A hapless hero, and a maiden who doesn’t need rescuing
About the book:
Tomkin Thornhewn, youngest son of the Duke of Marshwell, has a problem: he’s not heroic.
Regardless of his aspirations, the bookish, untrained young man is better suited to recording the deeds of heroes than being one himself.
Which becomes an obvious problem when he finds himself clinging to a ledge above a sleeping dragon. And instead of wielding his family’s great sword with valor and skill, he drops it—onto the dragon.
The problem grows immeasurably worse when Tomkin himself falls off the ledge—also onto the dragon.
And his problem reaches its peak when Tomkin, after being captured, discovers a maiden locked in a tower. But this is no sweet damsel. Not only does she refuse to be rescued, she refuses to even admit she’s in distress.
It’s too bad for the people of Marshwell that Tomkin is the only thing standing – or falling – in the dragon’s way.
Review by Katy Haye:
I loved JA Andrews’ A Threat of Shadows, and A Keeper’s Tale is just as gorgeous. It’s full of humour and vivacity that made it an absolute pleasure to read.
Tomkin was a fabulous narrator. He’s the sensible, practical son left behind to manage the estates while his father and brother go in search of a warrior’s glory (and find it far too easily). Tomkin was hugely entertaining, narrating his day to try and find some glory for himself (but it’s hard to find glory in bald sheep) and then falling into an adventure largely by accident.
The relationship between Tomkin and Mags was delightful. Both were struggling with family issues and the emotion was just gorgeous – I soo wanted them to get what they yearned for.
And the pacing was fabulous. As a reader I could see what was what before the characters did – but they always caught on quickly enough to make the twists and the bluffs convincing rather than contrived.
It’s simply glorious. Read it.
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