- File Size: 554 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Publisher: Wicker Man Studios (September 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005LEGKAE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,481,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Picaresque Kindle Edition
"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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Picaresque is told in a series of letters between protagonist Reginald Jest, former Royal Court Jester to the king of Relaine, and his friends and associates. Most of the correspondence is with his employer and unrequited love interest, Nina Chakya, a woman who is as skilled and formidable as she is beautiful. The story structure is used effectively to keep the pace cracking along and contributes to a lively and entertaining read.
Speculative fiction fans will enjoy spotting the influences; of course, you can’t say “comedic fantasy” without mentioning Terry Pratchett in the same breath, and the authors of Picaresque are clearly fans. But other influences can be spotted here and there; the elf character of Sunny reads like a cross between Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element and River from Firefly, and lady knight Sasha bears a strong resemblance to Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.
Not that I would call Picaresque derivative; the novel strikes a perfect balance between staying true to a subgenre’s tropes and introducing innovative ideas. I particularly enjoyed the explanation the Coopers invented for the sporadic appearance of monsters such as trolls and dragons in the human world.
Nitpicks? Occasionally I’d come across a phrase that struck me as anachronistic; if this was done so deliberately for added comedic effect, it didn’t quite work for me. And there was a section towards the end where Reginald sums up one of the more serious themes of the novel that could arguably be deemed unnecessary (astute readers could have worked it out for themselves). But on the whole, the Coopers have delivered what they promise on their website - an” entertaining, unique tale with interesting characters you can identify with and grow to have some genuine affection for”.