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The quest to find the legendary gypsy healing Pool of Genezing is on. Persephone, Azriel, their gypsy friends Tiny and Fayla, and Persephone’s “doppelganger” Rachel, set out on their quest to save the king.
I didn’t absolutely love A Fool’s Errand by Maureen Fergus but I did like it as much as I was expecting. So it did meet my expectations. Like the last book, The Gypsy King, the book had slight pacing problems and irritating prospective changes. All of the annoying aspects were a crucial part of the story telling, and they all make sense when it comes together at the end but I do think there could have been a more effective way that Fergus did this while still keeping the action rolling.
The plot was a lot different than The Gypsy King’s, which is a good thing. Often the second book in a trilogy is like the middle child and doesn’t get as much attention as it should. In reality that book could have been the introduction for the third book— reduced to thirty or forty pages instead of being a three hundred to four hundred full length novel. It’s essentially an appeal for more money. That is not what this is! This novel is required.
We really get to know Azriel more and in my case, fall in love with him more. The relationship between Azriel and Persephone is more settling than in the last book and Persephone is considerably less annoying. I can even say that I really do like her in this novel.
Rachel though… She is another story. I wanted to like her but she is just so nosey and to quick to involve herself in the affairs of others. She is one of the reasons I couldn’t enjoy this story more. Last novel I could somewhat ignore her because she wasn’t a reoccurring character, but in this book she was.
I didn’t like the unknown perspective that we followed. It wasn’t very interesting and I didn’t find it super extremely necessary. Sometimes it was, but he didn’t require as many chapters as he got.
It’s good to finally get to see the world because in the last book the story solely existed inside the castle (we did get to see a small portion of the gypsy camp and Persephone’s master’s home). But you wonder if the kingdom is big, small, are they inland, by the ocean; it just doesn’t have enough world building. With all the travelling in this book those questions are answered, not directly of course, but through the places that they travel to.
The ending was slightly unsettling. It wasn’t a “Bam! It’s going to take a minute to let that all settle in!” ending. It was more of a “That’s it? Is a chapter ripped out or something because that can’t be the end…” I do see where it is beneficial; it leaves open so many window of opportunity for the next book. Which is what makes Fergus a clever and enjoyable author. She is always one step ahead of you. I can’t wait for the release of the third and final book in the Gypsy King trilogy, Tomorrow’s Kingdom, set to be released July 8th, 2014.