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The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming Paperback – 18 Dec 2018
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I enjoyed how it showed us the world through the characters. It made things vivid and an easy read.
It's a character driven story that has two people both on a journey and sharing the road.
I'm looking forward to the 2nd book.
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That being said with the exception of Peter and Fi every other relationship is very quick and shallow. A great deal of death and darkness is examined in the book but it's often presented as quite callous.
However despite these things the book is well worth the read and I look forward to purchasing the next installment.
The magic system set up in this book is unique and feels more like mages are mutants with different powers that can utilize. The world building throughout this is definitely something that leaves me interested in any potential sequel or even a second book in this universe with a bit more meat on its bones.
Overall, I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a quick, fun read in a fantasy universe and will likely find myself reading any sequel that comes out.
Fernandes’ does a good job of crafting an original feeling fantasy world, but also keeping it familiar enough that we are not pushed out of the story. I typically enjoy anything with a goblin element and so the first tale of their plundering a goblin king’s treasure was a great hook. The slightly askew take on gnomes and their relationships to the goblins was a great touch of world building as well and Fernandes does a good job of scattering world building nuggets throughout the text (I hate info dumps). The relationship between Peter and Fi is also a highlight of his writing. Each character is wildly unique and surprising as you learn more about him and her.
The chapters felt somewhat episodic, which is a format that I like (and also write with in my SF series) so that The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi seems like season 1 in an unfolding television show; I could imagine this as a fantasy-styled anime.
I recommend picking up this book.
I think it sets the bar pretty high.
I listened to this tale on audiobook, and the narration is spot-on. What makes this story a truly wonderful experience, though, is that within the first chapter, you recognize the dynamic between the titular characters, Peter and Fi, and quickly begin to care about both of them. You want them to succeed.
As the story progresses, you begin to realize that each chapter is essentially its own self-contained tale, bringing meaning to the “Many Adventures” portion of the title. Yet even so, as Peter and Fi romp from place to place, a larger plot emerges, driven by the relationship of these two characters to each other and to the greater world around them.
Strangely, “Peter and Fi” reminded me of the adventurous spirit of the Redwall books, even though the narrative and content of this tale is much darker than Redwall. But the profound mystery of the world surrounding the two protagonists reminds me of the ever expanding setting of Jacques’ universe.
I highly recommend taking a chance on The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi. Peter, a mage, and Fi, a Chimaera, will keep your mind focused on this tale, and by the end, you’ll feel all their pain.
Writing: 8/10. Fernandes injects beautiful imagery throughout the story. The words have rhythm. Well done.
Character: 9/10. You’re going to know Peter and Fi very well by the end of this story. Many side-characters are memorable, though very few recur throughout the tale.
Setting: 7/10. I think the most creative setting comes in Chapter 1, though the story hops from place to place so quickly that I never felt entirely engrossed in one particular place.
Plot: 8/10. The plot is heavily driven by the characters, which is a good thing. Yet Sometimes I felt too many side plots interwove with Peter and Fi’s tale. Though I expect those loose ends are rabbit holes for future adventures.
Overall: 8/10. Well done, Fernandes, you earn a solid four stars!
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, thoughtful review.