The Kinmaran Chronicles I.i - The Adventures of Brackenbelly: All in a Day's Work by Gareth Baker
I bought this book because I liked the nose on the huge floating head on the cover. However, I soon discovered that huge noses wasn't the only thing I would like. The names too were most appealing. Isomee, the poor young, innocent yet spirited girl, her horrible uncle, Hogg-Bottom and then the Uma, Brackenbelly - what wonderful names! Obviously the author has been eating one too many cabbages.
Each chapter is short and it's a breeze to get through, and get through you do as this is a real page-turner. I was very impressed with the descriptions of the world the characters inhabit and the characters themselves. 'Isomee's curly red hair looked like it was caught on fire...'
The characters themselves are involving, you don't feel indifferent and you do end up rooting for them. Brackenbelly is a noble character and Isomee's sweet like cabbage ice cream.
There's good pacing and plenty of mystery as we learn about the chostri and whether or not they will they capture the beast.
Now, to begin book two.
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