This week's book is "The Luck Child" by Rebekah Shafer. "The Luck Child" came strongly recommended by a friend of mine and I could not resist the tantalizing mystery that was posed by the Book Blurb (Seen Below). A fairy story with a curse, a mystery, AND a romantic subplot? Sign me up!
Cabernet would give almost anything to be remembered-except his freedom.
Cursed to be eternally forgotten, Cabernet grew up walking a dangerous, lonely line between the world of mankind and the world of fairy. Now known only by a faceless reputation as a rogue and a fairy aficionado, he wanders ceaselessly with the cat Maugrim as company.
Then the king dares order him to eliminate a magical foe in northern waters, and threatens to attack fairy lands if Cabernet refuses. As an increased annoyance, he is saddled with a stiff naval officer, the king's elderly personal advisor, and the advisor's nurse, a charming young woman named Rosemary who can inexplicably remember him.
Cabernet wants to complete this mission quickly without actually facing the enemy, a dangerous enchantress who nearly killed him before. But sea perils and fearsome monsters blindside his every trick and turn. Moreover, he is somehow growing fiercely attached to the human tag-a-longs.
As the enchantress's deadly net tightens around them, Cabernet must face the terrors of his past in order to save his new-found family--and future.
Enjoy this standalone YA fantasy that combines dark whimsy with fairy tale magic, plus a side of Oliver Twist and an enchanting romantic subplot.
Rebekah Shafer did a phenomenal job creating the character Cabernet. He is a real person dealing with real person problems dropped into a highly creative rendition of the fairy tale world. Shafer definitely pulls inspiration from a traditional fairy story in the respect of fairy rules and such, but her serious balanced with humorous approach was fun to read.
The action never stops in this book. From the starting action to the big finale this book will keep you turning and wondering and turning some more. There are mischievous fairies, deadly monsters, and colorful allies. I found myself wondering several times: "How is Cabernet going to get himself out of this one?" The mystery of the story was not as difficult to discover as some I have read, but the author fully made up for this with her stunning characterization.
The world of "The Luck Child" is one that felt familiar in all the ways a fairy story should. A good mix of European influence and Irish folktale was thrown into a completely made up space. You will adventure with the main character both in the present and the past which adds both the enjoyment and the suspense. If you choose to read this book, there will be some exciting journeying in your future.
The "romantic subplot", as the author puts it, was amazingly sweet. I had some serious heart swelling going on! I want to say all the things, but I don't do spoilers. You will just have to read the book.
This book is deeply intrenched in the European/Irish folk beliefs. There is no mention of belief past the themes of purpose and freedom. This does not bother me in the slightest, but if you are looking for a book with deeper spiritual meaning it will not be found here. What will be found is a deeply human experience with loneliness placed in a fantastical setting.
This book was a JOY to read. The main character was witty, intelligent, broken, and lonely. Though the author did not go far from what would be expected from the fairy tale genre, her wonderful portrayal of the characters found within this framework made the book something special. I will be reading this book again and again. Officially adding it to my list of top ten books.
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Rebekah Shafer (www.lanternleafpress.com)
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Rating System in Order of Intensity
N - NOTHING to worry about. Read this to your infant with a clean conscience.
A - Showing some ANKLE. Perfect book for the Puritan in your life.
P - Clutch your PEARLS. Grandma may raise an eyebrow, but keep on reading.
G - Will make you GASP. Both eyebrows will be involved in reading this book.
B - This is the full BLUSH people! If you are prone to fainting you will need a fan.
DB - You must DOUBLE BLINK to clear your eyes from being contaminated. None of the books I share here should reach this rating...Thank Goodness!