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No Real Climax, No Real Ending…I Really Liked This Book
A Princess of Faë Review
A Princess of Faë by Bob Craton
Rating 4 out of 5
If Mel Brooks had a love child with the cast and crew of Monty Python you would get “A Princess of Faë” by Bob Craton. It was such a laugh that I found myself smiling and laughing at the tongue-in-cheek humor more often than not. Craton gives a glimpse of what to expect at the front end of the book: The author and the narrator started to fight—and their bickering only escalated throughout the book until the characters themselves intervened.
Characters in this book comprised quite the cast: They came from differing backgrounds and each had their own individual quirks. We meet the bitchy Princess (hey, the author’s words, not mine!) the not-so-heroic hero (Tino), a hapless wizard (Pinkie), an intelligent goblin (George), a clever thief (Mausi—not pronounced mousy), and a scaredy-cat ogre (Lout/Løüdt). The characters lead us on the journey in this book, since they basically took over as author and narrator about halfway through.
You wont be disappointed at the range of creativity and out-of-the-ordinary plot twists that arise during this story. From the princess changing her name (pretty much every chapter), to the characters voting to skip/summarize a chapter, it’s hard to overlook all the clever attributes this book has to offer.
All the good points aside, there were a few things I have to critique. Like the title of my review says, there was no real climax and no real ending to this story. It kind of left me unfulfilled (said in the least creepy way possible while referring to the climax). There were a few times when battles ensued, and a chapter where the characters meet a not-so-friendly dragon, but these can hardly be seen as climactic. I’d call these more of an adrenaline rush than an expected climactic scene.
The ending was not far behind on the fulfillment scale. I wanted to read the traditional ending (you know, they all live happily ever after and flowers and garden gnomes surrounded their castles) but it just didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, the story did end, but it was broken down into what each character did rather than what happened to them as a group. The traditionalist in me just wanted a neat ending, but I want to give kudos to Craton for doing the opposite. In fact, this whole book was the opposite of what “should be done” in a book—traditionally speaking.
This book gets a four out of five based on Craton’s ability to deliver an imaginative, humor-filled story to his readers. He gives his readers something fun to read and lets them discover a world where dragons are tamed by salt and an ogre is a wimp. “A Princess of Faë” was truly a joy to read, and will be a highlight on my eReader bookshelves.
Bob Craton wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013.