on July 9, 2015 :
Caswell finds himself exiled, a consequence of his selfish, arrogant ways. Sentenced to fifty moons in the mortal realm, he is forced into the role of a teenage girl and all that comes along with it.
This is a fun, lighthearted read that can easily be completed in one sitting. More than that, I simply didn't want to put it down. The fantasy elements are rather light, the majority of the action taking place in our own world. That's not to say they are lacking, but there isn't as much world building as most high fantasy, and there are no info dumps.
Cass is a great character. Though the book is short, he goes through a transformation for the better without his actions becoming sappy or over the top. I felt he was just right, and he made a very amusing teenage girl. It reminded me of Coneheads or Third Rock from the Sun where aliens try to fit in among us, but everything that comes out of their mouths is awkwardly hilarious. Discussions about underwear and everyday things had me laughing out loud.
Other characters include Joan, who I genuinely liked. She's almost as clueless socially as Cass. And yes, Joan, girls do shop for underwear together! Lynera was interesting as well, though her parts were short. Between her and the Interloper is where the faery world comes into view, and it was tantalizing in its presentation. It left me wanting to know more about what's going on in the fantasy realm.
Highly entertaining, I'd recommend this for fantasy fans who aren't looking for something quite so serious. Yes, there are dark forces at work here, but this is meant to amuse and it does it well.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 12, 2015 :
Judgment of the Elders was quite good. Cassandra, really male but in a teenage girl's body, was an interesting lead character. Well written. Chris Hasselkus
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Oct. 30, 2014 :
I loved this book! Judgment of the Elders is the first Urban Fantasy I've read, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. Some of the fantasy parts were a little hard for me to get into, but the modern day "human" scenes were a delight and easy to follow. The author, Gregg Schwartzkopf, knows his stuff and is an excellent writer.
Imagine being forced to live the life of a human girl when you're a male--specifically, Caswel Esmar te Willowwalk, disgraced Knight of Whiteleaf--an Alfaran, and nobility among the Fae.
It is my hope that in the sequel, "Cass" bonds so closely with his human friends that the elders will remove his punishment and allow him to choose between his former and his new life.
Well done, Mr. Schwartzkopf!
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)