This is an absolutely brilliant story that reminds me strongly of Terry Pratchett’s offerings and I can’t give higher praise than that.
Tamar is a girl who gets greedy when it comes to the wishing and asks for a good deal too much – then pays the price.
Denny is a boy who would need a charisma transplant just to be Clark Kent who ends up being her hero despite himself.
Together they are a boisterously funny duo and you really can’t help liking them and wishing them well.
It ends up as a quest. With nonsensical clues, ridiculous situations and ludicrous characters they have to fight their way through houris, mermaids, witches, demi gods and other various and sundry opponents to find Tamar’s salvation.
I loved every page of it. It was sharp and witty and fast paced.
(In respect of the review posted below – I had no difficulty reading this book, nor in following the dialogue. And, as a voracious reader of everything from classics to crime novels, I am quite sure that I am well ‘used’ to good editing.
If there were problems they were not sufficient to spoil my reading experience, I never noticed. But then again, I am not an editor, just a reader. Perhaps as an editor the previous reviewer is more sensitive to editing errors than most readers, perhaps she is just touting for business.)
I didn’t’ like this book – I loved it! Ha! It seems that nothing is too outrageous or ridiculous for Tamar Black to encounter – and she does it with such savoir faire and barbed wit at everybody’s expense that you find yourself wishing you knew her personally. The characters are so believable that no matter what happens, suspension of disbelief is remarkably easy to sustain. Witches, vampires, genies, time travel, whatever – Tamar takes it in her stride and therefore so do you, quite naturally.
Denny (did I mention Denny?) just keeps getting cooler and cooler. Love that guy, he’s brilliant. Tiny crush? Weeeell maybe.