T I T L E: The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath
S E R I E S: From the Peculiar Adventures of John Lovehart, Esq. Volume 1
A U T H O R: Ishbelle Bee
P U B L I S H E R: Angry Robot Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 2, 2015
I S B N: 9780857664433
Sci-Fi, Fantasy1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.
John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr. Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.
Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…
Incredibly creative and deliciously dark. Though a very different tale than that of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, it is slightly reminiscent of that style. However, it is not a child's tale and it is far from predictable. I never knew what to expect next and that in itself kept me turning page after page.
The characters were inventive and definitely not the normal fairy tale characters, which was kind of refreshing. Even though I didn't want to, I found myself cheering for Mr. Loveheart at the end. Although, I would have liked to see what became of Mr. Tumbletee. Yes, I know there was a hint of it, but I wish that Ms. Bee would have written more of that scene.
I must also mention that because of the style it is not a book that you can sit down and fly through in one day. There are twists and turns throughout the book, and I caught myself re-reading some portions thinking that I must have missed something.
While I did enjoy this book, it must also be said that this is book will not be everyone's cup of tea. I don't recommend it for those who love fairy tales where everything is light and lovely. However, if you prefer the unusual, the dark, the unpredictable, the demented, as well as a splash of blood here and there then I think you will really enjoy this story.
I will definitely be reading the next book. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Mr. Loveheart. I give this book four stars because of the creativity.