- File Size: 628 KB
- Print Length: 38 pages
- Publisher: Elder Tree Books; 1 edition (February 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BE33OXM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,425,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Reginald's Tale (A Keeper of the Keys Story Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Reginald is an opossum and a sorcerer, and when one of his relatives is killed near a traffic light by irresponsible bipeds, he curses the traffic light to teach all of those bipeds a lesson. Soon after, he is also hit by a car--fortunately, his injuries aren't fatal, but as he lies on the side of the road, in pain, he's sure he won't make it through the night. He notices that something isn't quite right as he stares up at the moon, but it's not until after he's rescued by two biped children that he realizes that his curse has begun to open a rift.
If you have already read Flight of Blue, then you already know all of this, but do you know what happened while Reginald after he was returned home to recuperate? The opossum doesn't stay down for long, and after being healed and resting for a while, he's off to do what he can to help Kai and make sure the curse is reversed. Along the way, he'll meet some sentient grasshoppers (thank goodness they weren't crickets), a deceitful red squirrel, and he'll learn the best way to overcome the mistake that put the world in danger.
Reginald was my favorite character from Flight of Blue and I loved experiencing the world through his perceptions. I've never sat down with a sorcerer opossum for a chat, but I think that Anna captured the voice and mannerisms wonderfully. This book is sure to capture the imagination of readers of all ages. Compared to Flight of Blue, we seem to be moving at lightening speed. It's not a major problem--since we are talking about a novella that only covers Reginald's perspective on what was left out of Flight of Blue, and Reginald isn't the type to linger unnecessarily--but I wanted to throw on the breaks and keep it from ending.
A great piece of work, I highly recommended for my fantasy readers!
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review)
Reginald was introduced to us in Flight of Blue Flight of Blue: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles (Volume 1), the first installment in Howard's Keeper of the Keys trilogy. He is a rather surly, cantankerous opossum, but in this tale, written by his own hand (paw), we see another side of this small fellow and better understand his curmudgeonly ways.
While Flight of Blue follows the adventures of the humans, Kai and Ellie, as they fight the malevolent forces of the Middle Realm, Reginald's Tale explains what happened to Reginald after they returned him to his municipality to recover from his injuries.
Intrigued? Confused? Why not read Flight of Blue and Reginald's Tale and then you can wait impatiently with me as I wait to read the second installment of the trilogy, The Guardians. Reginald's Tale (A Keeper of the Keys Story)
Howard manages to encapsulate a great deal of story in this short story, building on her fantasy world alongside developing one of her most memorable creations,the possum Reginald. He was always a character screaming for a larger spotlight and now she's done just that.
Curmudgeonly in the best possible sense, Reginald undertakes his adventure with verve and aplomb, two methodologies of life I always strive to embody myself. Reginald is the type to take offense to obstacles first then attempt to pass them second. I would imagine he'd have a strong word to say if a large rock stood in his path when about on a leisure walk. I'd hate to be said stone. The tongue-lashing it would incur for daring to set up shop in the possum's path would be epic. Come to think of it, I would imagine a short story where Reginald takes a rock to task would be exceptional in the hands of Ms. Howard. She's that good, folks! And she could call it Rock, Possum, Scissors! Curse my need to pun even in a review!
No other way to say it, this mini-adventure is a meticulous riot.
The author was kind enough to send me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.