The Tale began when young Prince Amatus secretly sipped the forbidden Wine of the Gods, leaving him half the lad he’d once been–literally–for his left side suddenly vanished without a trace!
But, as is often the case in Tales of this sort, the young Prince’s misfortune was also a sort of blessing in disguise. For a year and a day later, four Mysterious Strangers appeared, and, as Amatus grew to manhood, they guided him on a perilous quest to discover his true identity–not to mention adventure, danger, tragedy, triumph, and true love.
John Barnes has been heralded as “one of the most able and impressive of SF’s rising stars” (Publishers Weekly) for his widely praised novels including Orbital Resonance and A Million Open Doors.
Now, in One for the Morning Glory, John Barnes has crafted an artful and immensely entertaining fable that takes its place as a modern fantasy classic beside such enduring works as William Goldman’s The Princess Bride and T.H. White’s The Once and Future King.
I picked this up from a Barnes & Noble when it was first published. It was a small hardcover with a very interesting Charles Vess cover, by an author I had never read before, John Barnes, who was best known, at the time, for hard science fiction.
This book was pretty small, and a very fast read. I got through a big chunk of it during my lunch that day I first bought it.
It was a YA style book, an almost meta “tounge-in-cheek” fairy tale. Almost like crossing some obscure Brothers Grimm story with “The Princess Bride”. It was light, with touches of darkness. Witty, with moments of sadness. It reminded you that while fairy tales often had a happy ending, getting their might take a while.
The story is about a young prince with a strange curse and the teachers and friends he meets on the way to growing up to be king. Like it’s four mentors, it has multiple parts. Rousing adventure, comedy, tragedy, and love story.
All in all, it is a terrific tale, suitable…[Read more]