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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The Gilded Basilisk is an intricate fantasy with a devious plot. With many fantasies, there's no problem keeping the good guys and bad guys straight. Here, though there are definitely likable characters to wish well, it's not at all clear which of the others are what they claim to be and which are duplicitous.
The central character, Hugin, makes me think of Shrek turned into human form. Amiable and fond of the comforts of life, he is nevertheless dedicated to keeping his native Farringdale from being overrun by Loweswater, its old sister-land adversary. There is magic at work here in many forms, not all of it of expected kinds.
One thing that strikes me as a bit unusual here is the number and assortment of appealing characters. I'll avoid spoilers, but there are enough likeable characters to keep things constantly busy. There are traitors present here as well, some deserving hisses if you can be positive they are what they seem.
I especially like the ending which avoids obvious clichés to resolve things in a satisfying way fully in keeping with the good-humored style of everything that has gone before.
My only minor wish for improvement would be having the chapter titles listed on the table of contents page. I'd also love to have an edition with chapter illustrations, black & white, done lovingly in charcoal.
In my opinion, The Gilded Basilisk is Chet Gottfried's smoothest and most seamless writing. A very enjoyable read.
You will really enjoy the characters and the small town feel of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading stories about times long past. I would love to see an animated movie of this book and another book and movie of it’s sequel. Will Masterpiece Theater be calling the author? Only time will tell.
The author, Chet Gottfried, is obviously a talented and creative person and I look forward to future books and catching up on other books he has written.
Chet Gottfried has a real talent for edge of your seat twists and turns. Not only do you not see the end coming, you’re taking wildly guesses at the middle and who you thought you knew has a totally different face when the chips start falling. Having read a wealth of short stories and novels, I have to say that I was wholly unprepared for what felt an unrelenting assault on where I thought the story was going, with plenty of pleasant surprises along the way. The author keeps the tone light and intersperses humor throughout, making a fully foreign world easy to approach and get completely immersed into.
I highly recommend this one.