the book. Thanks for that Mr. Zentner! 😉