- File Size: 3130 KB
- Print Length: 155 pages
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- Publisher: Castalia House (August 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L43JG88
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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Swan Knight's Son: The Green Knight's Squire Book One (Moth & Cobweb 1) Kindle Edition
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I have only one question, and perhaps I need to address it to Mr. Wright's muse: Here, for the first time outside a short story, Mr. Wright expounds and explores a merely dazzling array of ideas and sources. This, as opposed to his typical 2+ novels worth of ideas per chapter amidst a few dozen references to classical and world mythology and the fringes of science, with character names both evocative and really, really long. Well, Miss Muse, are you going soft? Not that I mind or anything...
Silver-haired Gilberic Parzival Moth is a kid as remarkable as his name, who gets thrown out of high school for busting up some kids and drugs situation. He perhaps used a little too much force, and perhaps got on the wrong side of the principal for reasons he doesn't understand. He and his mom move around at the drop of a hat, crossing the country, and he fears that she will make them move again. After a lifetime of having his mother answer his questions with evasions and riddles, he wants to know why they have to move all the time, why they seem to always be hiding from something, who his father is, indeed, who he is.
Things get a little spooky. Gil takes it for granted, as totally unremarkable, that he can talk to animals - when he says a little bird told him, he means a little bird told him. Ruff, the dog, is both completely dog and wiser than most people, always ready with enthusiastic advise or a dead squirrel as the situation calls for. One night as he heads home very late, Gil sees all the townspeople walking in a trance, and is warned away and rescued by someone he cannot see from inside a boarded up church he could not possibly have gotten into - yet there he is.
His beautiful silver-haired and ageless mother is ready to move again, but ends up merely throwing Gil out of the house - he can't go back to school, so he must find honest work. She will not let him sleep at home, and she does not want to discuss the doorway that appears wherever they live - on the proper nights when the moon is full - leading somewhere decidedly else.
So Gil and Ruff set out to get Gil a job - and thus the adventures begin. Talking animals, mermaids, knights, elves, and a fight for his life. That's about all I can say without spoilers, and you really don't want spoilers, you really want to go buy this book and read it. Really fun book!
As a YA fantasy novel he takes the tropes and makes them his own. Gil, a young man, is living a life often on the move. He knows nothing about his father and his mother is silent on the subject. He knows that he is not quite like other boys as he speaks with animals and his dog Ruff.
From the start the novel is steeped in mystery as you are brought into this world. There are ominous signs that you don't know what to make of. This first novel is the story of Gil as he is forced to move from the life of a young man and high school into a more dangerous world where he will need training to survive and to protect his mother and those around him.
Along the way their is tons of fun as he finds his first tutor into his training as a night and starts to see the fuller world around him that most can not see. As an urban fantasy this is quite excellent. I generally like his descriptive prose and use of terms and uncommon words. This all provides a nice ambiance to the story. I've read a solid amount of fantasy, yet nothing quite like the fantasy world-building he provides by his imagination.
Mr. Wright has been hitting on all cylinders in recent years with his short stories, novellas, and novels where each entry delights me anew. I certainly look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
Swan Knight's Son is oriented toward action and the weaving of a large fantasy world. The main character, Gil, moves straight toward whatever goal, adventure or foe is set before him. Given his apparent destiny, this is fitting. Given his inexperience, this does not always seem wise.
Many intriguing characters are introduced and many adventures had. It starts with creepy and ends with what looks like crazy. A really fun read, I look forward to book #2. I will be passing these on to my kids.
Be warned, however, this is a book with strong Christian themes and not for the fainting couch modernists who yearn for infinite shades of gray in their morality.
One of the things I particularly appreciate about this book is that, although it is a teen/young adult book, it does not insult the intelligence of the reader. I'm very much looking forward to diving in to the next volume.