This is one book that has a lot of things going on, all the way through. Pete Marsh appears to be a normal, young man working in a bookstore for the elderly Mr. Benson, and living with his girlfriend, Kate. He is completely enamored with books and has no desire to do anything else.
One day, Mr. Benson passes away, leaving the bookstore to Pete. It is a labyrinth of hallways, stairs, rooms, and the occasional locked door. Along with the store, he inherits Gotluk, a hobgoblin. I didn’t have any idea what it was, other than a small man about four feet tall, who can throw magic hither and yon.
The store has a back door, which allows the Fae, nice people with plenty of magic, to come and go from their land of magic into Pete’s world, which has none. He and Gotluk have the occupation of protecting the door from all the bad and strange beings that could possibly enter, if it is left unprotected. Pete’s good friend, Nigel, and several of the Fae, want to see Pete be successful at protecting the door, but it’s no easy task. Soon, everyone will know that the door has changed hands and will be waiting to attack him and take control. Unfortunately, the first thing to happen is for Kate to be kidnapped by the equivalent of the Wicked Witch of the West, which leads to a whole slew of repercussions.
There is a lot of action in this book and a certain amount of suspense. The fact is, this book is chock full of stuff happening constantly. There is fighting, plotting and planning, chasing the bad guy, being chased by the bad guy, escaping the bad guy, helping the Fae, and being helped by the Fae. It was non-stop and there was never a dull moment.
I really liked the characters and found them to be fairly well-developed. The only thing the book lacked was good editing. Occasionally, a paragraph would suddenly change tense. Many, many times I found words misused, sole instead of soul, head instead of hit, advisory instead of adversary, but the strangest of all was Kate hopping back and forth between being his girlfriend to his wife. There were hardly any typos, just the odd usage of the incorrect words. Unfortunately, since I am a stickler for these things, I did a stutter-step of annoyance every time I read one of these errors.
I think anyone who enjoys fantasy and action will enjoy this story. The main characters are very nice people, so I was quite startled the first time someone stuck a sword in a nasty individual. From that point on, I knew that the characters meant business and would do whatever necessary to protect the door and save Kate. Up until that point, I thought this was going to be a sweet story with a lot of talking and that everything would be resolved nicely. Not a chance! This is all out war. Due to this, I enjoyed it a lot.
For the rating:
- Genre and general reading age – Fantasy. Adults and teens will enjoy this story.
- Level of sexuality – None.
- Was there graphic language? No.
- Did I cry? No, it’s not that type of book.
- Is this part of a series? Not yet, but the ending feels like there is a sequel coming.
- Level of character development – fairly high. They were well-done.
- Did I laugh? Yes, I found it quite entertaining.
Overall, I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️stars. Good story, poor editing.