The King's Favourite by M. A. McRae

If you fell in love with Shuki in "Not a Man,' you will enjoy 'The King's Favourite.'

It was the greatest scandal that Oxford had ever known. The culprits were the sons of the rich and famous, even of Royalty. The trials went on for years, and the story of the eunuch's uttermost beauty and desirability spread.

Shuki now lives in his own remote home, overlooked by his beloved mountains. He is happy with his family, his studies, and is respected.

Feroz Hady is just sixteen, yet he is the all-powerful monarch of an oil-rich country of Arabia. When an important and complex trade deal hangs in the balance, an extra concession is made. Shuki’s freedom is traded away by his own country, a gift for a king.

There are stories from ancient times of eunuchs standing at the side of kings, wielding enormous influence, and influencing the fate of nations. Can it happen again?

This is Book 2 of the Shuki series, now available on Amazon and Smashwords.

  • Classification: Moderate
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  • First submitted March 25, 2010
  • Last updated Sept. 13, 2014
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  • M. A. McRae.  's avatar
    M. A. McRae. Author wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    All my completed books are published and available on selling sites such as Amazon. A few chapters of most are left here as free samples.

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    K A Perkins [Retired] wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Marj, I read the first chapter of this, then bought the first book, loved it and bought this one. I've been absolutely transfixed by Shuki's story, and will miss him! It's just as shocking yet also heartwarming in the way Shuki deals with the situations thrust on him, and has a positive influence on the people around him, whether King, advisor, wife or child. Very well done - I'll be changing my shelf in a few days and The ...
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    K A Perkins [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Marj, return read via HFRG

    Vivid, descriptive, dramatic, shocking - a window in to another world. i'm very impressed, and am off to Amazon, think I'll start with book number 1 - i want to read Shuki's whole story.
    Well done, a startling book, full stars.
    Karen
    An Ill Wind

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    calicaish wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Iam really enjoying the book so far. The character of shuki is really well written. I like the mens reaction to him.
    I will defintely read more. Highly rated

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    snave wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Marj once again your writing weaves sentence after sentence of magic. The character Shuki grows from strength to strength and continues to draw the reader ever onwards. As with the first, this offering is sure to appeal to many. You have 'soul' in your writing and this is now becoming one of my favourites on here.
    Andy

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    B.Nimble [Retired] wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Get this on the market. Great series, great writer.

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    Van Cee [Retired] wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    almost better that the first

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  • Melissa Writes's avatar
    Melissa Writes wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    I have only just got around to reading your book and found, once I started, I couldn't tear myself away. The writing seems to me to be faultless and Shuki is a fascinating combination of strength and vulnerability, which makes him an intriguing character.
    I love the title of the book and throroughly enjoyed reading such an imaginative adventure.
    Lots of stars.
    Best,
    Melissa
    Lessons in the Dark

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  • fatema's avatar
    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all names and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to be so easy with all and take as normal to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I am ...
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    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all manes and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to get so easy with all and take as a normality to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I ...
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    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all manes and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to get so easy with all and take as a normality to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I ...
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  • fatema's avatar
    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all manes and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to get so easy with all and take as a normality to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I ...
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  • fatema's avatar
    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all manes and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to get so easy with all and take as a normality to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I ...
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  • fatema's avatar
    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all manes and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to get so easy with all and take as a normality to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I ...
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  • fatema's avatar
    fatema wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hi read your book. wow! your imagiantion is well itegrated of all manes and places and very diversed. i was going to say you are Londoner, then no people do not bond as much in inner cities to get so easy with all and take as a normality to portray a as a normal environment. Suki and Khalid are strrong charrecters. Among modern setting with old Kingship there is also Hugging, services, slaves and inclusivity of all religions. Great. I ...
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    johnpatrick wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Hello Marj, Read the first chapter. There is enough intrigue and interwoven BS to snare a new reader, such as myself. You feel 'up and running' by the end of this chapter as well a drawn into the exotic and esoteric MC who is, mostly, unconscious-a great testement to the writer. The writing is proficient, at times direct-'Barak died'. I could have done with a little bit more richness in the prose, maybe this comes later as the narrative is ...
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  • StaceyM's avatar
    StaceyM wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Hi marj, I came to this book without knowing anything about Shuki or his story. I deliberately chose to read the second book, because I quite often pick up books from the library or charity shops, not realising they're part of a series. If I can finish the book then I will most likely go back and find the rest of the series (I'm a great one for series following a single character - I have very few stand-alone books ...
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    rikasworld wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    I felt there was no problem getting right into the swing of the adventure without having read book 1. The story filled me in neatly with what had happened and many of the motives of the characters. I really admired the use of different voices, all of them economically done and convincing. It's a grim world but the characters are sympathetic and that kept me reading. Watchlisted to read more.

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  • fatema's avatar
    fatema wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    I will definately read this next, seems interesting.

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  • Lara's avatar
    Lara wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    Marj, as you know, I was a huge fan of Shuki but if hadn't read your first I would find it v difficult to follow the action in the opening of this one. The 'he's' need identifying more, for one thing. The lads are hurrying to a secret place to discussca drama so I'd expect this to start with 'what happened' and 'who got hurt' sort of thing. There's no sense of shock, anxiety ... A bit flat. I think ...
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