Egg, Millicent and Guts are back for their next adventure in the second offering from Geoff Rodkey in the Chronicles of Egg.
This adventure is just as quirky and fun as the first. And while their aren’t any field pirates, there are some fun new characters. We also learn quite a bit more about all of our main characters. In particular Guts becomes more of a rounded out real person. Rodkey gives us some beautiful glimpses into Guts’ soul and hints at his past. I can only hope the next installment will answer even more of the questions I have about this intriguing character.
Egg comes into his own more as well. In the first book we began to see him step out from the shadow of his family and their loss. Now we see him start to mature as he accepts the reality of what his family actually was. He finally begins to see his father, brother and sister as they really were – which allows him to shed the heavy weight of his past and begin to move forward. We learn more about the family as well, including a long lost uncle who makes himself known.
Millicent also does a lot of maturing in this book. Rodkey does a credible job of making a believable transition from adoring daughter to skeptical young woman for her. Her inner turmoil at accepting the character of her own father and rejecting that life is amazingly understated yet very present.
OH – and there are natives that want to sacrifice them, rumors of ancient weapons and some transcendental guitar playing. Yes you read that right.
The quirky sense of whimsy that pervaded the first book is just as evident in the second installment. The slightly macabre undertones to some of the scenes is also present. All in all this makes for an exciting read that will take you by surprise and keep you interested.
I was provided a gratis copy of the book for review.
Well dagnabit – now I have one more YA fiction series to add to my list. One more series that I have to keep up with and wait impatiently between release dates for. Why? Because this is an awesome new series.
Rodkey has created a fascinating world. There are elements of fantasy mixed with allusions to our actual history. It is a complex world that took a couple of chapters to begin to fully grasp, but was well worth it.
The story begins with Egbert narrating his own tale. From the start it is made very clear that he doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of his family. His brother and sister are terrors – and that maybe putting it mildly. His father is a bit of an enigma – I am optimistically hoping we will learn more about him in another book.
Egbert lives on an island in the middle of an ocean that is populated by pirates. All different kinds of pirates. Some of the descriptions of house pirates and field pirates has me sniggering out loud. The creation of the inhabitants of the island and the descriptions of life there are priceless and cleverly unique.
Egbert is a very real young boy. He is not perfect. He stumbles through his misadventures in a slightly comical way, but you are always rooting for him.
One thing that Rodkey does extremely well is mixing in a believable amount of truly frightening experiences and circumstances without getting weighed down by it. The novel still keeps its upbeat optimistic feel. An excellent example of this is the character of Guts, yes, that is his name. I don’t want to give anything away – so just keep an eye out for him.
Millicent is another intriguing character. Despite not appearing through the entire middle of the book we manage to see a remarkable amount of character growth with her. She becomes a much more complex and interesting person that I was expecting.
I am finishing with this review now so I can go read the next book.
You should pick up the first book.
I was provided a gratis copy of this book for review.