Kieron’s Tale by Anushka Haakonson — A Review

kierons taleKieron’s Tale by Anushka Haakonson

RaeleighReads rating: 3 out of 5 coffee cups

“I knew that look on his face too — the same one he had when he crippled my Action Man by dropping him in Steve’s chemistry experiment, and the one he wore when he wiped out my hard-drive with that whopping great magnet he left next to my computer. A magnet, for heaven’s sake!”

I received a copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review.

Fast-paced, pithy, and action-packed, Kieron’s Tale was a delightful little read. Following Kieron, who is taking a group of tourists through Scotland, this story introduces us to water sprites, magical shrinking men, and really, really large animals.

Written from the first-person perspective of Kieron and employing quite a lot of Scottish dialect the story moves very quickly. In fact, once I got going I really couldn’t put this down. I wished I had read it in the dead of winter, curled up next to a roaring fire with a cup or tea (or maybe a pint — probably a pint). It just has that wintery, fantastical story-time kind of feel to it.

So, why the three cups? (Potential spoilers?) Well, there were some plot holes, and while this ended up being clearly magical realism I was surprised when all the sudden Bert (Gilbert) starts doing magic. Looking back you can see there were hints of his abilities, but they were too subtle. Once he started really going, throwing magic this way and that way, I was a little taken aback. The story moves so quickly, however, that I warmed up to the idea by the end.

All told, a pleasing little story. I recommend it for a wintery evening or perhaps a summer campfire tale. Enjoy it with a cup of your favorite poison while you’re at it.

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