Book Review: Fluke and the Faithless Father | Sam Burns

After escaping a murderer and resurrecting his boyfriend, Sage figures he deserves a little time to recover.

Unfortunately, life is rarely fair.

So instead of a break, he gets to deal with a magical law enforcement rookie asking uncomfortable questions about his brush with death. The quaesitor is acting downright suspicious. Or is it suspiciously?

Things go from awkward to dangerous when the man who murdered Sage’s mother is released from prison, and soon after there’s a break-in at the bookstore. The situation escalates so fast that Sage is afraid he’s going to end up with whiplash. Or worse, end up dead. He wanted a break, but not a permanent one.

Fluke and the Faithless Father is a direct sequel to The Fantastic Fluke, and should not be read first. It is an ~85k word novel that follows the continuing adventures of Sage, Fluke, Gideon, and their whole family, found and otherwise.

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How was it?

Going back into The Fantastic Fluke‘s world for this second entry, I had forgotten how Sage could be so hard on himself, which is probably why I didn’t rush to this book even though I enjoyed the first.

The story picks right after the events of book one – so if you read both back to back you’re set – so Sage survived an attack from low-level mage killer, and one from a cultist he first taught came to his rescue. You’d rightly think, how unlucky one can get? Being in the crosshairs of two killers with very different agendas? That’s insane. Well turns out Sage never really had a lot of luck. In this entry we get a little more background on the people in his past, the first entry might have given us all the relevant information about it but the focus was on the effects Sage’s past has on him. Here the focused shifts a bit to the people, past and present, who shaped him. In The Fantastic Fluke I was annoyed with Sage belittling himself every chance he got, in this one I was more horrified by the people who raised him and glad to see that he’s developed a bit of backbone and stands up for himself more, even though he avoids and procrastinates a bit too much still – which is rich coming for me.

All I’m saying with this mini “rant” is that the main characters – well mostly Sage – are written in such a way that you can’t help but feel something. The characters have an emotional weight that resonates, whether you want to throw hands, cussed them out – because some of them need it – or hug them. Having Sage’s P.O.V. makes the story personal but his emotional damage means they are ramblings, yet didn’t bother as much as book one.

When it comes to his relationship with Gideon there’s not much happening but I didn’t miss it. I loved addition of Freddy even though I don’t trust him. I love a badass grandma so Iris is the best, also I can’t wait to see what will happen with Roger – and it better be good.  And finally another thing that I particularly enjoy is the commentaries on the Quaesitors, the magic enforcement.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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