Summary: Monty embarks on a grand tour of Europe with his best friend Percy and his younger sister Felicity. They quickly get swept into a grand adventure as they search for an alchemist’s “cure all”.
My rating: 4/5
I was really excited to read the second book in this series but I am not sure I would have picked this one up on it’s own merits. I am still eager to read the second book but plan to take a bit of a break before doing so as this book ended up being a bit of a rough read for me in the middle.
It had a great start and a great finish but the middle was very focused on their adventure and kind of dragged on for me.
What I loved:
The humor and character voice. Also, the setting. This takes place in the late 1700’s and I love historical fiction. The dialogue was awesome and overall the characters were tons of fun to spend time with. It was witty and fun to read.
Felicity was a great character and I really want to see more about her.
Also, I loved that the characters paid a price for their adventure. That isn’t something I see much in adventure stories. James Bond and Indiana Jones go through tons of crazy things but come out unscathed. That wasn’t the case with this book and it really made the ending for me.
What I didn’t love:
The middle of this book was slow. It focused a lot on their adventure and I had a hard staying interested in the plot part of this book. For me, the characters and setting were awesome. The plot was a bit meh.
Monty grew a lot through the book. That was good but it meant that at times he was very unlikable and really annoying. He had lots of room to grow for sure and he did end up as a better character. I just wanted to punch him at multiple points along the way.
This book also covers a large range of social issues at the time. Class, treatment of women, racism, disability, treatment of homosexuals, child abuse, etc. I felt like there were times when it split it’s focus too much and the issues in the story overtook the story.
Overall, I would recommend this book. It was a fun read though I was sad that I wasn’t more engaged in the middle of the book. If you don’t like adventure stories I would proceed with caution. The plot part of the story doesn’t exactly overtake the book but I could have done with less of it and if you really aren’t into adventure stories this book probably won’t be a fun read for you.