There is a whimsy to the way Morrese writes that could be called light fantasy. His work is infused with humor and intelligence and general good fun for the reader. Morrese presents us with characters that we’ve come to know and enjoy each time we meet. The reader evolves with the story and knows secrets of the world to which the natives aren’t privy and all story-lines tie together and yet stand on their own.
Over the course of the novels, the evolution of Prince Donald is startling. Trixie notes his transition from bumbling oaf to capable leaer and he is someone who will one day rule Westgrove. Donald doesn’t use his putative responsibility as an excuse to sit back but is fully part of the action. Action that the author writes very well. Is Morrese the sort of author who would kill a main character? Morrese is an author that I know will one day break my heart. I am connected with his vividly written cast. Did he break my heart in “Disturbing Clockwork?” You will simply have to read to find out. I’m not a reader who keeps a storyboard when I read a series of books but if I did the result would be a consistently evolving character in an ever-expanding story-line.
“Disturbing Clockwork” has what readers want. Action, adventure, humor, a hint of romance and great promise of continued adventures. A reader can spend a wonderful day touring Westgrove with Trixie and her friends. The plot-line in “Disturbing Clockwork” is direct. Any reader who read the fabulous “Amy’s Pendant” (not necessary but recommended) before this story will know have an inside scoop on the driving force of this story-line.
I would read the adventures of Westgrove all day and highly recommend this series for fans of lighter fantasy authors like Douglas Adams and Jasper Fforde.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)