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M'rain gets help from an unlikely source -- a magical lizard named Glick, who claims to work for a deity. He helps M'rain get free of the evil man -- but in return, he demands that she free the other slaves and take them home. There, she meets a young man named P'puck, who fits about as well in his home village as M'rain does in hers. And Glick has more work for them both.
Labyrinth Quest skirts the boundary between magic realism and fantasy. In Hertzberger's earlier series, Earth's Pendulum, the planet itself was sentient, or nearly so. Here, the planet's sentience is wrapped up in Glick. The lizard knows all about the world these people inhabit, but Glick only gives the information out in dribs and drabs. The villagers on both sides of the mountains have found a way to survive, even when the land is harsh; that's more of a testament to their resilience, I think, than to the planet giving them what they need.
My only complaint is that M'rain doesn't have to struggle very hard to meet her challenges. She finds her way almost unerringly through the cave maze, thanks to the magic sight Glick bestows upon her -- and when she does go astray, it turns out Glick wanted her to. She never has to hunt for food and water because Glick leads her to both, and the lizard even reminds her to stock up when it's time to move on. I wanted to see M'rain fail spectacularly at least once, and become stronger by thinking her way out of her problems.
That aside, I enjoyed the book. M'rain and P'puck are appealing characters, the bad guy is suitably evil, and Glick -- well, Glick is an annoying know-it-all. But then, most demigods are. Recommended for readers who enjoy both magic realism and fantasy.
Originally posted at Rursday Reads.
In the usual manner of heroes, her questing personality gets her into trouble. Trapped by a rabid madman in a labyrinth, helped by a powerful but obnoxious lizard-magician called Glick, she fights the dangers of her environment and the nagging of her self-doubt to overcome the physical and societal gap between her village and the one on the other end of the cave.
This novel is imbued with a tone of delightful childlike naiveté that ignores practicalities – time and distance and the necessity of sleeping and eating – with the sweep of a magic wand. In spite of this simple presentation, the story deals with basic aspects of the human experience: the nature of trust, the abuse of power, the many elements of leadership. This gives it a depth beyond that of most children’s stories.
One point that should concern the author. I have made a point about the delightful child-like quality of the tale. However, the mildly (for adults) explicit sexual scenes are hardly appropriate for 12-year-olds, who I think would otherwise really enjoy and benefit from the story. Or maybe I'm just an old fogey.
A minor point potential readers should be aware of; I have always thought that “magical realism” attempts to bridge the gap between the metaphysical and the modern world. This book is advertised as “magical realism/fantasy,” but I don’t see the theology as applicable to our world, especially with such an infuriating lizard as a deity! I’d prefer to call it fantasy with a touch of humour.
Last complaint; in the cover image, Glick, in his usual infuriating way, sits right on top of the maze, and I can’t figure out the way to the centre!
Recommended for Young Adult readers, and for all who enjoy an unsophisticated approach to Fantasy.