The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean is one of our favourite reads of 2022

The King is Dead is the first YA novel by author and former celeb journalist Benjamin Dean. It’s easily one of our favourite reads of 2022.

James has been a prince all his life, and since he was born, he’s been thrust into the spotlight as the first Black heir to the throne. But when his father dies unexpectedly, James is crowned king at the tender age of seventeen, and his life irrevocably changes. 
When James’ boyfriend suddenly goes missing, threatening envelopes appear in the palace, and gossip and scandals that only he knows are leaked to the public. As the anonymous informant continues to expose every last skeleton in the royal closet, James realises even those in his inner circle can’t be trusted.


The King is Dead is one of those books you must read in one sitting. It’s not one you can read a chapter of and put down. We should know as we were up until 2 AM reading it as we had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next.

It’s an original and compelling twist on the usual royal stories. The King Is Dead has so much depth and the characters are complex and nuanced, it’s wonderful to peel back the layers of each of them as the suspense-filled story unfolds.

As a former celeb journalist Benjamin Dean is no stranger to writing about the scandalous exploits of people in the public eye, he uses all his knowledge in his debut YA because The King Is Dead has so many twists and turns which make it delicious and compelling reading. As fellow celeb journalists, even we couldn’t predict and were shocked by the ending, we did not see it coming, we thought the culprit was someone completely different.

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