Monday, December 20, 2010

Book Review: The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

Grady has been pretending he was a feechieboy for as long as he can remember, travelling from town to town with Professor Floyd and putting on a real professional act. That is, until people stop believing in feechiefolk. Now, you tell me, how can you make any decent money educating the populace about feechiefolk when they don’t even pretend to believe what you say?

As Grady and Floyd travel throughout the island of Corenwald we follow Grady on a quest. Although he has been raised by a show man on the road, Grady longs for home – a place to belong with people who know him and want him. In every village he peers into people’s faces, looking for a familiar looking eyebrow or ear, any family resemblance. He wonders what it would be like to have a friend, to see the same people every day, to find out who his real family is.

Jonathan Rogers has created a world of swamps, alligators and small towns that feels very familiar. The Corenwald world fits around the reader’s shoulders like an easy old sweater. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment of Grady’s story, due out in 2011.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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