A Dozen or So Years after the Fall of Astandalas Magic is out of fashion. Good manners never are. Jemis Greenwing returned from university with a broken heart, a bad cold, and no prospects beyond a problematic inheritance and a job at the local bookstore. Ragnor Bella is a placid little market town on the road to nowhere, where Jemis' family affairs have always been the maA Dozen or So Years after the Fall of Astandalas Magic is out of fashion. Good manners never are. Jemis Greenwing returned from university with a broken heart, a bad cold, and no prospects beyond a problematic inheritance and a job at the local bookstore. Ragnor Bella is a placid little market town on the road to nowhere, where Jemis' family affairs have always been the main source of gossip. He is determined to keep his head down under the cover of his new employer's devastating mastery of social etiquette, but falls to the temptation of resuming his friendship with Mr. Dart of Dartington-land agent to his older brother the squire and beloved local daredevil-who is delighted to have Jemis' company for what is, he assures him, only a very small adventure. Ragnor Bella is known as the dullest town in the whole continent, after all. Jemis expected the cut direct. The secret societies, criminal gangs, and cult to the old gods come as a complete surprise. Book One of the Greenwing & Dart series, fantasies of manners-and mischief....
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Jemis Greenwing isn't having a good life. His father was a traitor, he's left university in disgrace, the girl he loved betrayed him, and he's missed his stepfather's funeral. Now he's come back to his sleepy little hometown to find himself the local pariah, and to top it all off, he can't stop sneezing. While trying to ignore the malicious gossip and take comfort in the few friends he has left, Jemis is unwittingly and unwillingly dragged into the lively secret life of the barony. This includes a hidden mermaid, dark cultists, and a rather unseemly dinner party, not to mention the pie of the title.Aided and abetted by his old friend Mr. Dart and his new employer and unofficial fairy godmother Mrs. Etaris, Jemis attempts to figure out just what has been going on while he was away. The unexpected appearance of a college friend teaches him that he might not have understood what he himself was doing during that time either.This book has a delightfully wry tone reminiscent of Steven Brust or the Cecelia and Kate novels by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. The dialogue is sparkling and witty and there's a nice balance between the cozy atmosphere of the bookstore and wild nighttime adventure, mixed with ominous hints of dark, twisted magic in the world beyond. Most of the loose ends are tied up neatly, while still leaving enough mystery about Jemis' past and future to pique one's interest in his further doings. I'm always a sucker for fantasies of magic, and this one is a delight.
The book blurb gave it promise, but as I started to read there were too many obscure references to past events, enough so that I had to check that I really had the first book. The plot either needed to drive forward with no references to past events, or it needed to explain the past events in order for the story to make sense. I couldn't take the unexplained references anymore and stopped reading.
Nice to read something differentI enjoyed this nice little mystery with just enough magic to make it unpredictable. But thankfully no sexy vampires, or love triangles or chosen one's destined to save the universe. Just a disillusioned young man coming home to find a lot more trouble brewing at home then expected. A little confusing at times, but thankfully not formulaic. I would happily read more in the series
Was a little confusing at the beginning because you're just thrown into the story with a lot of talk about different people and places. A map would've been useful.This was a fun little story and I'm looking forward to the next book. However, this could've used some editing. And better formatting for the kindle.