Title: Few are Chosen,
Author: M T McGuire
Publisher: Hamgee University Press
I loved this book. It’s a perfect combination of action, superb characterisation and delightful tongue-in-cheek humour.
The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K’Barth who aren’t out to get him it’s just that, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive – getaway driving.
As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K’Barth’s despot ruler.
Unwillingly The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But when he is faced with a stark moral dilemma will his new found integrity stick? Can he stop running?
The Pan is an immediately likable character, irreverent, witty and intelligent, and he runs through the story with an energy that makes the book hard to put down.
The story is sleek, well-paced and builds to a fine conclusion that leaves you certain that you want to read the next instalment. It never stops moving, but gives you breathing spaces when you need them, and it’s not like any other story I’ve ever read. Yes, it’s truly unique, and the magic thimble is an awesome invention. Also, something I really like is that beneath the light touch is a story with depth as The Pan questions what is really important in life.