I’m a day late, sorry!
Still, here’s my first book review of the year! Yay, I’m finally getting somewhere on my to-do and to-read list :D
Thyme in a Flask by Glen Quarry
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
Goodreads Summary: Jon Chandler is a seventeen-year-old youngster presented with a difficult quest-to find a magical flask, destroy it, and then somehow find his way back home.
As Jon reluctantly accepts his responsibility, he is accompanied by the haughty yet beautiful Dorthea, who constantly challenges him. At least his best friend, Samuel, a gentle giant-all eight feet in stature and 480 pounds of him-doesn’t get under his skin like Dorthea does.
But there’s a fine line between love and hate, and Jon and Dorthea hover on it constantly!
Samuel is left behind as the quest leads Jon and Dorthea into a parallel world, where few living people have ever gone before. How can they locate a flask that has been missing for sixteen years?
Along the way, they encounter demons and wizards who will test their strength and ability, and they find they must solve several riddles before they can return home. What they learn about themselves and about life is far more priceless than the magical flask.
From the start this book had a very old-time, classic, fairytale feel about it. I think that kind of writing, which I haven’t read in quite some time, felt almost like being sucked in as though it were a bedtime story.
The writing was engaging, and the story was filled with great settings, a variety of sub-plots, and interesting characters.
I have to admit Samuel was probably my favourite character of the lot :D He had a sort of down-to-earth personality which I hooked onto immediately.
But the writing throughout this and the feel of that classic fantasy just held my interest until the end.
It is one of those stories that I enjoyed but can’t really talk about for fear of giving away spoilers as there was so much packed into this book! You can be certain of plenty of fantastical creatures and memorable moments throughout though.
I will admit I found it a bit overwhelming to keep up with so much to begin with, but the further I got pulled into the book, the easier my mind just flowed with the story and I found my imagination going into overdrive there was just so much to think of.
It is a more in-depth book, one you probably would have to give a bit of time to (at least for me anyway), but the flow and writing were easy to read, which certainly helped to keep me going and wanting to find out more about the array of characters and plots within this novel.
Overall, it’s a great read with a real fairytale, class fantasy feel about it. Anyone who enjoys this genre should definitely give this book a look!
Status of sixth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 37,524 (+2832 since last check-in).
Books read towards challenge: 3/50
Currently reading: Snow Hill by Mark Sanderson