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The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady by Richard Raley

Monday, March 12, 2012
Rating: 5 / 5 STARS!

Synopsis: King Henry Price is fourteen, he loves everything he's not supposed to and hates everything he's supposed to. One day after his usual hour of detention he comes home to find an enigmatic woman named Ceinwyn Dale sitting in his kitchen, telling his parents lies about a special reform school. What she tells King Henry is different, she tells him he’s a mancer, a Geomancer to be exact, that he’s special, one in million maybe. She sure ain’t a fairy giant and King Henry sure as hell ain’t Harry Potter, but why not? Got to be better than the life he’s already got.

King Henry Price is twenty-two, a recent graduate of the Asylum as an Artificer. With the special ability to create lasting items of the Mancy, he’s spurned the Artificer’s Guild and struck out on his own to found an Artificer workshop looking to do things his way. One night, a vampire baroness claiming she’s named Anne Boleyn walks into his shop, telling King Henry he’s going to help her, and she’s not taking 'no' for an answer. King Henry is pretty sure the whole name thing is just a joke, but only pretty sure…

Review: If you’re looking for a FANSTATIC novel to read, look no further because The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady by Richard Raley is one that you will never be able to put down! Personally, I have never been a fan of vampire and fantasy books, but this one was far beyond any I have ever read. It wasn’t your average “Twilight, sparkly, romance” story, which, in my opinion was a good thing LOL The book jumps back and forth between King Henry Prince, the main character’s, life as a troubled fourteen year old going through a tremendously unfortunate childhood to his life as a twenty-two year old, post-Asylum, successful Artificer shop owner. Now some would find this kind of format quite confusing, but I personally found the back and forth storyline to be extremely genius simply because of the fact that it always kept me begging for more. I was never bored with this book, so much so that I ended up passing up the opportunity to study for an exam just to read it. (I’m a bad influence!) The relationship between Annie Boleyn, the ferociously beautiful vampiress, and foul mouthed, King Henry were both extremely entertaining and exciting. This takes urban legends to a whole new level and I would highly suggest it to any reader. Word to the wise (if you didn’t get the hint from the title already), foul mouth is DEFINITELY an understatement in this novel, but I can tell you right now, it wouldn’t be the same without the cynical humor and witty comments. I am so grateful that I had the honor of reviewing such a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read more from this author!

Reviewed by Sarah. R

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