|Growing Disenchantments is the second novel by
the writing couple Kevin and Diane Berry and revisits the country of their first novel Dragons
Away. If I was looking for a genre classification to place Growing
Disenchantments I would say that it is a comedic action thriller, with maybe a nod
to the Ealing Studios films of the 1950s.
Growing Disenchantments sees the
return of the illusionist Drewdop, his imp familiar Velasco, King Credos of the Central
Realm and his head of security Lautrec. But here the similarities with Dragons Away
end. Where Dragons Away was a collection of slapstick and puns in the vein
of Craig Shaw Gardner Growing Disenchantments is a story that
allows its characters and jokes the time to develop as well aged cheeses (its
humour, a comparison to wine wouldnt be right).
The more I read of Growing Disenchantments the more I liked it. The time
travelling chronic detective, who needs to find clothes as soon as he arrives as those
dont travel back with him, and the animated stone gargoyles who want to experience
the world they have seen from the eaves of the palace were cleverly done and added depth
to the story.
Growing Disenchantments is a surprise of a book and one that deserves a
wide audience. Get your copy today.