By M.T. McGuire
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?
My Review: The Pan of Hamgee is just trying to get by. Blacklisted, he turns to a life of crime in order to survive. As the getaway driver for the Mervinettes, he comes across an artefact obtained during the robbery that puts his life in more danger than it usually is. The tiny thimble means big trouble for The Pan. Will it be the key to the ultimate escape act, or is it the key to his past and future?
This novel is pure fantasy. Or is it? There's a bit of science fiction happening in the intricate world McGuire has created. There's something for everything here--fast cars (well, snurds), high-speed chases, heroism, humor, portals, evil villains, honest criminals, and fantastical beings of every sort of description. The book is incredibly well-written and unique. From gripping the edges of my Kindle to laughing out loud, I was thoroughly engrossed and entertained the entire time I read this book.
I absolutely adored The Pan. He's such an unlikely hero. Indeed, he insists throughout the book that his cowardly nature is what makes him a top notch getaway driver and escape artist. He continuously underestimates himself, insisting he isn't anything special. The character that really surprised me was Big Merv. At the beginning, he's a typical (well as typical as an orange Swamp Thing can be) gangster, running his sleazy operation with an iron fist, threatening to thump anyone who gets in his way, masterminding bank robberies. But, as the story evolves, we discover Merv is a loyal, honest criminal who holds tight to a moral code of ethics. Then, we meet Ruth--an ordinary human caught up in K'Barth's battles. Is she The Chosen One, or has Lord Vernon made a mistake?
Few Are Chosen is peppered with unforgettable characters, innuendo, humor, and fast-paced action. I'm so glad I read this book and can't wait to grab the next book in the trilogy.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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