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Laced with humour and loaded with vivid, unique characters, the story is set in the kingdom of Roshaven, where someone is stealing the Emperor’s roses. This sets off a chain of events in which the reader discovers that things are not always as they appear to be, and there is always more to someone’s actions than what is observed on the surface.
Buss has crafted the story with a high degree of originality: while it includes many standard fantasy elements, the author has shaped and combined them in her own way so that their qualities and abilities are all quite individual and delightfully idiosyncratic.
The reader is quickly engaged by the opening scenes, and then becomes invested in the characters and the challenges they face. The story is well-developed and moves at good pace, with the author demonstrating excellent control over the reader by accelerating and slowing them down at various stages without the reader being conscious of this happening until later.
The unfolding mystery and the development of the characters within the narrative is enhanced by the humour, which is at sometimes very cleverly saucy and at other times subversive, which made this reader chuckle quite a bit, but it is never inappropriate, nor does it overwhelm or distract from the story that is being told.
‘The Rose Thief’ is a book that I just wanted to keep reading. I really hope there is going to be a sequel.
Ned’s investigation takes him on surprising and oftentimes perilous journeys as Claire Buss’ unique fantasy mystery adventure winds its way across the pages of “The Rose Thief”. This exciting and enchanting read captures the imagination with a sparkling cast of characters and a strong plotline. Buss’ talent as a storyteller is made apparent in her ability to reserve her tale’s secrets while leading the reader through a maze of clues that may sometimes seem obvious, but her reveal is always unpredictable.
The characters in this book are well-developed and well-conceived, with duplicitous personalities and talents that are as varied as any individuals you will find in the real world.
Charming, witty, dangerous, and truly exciting, Buss’ “The Rose Thief”—may it live forever and ever—is a spellbinding take on a magical mystery adventure that readers will cherish and want to savor over and over again.
There were many lovely parts to this tale, but I can't explain without spoilers, so I'll just say this: Get the book, curl up with it and let it take you away.
Buss takes the reader on a well paced adventure that is difficult to put down!
I enjoyed her characters, especially malodorous sprite, Jenni. Buss has a true gift for dialogue, giving each of her merry band their own distinctive voice.
Looking forward to reading more from this author!
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