A copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.
If you're looking for a risky adventure, and a cozy mystery, one that would lead you to an uncertain destination, then you have to grab a copy of The Old Man and the Princess.
What if, one day, an old man decided to kidnap you, with claims that you were a princess from another planet and that he came to bring you back home to your real parents? Would you willingly go with him?
From Ireland to Scotland, an old man, Derek, took the young Sersha on an adventure that led to her self-discovery. Who was Sersha really?
I honestly have not much to say about this exquisite treasure, because I suck at reviewing works that astound me, but it's the best Sean-Paul Thomas book I've ever read.
When I started reading this, I actually forgot what it was all about, so I plunged myself into it blindly. It was fascinating and very curious that the story started in pieces and then, eventually, I got a fuller idea of what was happening in this cozy mystery thriller.
Reading this was like solving a riddle. Some parts were misleading but brought me surprises I didn't expect.
Like the other two books by this author that I've read before, this was strongly rooted in Scottish and Irish culture. You would find yourself in those countries through the English forms used in the book. Their grammar, slangs, and sentence structures were very different from that of the English that I am familiar with. It was also a fun tour of the places, the landmarks, the gothic structures which I would love to visit one day.
The characters were your typical old man and teenager.You could really see their differences in age, in manners, in choices,etc.
Derek was determined to fulfill his end goal. He was very strong for his age and I know that most people that old would have died already in his situation, after all that he's been through in Sersha's company.
Sersha was a feisty teenager with a foul mouth. She always had a way of retorting to anything Derek had to say. She was also cunning, brave, and dangerous if she wanted. Despite this being a short cozy mystery read, the author was able to show how her character was molded in just a few days. She had a change of heart, taking a risk that I think most people would not.
The ending was just perfect. I was not able to put it down when all the truth started spilling. It was genuinely thought-provoking and heart-breaking. I think I was crying in the wee hours of the morning, or maybe it was just my eyes sweating.
Overall, I highly recommend this. It is absolutely one of my best reads this year. If you're looking for a good, cozy mystery thriller with a touch of science fiction, then hurry up and read it.
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