- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 854 KB
- Print Length: 344 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (15 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A86KFQ0
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #434,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Nimble Man (A Novel of the Menagerie) Kindle Edition
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The basic premise isn't particularly original - wizard and friends join up to save the world books have been around since Lord of The Rings. But the group that make up what is to become The Menagerie are unique in every way. Something one should expect from authors who have the temerity to make Arthur Conan Doyle the magic worker. Then there's Eve, whose second husband made her a vampire (after she proved that gardening wasn't her strong point.
Then there is Clay, the world's oldest shape changer, Len Graves, adventurer and ghost, Squire, the hobgoblin chauffer, Ceridwin, a princess of Faerie and Doyle's one time lover. And last, but not least, is Danny, a demon in the offing with a worried mother. All of these unite when Doyle's attempts to prevent Lorenzo Sanguedolce (Sweetblood) from being extracted from a living tomb backfire, and a deranged Queen of the Fay sets about trying to end the world.
What makes the book is the reality the writers bring to the characters. These aren't cut-and-paste heroes speaking overblown prose, but people who, if you didn't know who they were would seem like ordinary folks with both good points and issues. Or as ordinary as a 16 year old with horns is ever likely to be.
As much as I like him, Chris Golden is an erratic writer, who often falls short of his full potential. Teaming with Sniegoski seems to have done the trick, though, and The Nimble Man is that great rarity, an intelligent action story rich in both character and context. I was much delighted, and am looking forward to the next volume.
At first it was your run of the mill supra-natural super powered thriller, the end is known but in these it all about the journey. And then the writing came shining through. I meant to read a single chapter the night I finished this book! But alas I could not.
The chapters leave off like cliff hangers forcing you to read the next one and then the next and you have no choice but to keep plowing through and then Bam! You are done.
The characters could have used a little more, Clay would be a phenomenal stand alone as well as Doyle's love life. But all in all the mix is perfect, a perfect fit to eat a night of your life and leave you wishing and begging for the second, and a third and with luck a whole complimentary for many years.
From the first page to the last, the action and adventure never let up. If you liked the League of Extrodinary Gentlemen comic or movie, then you will certainly enjoy this colorful novel.
Led by the sorceror Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Menagerie team battles awesome forces of darkness quite unique from anything I've read before. From vampires to elementals to hobgoblins to shapeshifters, THE NIMBLE MAN has that and so much more to offer for hours of reading enjoyment.
Fresh and ever-growing characters abound in this debut 1st novel, partly written from the author who wrote the famous and great Shadow Saga. These two writers seem to blend beautifully together, and I for one, will be looking forward to purchasing the next installment.
Hollywood, please make this into a movie!
The characters were great, and well crafted. I like the idea of Doyle as a powerful wizard, with an equally powerful ego, watching over humanity. I completely loved the character of Eve (yes, THAT Eve) who is the mother of all vampires. The goblin squire added a lot of humor and was very likeable. And how cool that he can travel through shadows? Clay was a mystery I'd love to unravel. There was a lot of witty, clever dialog amongst them all. I think the problem was the plot. Despite what seemed like a lot of action, the book plodded along. Doyle is searching for the world's most powerful wizard, Sweetblood, who locked himself away so others wouldn't try to use his power for evil. Doyle needs to find him to stop a coming apocalypse. An evil fey princess wants to find him as well. She needs him to release The Nimble Man - a mysterious menace that isn't even mentioned until 2/3 of the way through the book, despite being the title, and is promptly defeated. That's the plot in a nutshell. We find out the real danger comes later, now that Sweetblood is free, so this book almost felt like a set-up for the real novel to come later.
Though I can't pinpoint exactly what went wrong, I liked the characters enough that I'll try the next book, The Tears of the Furies (The Menagerie, No. 2). If you are looking for new dark or urban fantasy, this is worthwhile. It just didn't satisfy like I hoped.
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