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- File size : 1100 KB
- Publication date : December 31, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 393 pages
- ASIN : B07MP8V633
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,232 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My favourite character was ... the root monsters. They were the most fascinating creatures ever reduced to the written word by an amazing imagination. Of them all, Trubba (Trouble) was my favourite and I enjoyed reading about their antics and the theatrical performances they put on to entertain the crew.
When Dan and James are kidnapped, along with Dan's sister and James' fiance, Bonnie, this tale of adventure begins. The kidnapper incarcerates Bonnie in his castle to ensure that Dan and James fulfill their promises to help him invoke a war with a rival country. The kidnapper, however, vastly underestimates the determination and abilities of the pair and they escape, hell bent on starting the war on their own terms in order to rescue Bonnie.
Dan and James head towards a sea port, collecting other desperate and outcast people along the way. Their kindness towards others turns out to be a great benefit to them when Mal, an elderly cannibal from a large island in the South Seas who has been forced into slavery, and Fala, a young woman with no home and no protectors, become part of their team. At the seaport, the group meets the captain of a band of pirates looking for adventure and they decide to all work together to become the outstanding pirate crew of a small ship. Before long, the pirates have acquired themselves a much larger and more impressive ship and are gadding about the oceans having lots of adventures.
I thought the ideas and themes in this book were very clever and that it was well written and entertaining fantasy read.
It absolutely was.
Boyack crafted some of my favorite characters to date — root monsters. They are fun and boisterous creatures that really help sell the type of story this is. It’s not a standard swashbuckler. It’s magical realism. There’s just a smidge of magic and make believe that help to create a fantasy world anyone would love to visit. From different nationalities to nautical cryptids, this world is vibrant and believable.
World-building aside, these are strong and unique characters. Boyack managed to give us a representative sampling of all walks of life while blending them seamlessly on the page. Everyone has a unique voice and motivation, and all of them are memorable.
The action is fast-paced. The plot is solid. The characters are unique. And it all comes together to create an epic adventure. I wish I could give it more than five stars. As it is, I’ll just have to hope for a sequel.
Top reviews from other countries
I've read other books by this author and love his easy style, sense of humour, and vivid imagination. He has a way with words. And Voyage of the Lanternfish certainly didn't disappoint. We have kidnapping, piracy on the high seas, swashbuckling adventure and mayhem, and unforgettable characters and creatures. By far my favourite from this book are the root monsters with their incredibly expressive 'I,I,I,I's'. (Trust me, once you read it, you'll know what I mean.)
If you're a fan of magical realism and/or fantasy fiction, you're sure to love this book. According to my GoodReads record, I read this in 24 hours. It would have been in one sitting if not for life intruding. This book gives you excellent world building and characterisation, along with fast-paced action and a rip-roaring plot line. The story will stay with me for a long time, and this is one of those books I'll find myself re-reading (and not just because of my poor memory, lol). I cannot recommend Voyage of the Lanternfish highly enough. It gets a solid five stars from me.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
A nicely unfolding story set in a make-believe world that you could dead-set believe was real, offers action, adventure, and even some supernatural shenanigans (root monsters, ya ya!). Also, it wouldn't be a Boyack book without some wry humour tucked among the cannon battles and swordfights:
"He isn't our problem," James said.
"He eats people."
"So has our surgeon. So do your dogs."
'Voyage' is certainly a more grandiose adventure than other titles I've read by Boyack, say for example, 'The Hat', and juggles a huge cast of characters, and multiple overlapping goals. Despite such size and scope, each character gets his or her turn in the limelight, which is great, though I'd like to see more emotional interplay between the characters. This only being book 1 in a series, however, I expect that will follow as these miscreants enjoy more adventures together.
The detail about pirate ships and weapons of the time period is extremely thorough, and it's clear Boyack either did a ton of research or else was a pirate in another life! It made the story all the more believable.
If you're looking for a fun rollicking ride filled with pirates, monsters, and adventure, hop aboard, and take a 'Voyage of the Lanternfish'.