Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Tour ~ "The Perfect Fool" by Bethany Zohner Herbert

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The Perfect Fool by Bethany Zohner Herbert
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review

Book Description:  Plucked from the streets to become a court jester, Farrago’s life couldn’t be better, especially now that he’s flirting with scullery maid Thea. But when Thea turns out to be a queen in disguise, Farrago may become as much a fool in love as in his occupation. This medieval tale is filled with romance, humor, and twists that will keep you guessing to the last page.

My thoughts: Little Thief watched the Fool entertain a crowd.  He wanted the juggling balls, and since he is a thief, it was easy enough to take them.  He didn't realize that he would be caught easily.

The "Fool", Fendral, see's something in the boy and takes him as an apprentice. He gives him a name, Ferrago, and a purpose. He takes a trouble boy off of the street and teaches him to be an honorable man.  He also has a smile that Ferrao covets.

This book is told from Ferrago's point of view.  I love the voice that is used.  Ferrago is engaging and his thoughts are enlightening.  He is a little sarcastic (something I really like) and sees things beyond the surface.  He is loyal to his friends and a formidable enemy.  Not many people can get away with cutting holes out of people's clothing while they are wearing them.

Because Ferrago is meant to be funny, he is able to bring clarity to muddle situations.  His mentor taught him to bring out an opposing viewpoint with humor and diffuse difficult moments.  A fool has a little bit of immunity to political wrangling.

Ferrago takes the knowledge that he learned and is able to use it in a very different situation.  He has vowed not to let anyone that he loves to slip away from him.  This vow has him follow his child food friend and love interest to another country.  He has spent time acting, using his "fool" faces to mask his emotions and thoughts.  This ability serves him well.

This book is full of humor, political intrigue, good verses evil, etc.  It's also a clean read. :)

About the Author;  Bethany Zohner Herbert was born in Salt Lake City, and aside from a short amount of time living in England and the South, she is back in her native Idaho where she grew up. She has been a fan of books since before she could write. She earned her Bachelor’s in creative writing from BYU-Idaho and her Master’s in literature and writing from Utah State University. When not coming up with weird stories, she likes participating in and teaching Zumba, making crafts (silly ones like puppets) reading, and dating her husband.

1 comment:

  1. I have seen this one around, it sounds like a fun book to read :) Great review.


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