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- Print Length: 163 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520383827
- Publication Date: January 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBVJF02
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If I had to sum up Kyle Robert Shultz' book, The Beast of Talesend in three words, those are the ones I would choose.
But, thankfully, I do not have to keep my review of this delightful tome to a mere three words. Isn't that just fabulous? Therefore, you will now get a more thorough review. Lucky you!
IMG_1666Nick Beasley is a private investigator who lives in the Afterlands, in 1922 E.A. (Ever After). It has been approximately that long since the last "happily ever after" and magic is far less common now. In fact, Nick has made a pretty fair name for himself debunking all sorts of magical hoaxes and proving that magic more or less doesn't even exist... perhaps it never did.
But his perspective on that... and everything else... is about to change.
I loved every page of this short novel. It had a hint of that 1920s, black and white, "Dragnet" or "Kojak" sort of feel to it. It was even told in that sort of matter-of-fact, first person sort of way that just has a very dry sense of humor to it.
Things I loved:
1. The characters. For such a short read (I think it took me about two hours to complete), the characters really spring off the pages. Nick is this grumpy, old-before-his-time, protective big brother who is sort of used to being right all the time. But he's got a heart of gold and he cares about people. That's the whole reason he is working so hard to prove that magic doesn't exist: he's seen too many people hurt by scam artists. Then there's the Lady Cordelia, who is the polar opposite of Nick. She is impetuous and almost obnoxious in her brashness, but her "jump first, look later" nature is born of an absolute confidence in who she is and her own skills (and she really is pretty good at things) that you can't help but admire her. Crispin is Nick's younger brother, and at first he comes across as sort of your typical lazy lay-about who can't hold down a job... but he is more capable than even he knows, and he is loyal to a fault.
2. The crime-drama aspects of the story. I love crime shows and detective-type stories. So those aspects of the story intrigued me and made me want to discover "whodunit" along with the characters.
3. The humor. Oh my goodness, the humor! This book is just dripping with snarky, tongue-in-cheek, dry humor. There were lines that made me chuckle on almost every page. And there was at least one moment where I could not even keep reading, I was laughing so hard. That is a huge win, in my book. I love a story that makes me laugh.
4. The world. I love the idea of all the fairy tales living along together in the same world, and this one was just so amusingly put together. With places like "Grimmany" and the "Palace of Villeneuve" scattered across the Afterlands, there were plenty of nods to the originals mingled together with entertaining puns to keep me begging for more stories set in this world.
Things I didn't love:
Uuuuummmmm.... I'm supposed to balance out the raving from above here, right? I mean...
Nope. Can't think of anything. Except maybe that it was too short.
And... that's about it.
I will definitely be buying the sequel(s) and reading more from this author. If you enjoy crime shows, a writing style that hearkens back to the days of Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, mixed up fairy-tales, puns, hilarity, and unlikely heroes... this is a book you NEED to go get a copy of right now!
Five extremely well-deserved dragon eggs
There's plenty of both humor and action. While a number of classic B&tB story elements are quite recognizably present, how Nick gets cursed, and the heroine's role and relationship to her father, not to mention the rose, are NOT the predictable standards. This is certainly not a simple, HEA, true-love's-kiss romance; it's about stopping one bad guy, and setting up for future adventures — which I'm looking forward to reading. N.b., the creature Nick becomes is more or less the typical Beast from Disney et al, but I've got to say that the other Beasts the rose fully transforms (not giving details, i.e., spoilers!) are freaky — if this story were filmed with realistic FX, they'd be scary!
The writing and editing quality is high. I only caught one extra "the" and one conjugation error ("took" in place of "taken"). There are a number of clever little incidentals referencing the fairytale genre in general and various well-known stories in particular, such as what KRS named the kingdoms/languages (for example, Contefais, which is essentially the French for Fairytale) — and not-so-incidentals, like the dangerously mad, but useful, Mirror.
I didn't write this review immediately after finishing the book, so I may remember something else I intended to comment on. If so, I'll come back and add it. If you're looking for some fractured-fairytale magical suspense, though, you won't regret reading about Beaumont & Beasley.
Oh. My. Goodness! What an incredibly fun and great book!
I loved Nick right from the beginning and my fondness for him only grows as the story progresses. He was such the gentleman, even as a monster! I greatly can't wait to see where his story will go and as he learns more about the world of magic. (That one scene though! Gave me such a big grin and made my heart happy.)
Secondly, I just loved everything about this book. Seriously. It was a fast-paced read and it seems even faster when you're reading about fairy tales you THOUGHT you knew, only to find out that maybe as Nick says in the very beginning is true. Plus, the places they visit and the "people" (I say that very loosely) they met were simply fascinating and engaging.
If you love fairy tales, be sure to pick up this book! It is going to take you off your feet like a magic carpet into another world that is epic! (Probably because it's told by the amazing Nick with his lovely companion Lady Cordelia.)
Can't wait to read what happens next!
As I read it, I thought it was almost like Beauty and the Beast meets Sam Spade—I even heard Nick Beasley speaking in Bogart-style voice in my head Shultz took the classic detective novel, mixed it with a twisted fairy tale, and produced something that was more fun than either would be on its own.
This book was such an enjoyable diversion for me I’m so glad that I listened to other reader friends who recommended Kyle’s books—so I’m passing the favor along! Go out and grab your own copy of The Beast of Talesend today.