Michael Scott Clifton
Contemporary Urban Fantasy / Fairies / Humor
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Date of Publication: September 19, 2023
Number of Pages: 310 pages
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***** ABOUT THE BOOK *****
Move over Tinker Bell. There’s a new fairy in town!
Ben’s luck is changing. He has his iconic VW bus, a hot, wealthy girlfriend, and he’s managed to buy an old fixer-upper in an upscale neighborhood—just the thing to convince his girlfriend’s influential father that he’s husband material. But his new home has a secret, and when Ben opens a mysterious grandfather clock, he finds himself dropped into a magical land. There he meets Pringle, a six-inch prawn with a supercharged attitude and a pouch full of fairy dust. She saves his life, and when Ben returns to his world, Pringle returns with him.
Pringle’s adjustment to the modern world is a hilarious series of incidents that completely disrupt Ben’s life. When Russian mobsters and a vengeful HOA president attempt to hijack Ben’s life, Pringle zooms to the rescue—a pinch here, a pinch there, nothing a little fairy dust can’t fix.
But it’s when Pringle begins to grow that things really get interesting, because as Pringle’s size increases, so do her feelings for Ben. Ultimately, Pringle must decide whether to return to her world—or follow her heart and stay with Ben.
***** MY REVIEW *****
First thing you need to do when reading this book is suspend your disbelief.
The second thing you need to do is settle in for a delightful adventure with Ben and Pringle Prawn and Archie. The story encompasses a common fantasy trope – entering a a different world through some type of portal – but the beings that Ben encounters when he’s dumped in the middle of a raging battle are most uncommon. Including Pringle, who saves him from certain death.
Descriptions of the magical realm are well done, and reading it was like going down that long narrow stairway in the magical grandfather clock with Ben.
Likewise, the introductions to Archie’s bookstore and Hank’s antiquities shop were so perfect, they were real places that would be great fun to visit.
While reading the first chapter I actually thought this was going to be a young adult novel and at other times throughout the story it did lean more toward Y/A than adult fiction in the way characters’ actions were portrayed. But that was okay. I got caught up in the fun that the characters were having and just went along for the ride. And, of course, there was nothing childish about the monsters in the other realm or Ben’s world.
Pringle Prawn is such a delightful character and she absolutely steals the show with her antics and her magical abilities. The shopping trip with her in tow was so hilarious, with her not being familiar with “people” clothes, and Ben being red-faced embarrassed when she comes out of a dressing room at a store to ask if she has the bra on the right way.
She has a charming affectation of calling everyone by their full names, Ben Hastings and Archie Jones, and I loved it. That’s something unique to her voice, which comes across so clearly in the narrative and dialogue. Then there’s her “bag of tricks”, a pouch of fairy dust that she uses to get Ben out of trouble with the neighbor who’s head of the neighborhood HOA.
The way Pringle Prawn, Ben and Archie team up to save Ben’s girlfriend, Cara, from those real world monsters shows how a strong bond can be formed between three people who have just met under very unusual circumstances. Fairy dust is involved in that caper, and while some of the “saving” came across as a little childish, it was still effective and the good guys won out.
While I am not a huge fan of fantasy novels I did enjoy this book a lot, and people who read the genre will also find it an engrossing tale. There’s a Prawn, after all. And a magical clock. And a talking door. And more magic.
***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****
Multi-award-winning author Michael Scott Clifton lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie. An avid gardener, rapacious reader, and movie junkie, his books contain facets of all the genres he enjoys—action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. His fantasy novels, The Janus Witch, and theConquest of the Veilseries, (The Open Portal, Escape from Wheel, A Witch’s Brew, and Cavern of the Veil Queen) all received 5-Stars from the prestigious Readers Favorite Book Reviews. The Open Portal has been honored with a Feathered Quill Book Finalist Award. In addition, his YA novel Edison Jones and The Anti-Grav Elevator received a Feathered Quill Book Award Bronze Medal. Two of his short stories have earned Gold Medals, with “Edges of Gray” winning the Texas Authors Contest, and “The End Game”, winning the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization Contest.
Professional credits include published articles in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine.
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