Author: Andrew Buckley
Publisher: Curiousity Quills Press
Published: December 9, 2013
In a world on the other side of ours, Rumplestiltskin has escaped the Tower prison with the help of the Mad Hatter. He plans to complete the evil mission he started so many years ago before he got locked up. But he has to make a pit stop in our world first: he has to deliver a message to the Mad Hatter’s son.
Robert Darkly has always been odd; weird things happen to him regularly. He sleeps in one place and wakes up in another with no memory of what happened, and is sometimes even able to hold conversation with animals. His life is about to get a little more off the center as he returns home from getting dumped and losing his job to find an evil-looking, knife wielding, wish granting dwarf in his bathtub. Outside his door, a mysterious but beautiful woman from The Agency waits to lead him to a whole new world where everything he thinks he knows will be turned upside down. Or right side up, depending on how you look at it.
This book is so funny. From the fictional reviews to the very last page where your jaw literally drops, I laughed all through. Buckley wrote with English humour, which I quite enjoy. The characters were also very rich. My favorite, of course was Robert Darkly himself. I could relate with his slightly out of place feeling, and although not much else is quick about him, he has a quick wit and biting sarcasm.
The relationships between the characters developed at a reasonable rate, and I loved that. From pure hatred in some cases, to admiration, then respect and even fondness.
Andrew Buckley does warn that if you like classic fairy tales, this story probably isn’t for you and he is right. Everything you’ve ever heard, everything you’ve always believed will be turned inside out. So, this is not something you read to your children, except of course the plan is to scar them permanently. I like how the suspense slowly builds and leads up to the cliff-hanger ending.
And that ending, oh dear Lord, that ending! The twist! You almost don’t see it coming, but you do, and it still takes you by surprise. I loved reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Rating: 4 Stars
Recommended: To comedy, dark comedy and fantasy fans.