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Completely Folk'd: The Final Instalment in the Brilliant Folk'd Trilogy (The Folk'd Trilogy) Paperback – March 26, 2015
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- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0856409278
- ISBN-13 : 978-0856409271
- Product Dimensions : 5.16 x 1.26 x 7.8 inches
- Publisher : Colourpoint Books; UK ed. Edition (March 26, 2015)
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Language: : English
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Laurence shows a depth of understanding and compassion for humanity that I have only previously been aware of in Pterry's books. The extremely well drawn characters behave in such realistic and understandable ways, the story is chock full of scenes where the human protagonists interact in ways that I have seen friends and family (and myself) behave. Everyone has flaws and reasons. Combine this with the conversational profanity and the very real background created makes the supernatural totally credible and the numerous responses to it thoroughly reasonable.
The first book takes a fair while to get freaky but the set up is so amusingly well handled that I didn't notice and once things started happening I rushed to keep up. I picked up Folk'd (Folk'd Trilogy) on kindle when it was initially released as a freebie and immediately bought the second volume on its release. Then I had to wait for a couple of years for Laurence to change publishers and come out with hard copies so I could lend them to my friends including my brother in law who with his best mate could be the models for Danny and Steve (aside from not being Irish). The opening scene proper (not the framing story) where Danny puts out the bins, (and how often does a fantasy novel contain such mundanities) echoed so strongly with my own youth that I was alternately wincing and crying with laughter. The later scenes when the plot really starts are heartbreaking well described, and the vicious family dysfunction brutally well handled. And yet still with the humour that keeps you from breaking.
Folk'd Up (Folk'd Trilogy) starts fast, and with the drained attitude of reckless desperation verging on despair Danny learns about his heritage and we learn the back stories of almost everyone involved. This dizzying whirlwind of info is amazingly well handled by Laurence as we bounce back and forth through time and character, never once losing pace or mistepping. The fight scenes are really well handled (which given my hobby is important to me), the prose taught, the dialogue snappy. Again we run a gamut of emotions as we are made to see the impossible choices forced upon the protagonists by the fact of family. No-one is entirely pure, all compromise and in doing so are damaged by unintended consequence. This is an incredible build up to the final volume.
Which does not disappoint. If you thought Folk'd Up was complicated you ain't read nuffin yet. The twists in this are like feeding a pretzel through a Klein bottle. The plot, seemingly simple approaches the sort of thing that Machiavelli would call on the help of Mephistopheles to explain. And still Laurence keeps up the pace and the humour. I am in awe. The end, if its the end, is perfectly unexpected and unexpectedly perfect. And, like watching The Sixth Sense [DVD] [1999 ], I immediately had to go back and reread the entire trilogy to spot all the clues that Laurence had left. Then go and reread the Mag Tuired because.
Fast paced, gritty, brutal, funny, thoughtful and heartfelt. Ranging from kitchen sink to Tolkienesque grand battles with Lovecraftian monster hordes. This is Celtic urban fantasy told by a Celt, full of wit and complexity. Someone in years to come could run a course on the themes covered in this trilogy. It certainly deserves it.
As for Laurence, whatever he chooses to write from here on in I shall buy because I have a new favourite author.
PS Check out Village of the Folk'd . A really great intro to the Folk'in universe
Embarrassingly I was reading the book in the bathroom and I was so captivated by it when I finally went to get off the toilet, my legs had completely gone to sleep. I was quite literally momentarily paralyzed by its brilliance. Buy this book, buy the other two and strap yourself in for a fantastic ride.
We remain in the world of magic and myth with the now familiar Belfast humour - lots of laugh out moments but also coupled with a lot of personal moments. The characters, despite their predicaments, remain grounded and real - balanced superbly by Mr Donaghy, we come to care for these folk (see what I've done there) and I don't always find that in fantasy books.
The book contains lots of both Woahhh and Wowww moments, it sweeps from tender moments to battles huge in size.
We go from modern day Belfast to mythological Ireland. It is a fantastic, satisfying end to the Folkd tale and I can't recommend it enough...I'm just miffed that's the end of the story and hope that some day we can return to Danny's world!!
If you haven't read any of the trilogy give them go, you won't be disappointed!
This is just a wonderfully fun trilogy where you can't help but relate to and like the characters, even the bad guys. It also has some brilliant laugh out loud moments that scared a few people on the train to work.
I really can't say anything about what happens in the book, for obvious reasons, but if you've read the first two then buy this one and revel in it. If you've not read the first two books, what are waiting for?