Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

Rating: 5 stars

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round for the adventures of The Charlatan's Boy, as told by Jonathan Rogers.  Prepared to by amazed...prepare to be enthralled. 

The plot of The Charlatan's Boy is fun, quirky, clever, and surprisingly heart-warming. Rogers tells the story of Grady, an orphan boy living with a dishonest, traveling huckster named Floyd.  Beneath the layers of a fantastical storyline, lies Grady's endearing tale of self-discovery and his search for unconditional love. As Floyd and Grady travel from village to village, constantly reinventing their traveling show, Grady is plagued with questions about who he is and where he belongs.  His adventures with Floyd take Grady to places he never imagined while revealing answers he never expected to find.

I highly recommend The Charlatan's Boy to young adult and adult readers.  For anyone looking to expand one's reading horizons, this is a wonderful addition to a reading list.  I generally prefer reading historical fiction novels, but I was engrossed in The Charlatan's Boy from beginning to end.  Jonathan Rogers' writing style is unlike any other author with whom I am familiar.  From the cover design, to the chapter titles, to the plot and narration, this novel is a total package of creativity.  Rogers captures an authentic southern voice in both the conversation and narration, which is a refreshing trait.  His words paint such vivid pictures of the island of Corenwald and its colorful inhabitants that fantasy becomes reality. Grady's tale will continue in Fall 2011, and I will definitely be in the crowd gathering to read the extraordinary tale of The Charlatan's Boy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Press through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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