I really enjoyed this book! Christian runs away from home as a young boy and a troll named Edric takes him in when Christian refuses to tell him who his family is (whom Christian soon forgets) and as he grows, he becomes fascinated with watching the royal family through his telescope across the river. Especially the youngest, Princess Marigold. He is entranced of how she loves to read and dig in the garden, in complete contrast to her perfect older sisters, the blonde triplets. One day he sends her a note by pigeon asking what she was reading, and a wonderful friendship blossoms. The only thing is, Christian never signed his real name, just his initial, C. When Chris is 17, he sets out to find work at the castle and finally meets Marigold in person. He hasn't revealed to her that he is 'C' yet. But Marigold is special. She has the ability to read thoughts if she is touching someone, so everyone avoids her. But Chris doesn't, and she quickly figures out that the new servant is her best friend! But Marigold's selfish, cruel mother, Queen Olympia, has a plan to marry off Marigold to a royal and kill the wonderful king (her husband!) so she can rule on her own! But Marigold and Chris do not plan to let that happen...What will happen next?! I really liked the style of this author's writing and how this book was funny, suspenseful, and added a little romance! I recommend this book to ages 8+ and I give it 4 stars!