I mostly read The Queen's Poisoner on Friday when we had a sort of down day. Daniel, our previous exchange student, didn't come until Friday night. We ended up with time for people to take care of business needs (emails, school related stuff, picking up an item or two for back to school and the like). Other than playing a lot of games with differing groups of people, I had a fair amount of reading time. I got mostly done and then it took until late last night to actually finish.
I liked The Queen's Poisoner. Owen is an 8 year old boy who is sent to the court of the king as a hostage for his parent's good behavior. They are suspected of treason. The whole story is from Owen's point of view. He has a rough road to navigate. He finds allies, makes mistakes and keeps on surviving.
I felt that some of the background was unnecessarily complicated, but I kind of let that wash over me. I thought the writing was compelling. I liked Owen and the girl who becomes his companion, Elysabeth Victoria Mortimer. I enjoyed the intrigue. I did recognize some flaws aside from the overly complicated background, such as the two eight years olds not understanding things I thought they probably would, but I liked it overall and was willing to overlook some of these little issues.