|4 June 2001|
|Media type||Print & eBook|
Three to See the King, the third novel by Booker Prize-shortlisted author Magnus Mills, published in 2001, is part parableand part speculative fiction. Written after the success of his first book, The Restraint of Beasts , brought him into the media limelight, Three to See the King started out in part as a "project" to prove to himself that he could be a full-time writer. The book was so successful that reviews appeared in The Guardian , The Spectator and The Independent , and it has been translated into both German as Zum König! (2004) and French as 3 pour voir le Roi (2005).
Magnus Mills is an English novelist and short story writer.
A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse that illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. It differs from a fable in that fables employ animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature as characters, whereas parables have human characters. A parable is a type of analogy.
Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre encompassing narrative fiction with supernatural or futuristic elements. This includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, science fantasy, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, supernatural fiction as well as combinations thereof.
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