Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey is a creative and enjoyable juvenile fantasy.

Jaxter Grimjinx is a thief. In fact, members of his family have been thieves for generations. But Jaxter has a problem: he's clumsy. So clumsy, in fact, that he manages to set a house on fire during his first real heist. Jaxter's bumble lands his family in jail, until an all-too-convenient prophecy arises, featuring numerous disasters set to befall the city of Vengekeep, and naming the Grimjinx family as the city's only possible saviors. It's a con, of course, created by Jaxter's mother . . . but then the prophecies start coming true. Can the Grimjinx family save the city -- and live to tell the tale?

This story is simply a lot of fun. There's humor, mystery, and adventure. I particularly like the way that the story plays with the "Child of Prophecy" trope that is so popular in juvenile fantasy, since the prophecies in question were created (and inadvertently brought to life) by one of the main characters. Highly recommended to fans of juvenile fantasy!

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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