A Fool's Errand

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
319 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Fool’s Errand is a work of fantasy fiction with comedic and strong character-based themes, penned by author Owen G. Richards. The central character to this amusing tale is Jerome Huggett, a simple entertainer who is used to charming people to a certain degree, with varying levels of success. So when he is sent across a war-torn pseudo-medieval fantasy world with the errand of winning support from the most fearsome creatures to ever walk the world, his chances of survival – let alone success – look pretty slim. So begins an extremely fun quest novel with a hapless hero whom we’re all keen to root for throughout the tale.

Author Owen G. Richards has a quaint turn of phrase that makes the novel read like a Shakespeare adaptation in places, taking the traditional role of the fool and humanizing him into a central character rather than a constant source of comic relief. Although there are many amusing moments, the plot is actually quite serious and very well developed to get the best out of its characters and give readers a chance to get to know them in highly relatable ways. The prose also holds a high level of charm and humor, and its present-tense narration moves the plot along at speed, making the audience feel as though they are there at the time and place of events. Overall, A Fool’s Errand is a recommended read for fantasy and comedy fans looking for something new and original to enjoy.