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"The Shoemaker's Son" did not disappoint (though I wanted to keep reading!). Gayle's writing is fantastic, and the characters are colorful, especially Darcy, who is clearly out of her element in early nineteenth century Edinburgh with her very unladylike behavior and language.
The prequels are meant to provide a little bit of backstory for A Head for Assassination (which is about British time-travelling assassins!), and Gayle does a good job of enticing the reader to want to read more. I definitely want to know what happens next, and I'll be buying A Head for Assassination when it comes out next year.
I loved the character of Darcy and I can't wait for the new series to come out in 2012. That will definitely be one for my TBR list. Meanwhile I'm going to pick up the first book in this series, Cigs, Bolan and Strange Men with Guns to find out what Darcy was up to before she started her time travelling adventures.
What more can I say other than - buy it. You'll be hooked within the first few lines.
Well this is three times longer, yay, unfortunately, so was the price but never mind about that, its worth it for this is three times more entertaining too. The first novella introduced us to Darcy, a modern day office worker girl, whose life was about to change.
In this second prequel novella, the author grabs us by the ahem, and throws us back into the world of time travel assassins. Focus swings to a new protagonist, an Irish lad Brogan O' Malley in 1807, who has a good heart but an unfortunate lack of wisdom, as we follow his pitiful and hapless progress in life for a couple of decades. The author's narrative flair is supremely charismatic and vibrant, wit as sharp as a needle, characters wonderfully fleshed out, engaging and quite simply a damn good storyteller that I have no qualms at this stage to comparing to someone like Terry Pratchett but with a distinct girl power feminist touch.
But I wont make that comparison just yet, not until I have had the main meal. That's two exquisite starter courses, so far. So please, I'm on my knees now, I want my main meal!
I rate this a tantalising 4.5/5.
Truly, truly looking forward to 'A Head For Assassination' by Gayle Ramage--and anything else she writes.
This story jumps through timelines and shows the effects on a man's life, right from when he was very young, of even the briefest of meetings with the a stranger.
Another fantastic story. Will there be another prequel? Or do we get the novel next! (either would be good!)
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