Title: Osric Fingerbone and the Boy Murderer
Author: Michael-Israel Jarvis
Page Count/Review Word Count: 278
Disclaimer: The author of this book is an indie writer friend of mine. However, I’ve done my best to be impartial and to provide an honest review.
I thought this book was excellent, and the best of the three books that Jarvis has on the market. The others are more likely to be of interest to die-hard fantasy fans, while this book has a mainstream appeal – it’s a little bit steampunk, a little bit young adult, and it reminds me of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, except with more of a sense of humour.
In this book, we follow young Edward Sax, who runs away from home after killing his abusive uncle, and Osric Fingerbone, the charismatic ne’er-do-well who dwells in the under city and seems to know about all sorts of interesting subjects, from alchemy and assassination to the import of a new illegal drug which bad people are using to do bad things.
I’m not going to go too far into the story line, but what I will say is that while it’s gripping and highly imaginative, it’s also easy enough to read and understand. The look and feel of the book, as well as the layout and the pagination, makes it feel like a professional release, even though Mr. Jarvis is an indie writer, and I powered right through it in just a couple of days. It was a lot of fun, and I’d totally recommend it. So what are you waiting for? It’s recommended by me!