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The Leaf Flute: A Marridon Novella (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/8/8
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Before the events of Damson's Distress, and indeed before Damson ever joined Captain Danaco and his crew, the men of the good ship Myrellenos had their own adventures. The Leaf Flute is a prequel standalone novella about Danaco, Bartleby, and Rannig, following their time spent in Sesterna, where gang bosses reign, pilfering is legal, and a Lucentian pirate king and his crew are the only decent men about. A mission to save an emissary's effects becomes a quest to dismantle the entire Sesternese underground, and by the power of Rannig's musical prowess, Danaco's cunning, and Bartleby's rants, the black markets of Sesterna will never be so disrupted nor so thoroughly entertained.
I absolutely adore Michelle's writing style. The flow of her storytelling sucks you in wholeheartedly, as if you're standing alongside the characters within their adventures. That being said, The Leaf Flute is so far my favorite amongst her works, and I'm looking forward to reading more!
That sums up much of my enjoyment of this story, though this story deserves a more thorough report. I did so enjoy how the book begins with a copyright notice that breaks the fourth wall (and other walls, besides).
"The Leaf Flute" was difficult to put down, though that is partially because it is a continuous story with no clear place to pause; it is quite unique in that way. This is a fun little adventure that features characters about whom I instantly want to know more; they are colorful and the writing pulls you into their world so effortlessly. The plot is simple, as it should be, so as to not detract from the best part: the character interaction and dialogue. "The Leaf Flute" is thoroughly engaging, and is complemented by clever dialogue that left me continuously smirking throughout the read.
One should note that Michelle's writing style is certainly not for everyone, as, though I consider myself someone with an ample vocabulary, every other sentence uses a word with which I am vaguely familiar, or even wholly unfamiliar; it would not be out of place to have a dictionary (or Google) handy as you go.
5 Dancing Caiques out of 5 : Highly Recommended
So he is led to hire professionals to retrieve the King’s Seal. The professionals end up being a true motley crew. They are led by ship’s captain, Danaco claiming Marridonian and Lucentian heritage, simple Rannig the Giant from Frewyn, and Bartleby a crusty old man of science. Mr. Bellstrode sees the ruthlessness in the captain and it makes him nervous about who he is dealing with, but he needs the seal back.
After Bellstrode’s departure, the three comrades set out to fulfill their new commission. Bartleby is severe on the Sesternese religious activities of the day and well pretty much anything that is not science. Rannig and Danaco enjoy his ruffled feathers and enjoy ruffling them further. Meanwhile, the plan is to pretend to be street musicians outside the tea house where their thieving prey is planning to frequent. They will distract and strip the queen’s cousin (because that is who Mr. Bellstrode’s thief is) of the seal. Only surprises come in the form of Bartleby’s Leaf Flute, extra bodyguards, the Captain’s dancing ability, and Rannig’s gift for music. Will the trio be able to come back successful when the numbers are stacked against them?
It has been some time since I read one of the author’s delightful stories thus I wasn’t familiar with any of the characters or their connections when it came to this particular tale. That did not deter me from appreciating and enjoying this novella-length story of trickery and fun. The characters are colorful and well drawn, the dialogue is witty, and the simple plot was engaging. I laughingly kept my Google open to look up the unique vocabulary utilized by the learned Mr. Bartleby, but that was a whole separate amusement.
I enjoyed how things are not always what they seem and that is a lesson that the thieving Sesternese nobleman, the stuffy Marridonian trader, and Mr. Bartleby all have to learn.
I am always eager for more from this author’s fantasy world. I can recommend this story and her whole backlist to lovers of High Fantasy written with a more classical turn of phrase.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.