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Vicki Recommends The Guests of Honor by Cat Amesbury

Filed in Writing Life by on May 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 6330

The Guests of Honor

Amesbury’s debut novel The Guests of Honor has all the fun, energetic insanity of an early Terry Pratchett novel or Douglas Adams combined with the inventiveness of Garth Nix.  Though the pacing is more than a little rocky, especially in the beginning, and it occasionally veers into preciousness, if you love original fantasy (with just a touch of romance), you’ll find this book more than worth your time, as I did.  I was a bit hesitant to fully recommend the book because it’s marked by a number of first-time-author problems.  But in the end, my questions were, “Was I sad for it to be over?” and “Would I buy the next one?”  And the answer to both is a hearty “yes.”

 

The premise of the story is simple.  Honor Desry’s mother has disappeared, leaving her to take over the family inn—which just happens to cater to a very magical and dangerous clientele, unbeknownst to Honor or her sisters.  And by magical, I don’t mean the usual assortment of elves, wizards, and witches but rather sentient dust balls, cat gods from alternate dimensions, and a mobile potato with prehensile vines.  If that piques your interest, you’ll be as enthusiastic about this book as I am.

 

At the time that I’m publishing this, the book is on Amazon’s countdown deals, so you can snatch it up for a song!

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V. M. Black is the creator of Aethereal Bonds, the sensual urban fantasy world that takes vampires, weres, and faes to a place they've never been.

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