As the prequel to Gaspar the Thief, this novella is an entertaining read. It is definitely an adventure with subtle details that tie-up nicely by the end. I love a clever plot like David Lindsay has written. Kudos David!
This fantastic fantasy is like watching Doctor Who while playing Dungeons and Dragons. It’s fun! The author has quite a sense of humor and a wonderful way of constructing complex sentences that gives the cadence of the book a fast-paced energy.
“Who would have thought that fashion could become a matter of life and death?”
Yeah, this story is about hats… really cool, magical hats that become the to-die-for fashion among the richy-rich ladies. The subplot stories surrounding the magical activation of these hats was so amazing, unique and interesting. I would read a book on just the hats, but the main plot knocked my socks off, and my hat!
I usually read female-written fantasy novels about women kicking serious monster butt, but this author writes with such wit and humor, I was hooked after the first chapter. Read it. I guarantee you won’t want to put it down. The main plot has fun little twists in the story that are delightfully unexpected.
As a main character, Gaspar is a lovable rogue thief who can basically talk his way out of or into any situation. The interactions between him and the Spellbroker are awesome. Their personalities play well together. Most of the story is told through the dialogue, so don’t skim the conversations, savor them! I would suggest this series to all ages. It’s clean. It’s fun. It’s a tight story that would make a cool movie!