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- Publication Date: October 4, 2013
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Vingede (The Friar Tobe Fairy Tale Files Book 2) 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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A man seeks Tobias's help for his foster son. He thinks the child may have witnessed a crime, but the boy has a speech problem due to either autism or schizophrenia, so no one can understand him. Like Ms Keley, Tobias has a degree in linguistics which is why the man seeks him out. Paolo speaks in poetry and makes obscure references to what Tobias eventually figures out is an old fairy tale about a girl and her eleven brothers that are turned into swans by a wicked witch. He senses that someone is in trouble, but who?
Tobias's friend, the psychiatrist priest, wants him to meet a mute and apparently traumatised girl who has turned up in a hospital and, in what appears to be sheer coincidence, her sketches indicate that she fills the role of the girl in the fairy tale. But where are her eleven brothers? And how does Paolo know all this? This description is a gross simplification of a story with many subtleties, but as with all good mysteries, our suspicions are aroused and the pieces come together at the end.
Ms Keley manages to imbue her mystery with more than just the supernatural. As with all her books, questions of spirituality are at the core of the story. Tobias is a staunch Catholic. He believes in leaving sex until marriage, so his girlfriend, Samantha, who he met in his last case, must wait with him, and this provides some interesting topics of conversation. The nature of the crime and how it reflects present day morals is also a matter of thought-provoking reflection on Tobias's part, but both these issues sit quite naturally in the story simply because of who Tobias is.
Ms Keley is a master of the English language. Her prose flows beautifully (though I did find the first sentence rather a mouthful) and she expresses subtle ideas succinctly and elegantly. The characters are charming with a delightful intelligent banter between Tobias and Samantha. The plot is interesting, the pacing never languishes and the editing is sleek.
Overall the book is an excellent and eerie mystery about a sick crime that needs a little supernatural intervention to bring the perpetrator to justice. This is a wonderful example of the kind of gems you'll only find in independent fiction. It's an entertaining, skilfully executed mystery, but it's also different, deep and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it for those who like private investigator stories with supernatural and metaphysical elements.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for a review. I am an Awesome Indies reviewer.
Successive volumes in a series have to be faithful to the series' essential ethos and characteristics, but at the same time be distinct enough not to simply repeat what went before. Keley successfully walks that tightrope here. Both books share the trademark awareness of spiritual and moral reality in the light of Christian faith, and a dance of interaction between the natural and the supernatural, the human and the divine, the living and the dead. Both deliver compelling mysteries, that kept me riveted. But the plot here definitely doesn't clone its predecessor, and the mystery is a much darker one.
Though he's a distinct individual in his own right, Tobias can be seen as an heir to the "occult detective" tradition, following in the footsteps of literary predecessors like Flaxman Low, Carnacki, or John Thunstone. With its regular incursion of the invisible world into the normal setting of modern life in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, it also fits into the urban (or at least suburban) fantasy sub-genre. Unlike some urban fantasy protagonists, though, Tobias isn't the kick-butt type; he's more of a thinker than a fighter, who prefers to keep his gun locked in the safe rather than carry it. The horrific element in the book comes, not from the incursion of the supernatural, but from dragging into the light the dark "natural" horrors of what some depraved humans are capable of doing to others. Here, these have a component of disturbed sexuality, and there's some realistic sexual tension between our lead characters; but there's no sex here, no violence, and the only bad language is a single s-word. So I can unabashedly recommend it to both teen and older supernatural fiction fans who like some depth to their reading. A fine continuation to a promising series!
Friar Tobe left the order before taking his final vows, but everyone calls him Friar. His training as a Friar-to-be, his devout Catholicism, all play a vital role in the solving of the mysteries in which he finds himself.
Tobe is a man, not quite 30 years of age. He is single, and has fallen in love with a young woman of 18, and she with him. She became his secretary, and is now his fiancé, and when married will become his partner in his Private Investigator business. There is great chemistry between Tobe and Samantha, not to mention humor as they deal with the aspect of no sex until they are married. The characters in the book are believable, they are real, and they are, as all of us are, somewhat flawed in various ways.
If you liked fairy tales as you grew up (and who of us didn't?), I think you will enjoy the retelling of them, in a modern and supernatural setting, as retold and explored by Ms. Keley's characters. A great read. Enjoy ;-)