Title: My Sparkling Misfortune
Author: Laura Lond
Genre: Humorous fantasy
This is a delightful story about a reluctant hero, Lord Arkus, who despite his pride in being an evil villain manages to become the hero of a Kingdom. Meanwhile, his nemesis, who is trying very hard to be a hero, uses rather questionable methods in his efforts to defeat Arkus. This makes him rather more like the villain than the villain. It’s this twisting of roles and the underlying theme that even the darkest villain has good qualities if someone believes in them enough that makes this more than just another humorous fantasy.
It is also very well written. The prose is immediate, the plot is engaging, and although some of the supporting characters are a little thin – not a problem given that this is a short work – the main character is well fleshed out and more complex than he would have us believe. He grows from his experiences, particularly from his relationship with his Sparkling – another well-defined and interesting character. The end is excellent – not too sweet and not too sour – and leaves us somewhere to go in future instalments, ones I’m keen to read.
It’s a great read for all ages. Well-worth 5 stars and a place on the Awesome Indies.
Description: Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead—“a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.