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The Prince's Plight: The Balderdash Saga, #2

The Prince's Plight: The Balderdash Saga, #2

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The Prince's Plight: The Balderdash Saga, #2

122 pages
1 hour
Apr 25, 2015


Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are....

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of The Balderdash Saga series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

After defeating Maleer, the people of Balderdash work to expand their kingdom by exploring the vast caverns in search of more graveyards. Although Hurlock and the shaman have adopted Kaylan, few in Balderdash trust the prince. Scarlet barely speaks to him, and Screech is the only one to show him affection. To escape the tension, Kaylan unofficially joins the Spelunkers, a group created by the shaman tasked with mapping the caverns.

On one of his excursions, Kaylan is startled to hear a woman's scream. After locating the source, he watches from the shadows as two men chase her down, swords drawn.

Kaylan realizes with horror that humans stand merely an hour's walk from Balderdash. He faces a critical decision. Should he run away to warn the rest of the underground kingdom about the human invaders in the caverns, or risk losing his life—and compromising the location of Balderdash—to save the woman?

Evolved Publishing presents the second book in The Balderdash Saga, a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

  • The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground Princess
  • The Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's Plight
  • The Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's Salvation
  • Hurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
  • Roland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
  • Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
  • The Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story Collection
  • Kingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

  • Drowning in Fear by Majanka Verstraete
  • Fright Train by Majanka Verstraete
  • Grave Error by Majanka Verstraete
  • House of Horrors by Majanka Verstraete
  • The Clumsy Magician by Majanka Verstraete
  • The Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete

Apr 25, 2015

About the author

I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it. This experience changed my life. From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life. Writing made my life.

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The Prince's Plight - J.W. Zulauf





The Balderdash Saga – Book 2

Copyright © 2015 J. W. Zulauf

Cover Art Copyright © 2015 Luke Spooner


ISBN (EPUB Version): 162253333

ISBN-13 (EPUB Version): 978-1-62253-333-6


Editor: Deb Hartwell

Senior Editor: Lane Diamond


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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or the author has used them fictitiously.

Books by J. W. Zulauf

The Balderdash Saga (Lower Grade Chapter Books)

Book 1: The Underground Princess

Book 2: The Prince’s Plight

Book 3: The Shaman’s Salvation


The Balderdash Saga (Lower Grade Short Stories)

Roland the Pirate Knight

Hurlock the Warrior King

Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess

The Balderdash Saga – Special Edition (4 Short Stories in 1 Book)


Kingdom in Chains (YA Fantasy Novels)

Book 1: Kingdom in Chains




What Others Are Saying about The Balderdash Saga:


The Underground Princess:

"This fabulous book completely took me by surprise. When I read the book summary I thought to myself, ‘Oh dear, a zombie book for middle grade.’ But, this book is nothing like what I expected. This book features brilliant writing from the author, believable and relatable characters (yes, even though they are ‘dead’), and a clever yet simple plot. The story uses basic themes pulled from classic fairy tales (e.g., girl wants to fall in love, evil person trying to rule the world, girl finds true love, etc.); but, the twist of having dead (and decaying) characters living in an underground world provides unique and innovative scenarios which resulted in the creation of a riveting and original story.

"A word about the illustrations... the book features roughly one illustration (by Luke Spooner) per chapter and for a middle grade audience; that is definitely a good thing! Because the book features characters who are in various states of decay, I felt that it was not only appropriate to include images of the characters but advantageous so that children’s imaginations would not lead them to something more frightening than what is depicted in the story. While the illustrations are creepy, they are not frightening so I felt the illustrator did a good job in depicting various scenes and characters in such a way to not give children nightmares.

"My Bottom Line: The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre. This one is definitely a candidate for a Hidden Gem Award by MDBR in the future!" ~ Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews


The Underground Princess:

"I found the writing itself to be superb, and the illustrations and overall quality of the book (I have the paperback edition) are first-rate!

"Some parents may think the subject matter is too dark, but don’t be fooled. Although it deals with corpses, the author skillfully creates a rich fantasy world filled with so many fun characters that your little reader (as was the case with my nine-year-old daughter) will soon forget the princess and her pals are corpses at all.

"As a parent, I really appreciated the positive messages embedded in the story (acceptance, the importance of responsibility, being kind to one another, etc.) and I was also particularly impressed with how the author introduces some challenging words without bogging down the text or, worse yet, intimidating the young readers the book is geared toward. He has done a fine job here, and it’s obvious he is deeply invested in not only encouraging kids to read, but maximizing their enjoyment of the experience as well!

Though my daughter is still reading this book, she looks forward each night to reading the next chapter, and I look forward to buying the forthcoming books in the series. ~ Dale L. Elster


For those who believe that family is more than blood.

Table of Contents

Title Page


Other Books by J.W. Zulauf


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Interview with the Author


About the Author

What’s Next?

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Deep within the caverns surrounding Balderdash, Prince Kaylan sat beside Screech, watching his campfire. He imagined the flames dancing a tango before him, grasping at each other, twirling and dipping in intricate but fascinating maneuvers. Faces formed like fiery phantasms and shifted in and out of the flickering light: Hurlock, the shaman, Scarlet... Maleer.

Although Kaylan respected King Hurlock, who’d taken him in like a son, his thoughts always traveled back to Maleer, the monster who’d resurrected him. All of his Balderdash experiences had been shaped around Maleer’s lies, and even though three years had passed since the shaman banished the beast, Kaylan still considered him to be his true father.

He swallowed the rest of his Preservation Potion and tossed the empty vial into the fire, sending bits of ash and ember swirling through the air. A burning log fell, shifting the dance to a slower, more evenly spread waltz.

Since Maleer’s

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