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The Deavys Paperback – February 16, 2016
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Within the first 30 or so pages, you've got a talking cat, a carnivorous dust bunny, and a boy with two and a half sisters (that's right...a half). Eventually, though, the absurdity of the book turned into pure fun. I read much of this aloud to the resident seven-year-old, who was cracking up. She especially loved the frog pond and the serpent girl fight.
Note that the book did have a few chilling scenes which were a bit much for her, and a particularly sad scene involving an unfortunate squirrel (who really should have brought a gift).
Punny and reminiscent of Piers Anthony's Xanth series, this ended up being much more fun than I expected.
I'm probably won't be canceling my pre-order, and I'll try rereading the book later to see if I like it better the second time around. I doubt I'll be recommending it to anyone.
But when it counted? When it counted, the Deavy siblings came together. The older brother is the hero of this tale. He has to find the Truth--which was kept in the back of the town phamacy. Foster has built a very interesting world albeit a convoluted one. You really must pay attention in this tale. Oh and the cat...the cat was the best character of all for me.
There are scary scenes--I'm not sure a young or impressionable kid would be able to handle them. One scene made me very sad and I'm an adult. But hey, I happen to be very fond of squirrels, okay?
All in all, this is a world I might consider returning to. Some of it was a bit much for me in the way things wove in and out. Attention spans that aren't long might lose their way at times. I did have to backtrack a time or two myself.
I've read Foster's adult works which I enjoyed. This is not quite of that caliber to this adult reader, but I suspect a young reader would want to move into his "grump" books after reading this one.
The Deavy's is a tale of magic and adventure as Simwan and his sisters search for the Truth. In this case, the Truth was at the local pharmacy, but it has been stolen and Simwan must get it back or his mother will die. On top of that, a lot of other things will definitely turn their world to doom.
What I liked:
1. This will have you laughing out loud in public with people looking at you like you are crazy. It's been awhile since I have laughed so hard, especially from something otherwise considered to be a fantasy novel.
2. World and character building is great. Characters are not always human but everyone definitely has a unique personality. You really get to know the people and the places.
3. For the most part, nothing is taken too seriously. There are two instances within the book that will have you other on the edge of your seat or just about to start crying, but otherwise this is seriously light-hearted.
What needs improvement:
1. It takes a little while to understand what is going on. The first part of the book is confusing and then you settle in. While the book is not anything like Game of Thrones, it reminds me of that in the fact that you are thrown into things without a lot of explanation of who is who and how they got there.