My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m secretly thrilled there appears to be more Clemency Pogue stories. I happened across this book in the children’s section of the library while I was trying to reign in my own children. After reading the first five pages, I had to check to see if it was indeed a children’s book because the language is geared more toward adults. This book begs to be read aloud, though I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face.
The similes are, well, judge for yourself. This was one of my favorites: “A plan like a cheap raincoat, horrible and irreversible.” Irreversible raincoats are, in fact, horrible, so I think it hits the mark.
There’s more of that where that came from.
Would I read this again? Probably when my children are older I’d subject them to this hilarity.
At its core, the book is about an ordinary girl named Clemency who gets attacked by a mean fairy, and she starts screaming that she doesn’t believe in fairies so the attacker dies. Except…she disrupts the entire fairy world by killing off more fairies than she intends. A “delightful” hobgoblin tells her what she has done, and Clemency goes around the world – several times – to set things right again.