Author: Chris Quinton
Publisher: Manifold Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/01/2010
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Thriller
Fool’s Odyssey is a trilogy consisting of
Fool’s Errand – Book 1
First in the Fool’s Odyssey Trilogy – Xavi is a sometime hooker, sometime gigolo, working the rich pickings of wealthy tourists and bored socialites of Barcelona in 2042. His current meal ticket is Sophia Matas, the wife of a prominent politician. Then Sophia is assassinated and he’s the only witness. Within hours, Xavi finds himself in protective custody and in a safe house. His guardian is Andreas, a vampire liaising with the Barcelona police.
Andreas needs to exert control – of himself, his abilities, and his relationships. Now he must keep Xavi safe. If he can keep Xavi in one place long enough. They embark on an affair that will define who and what they are, played out in an deadly dance of kill-or-be-killed danger.
Fool’s Oath – Book 2
A rush of over-confidence on Xavi’s part and his friend dies bloodily. Xavi is forced to face the reality of his own nature and the depth of his relationship with Andreas. And then there’s the gold hidden in the walled-up crypt of the church…
Fool’s Rush – Book 3
Father Esteve hires Xavi to trace the true owners of the gold found in the crypt of San Pedro-by-the-Wall, but it’s an old and tangled web. Someone has an undisclosed agenda, and a rising tide of anti-vampire reaction sweeps through Barcelona. It’s focused on Xavi and Andreas, which causes additional problems with the vampires of Renaissance. Then Xavi meets a handsome young man who isn’t all he seems, and that’s when things begin to get even more complicated…
I read Chris Quiton’s Fools Odyssey trilogy some time ago but it’s one of my favourite paranormal stories so I decided to revisit it again when Prism wanted to do a series of reviews for Halloween this year. I don’t tend to read horror or scary stories but I do like my vampires, add in an intriguing mystery and I’m hooked.
The trilogy starts with Fool’s Errand, this is a tense, sensual, rollercoaster of a story with protected witness Xavier trying to remain in control of his life, and his feelings, as he comes to the realisation that he needs, craves, the kind of control and guidance Andreas, his Vampire protector, can provide, not just in protecting him while the hunt continues for Sophia’s killer, but afterwards. The conflict between the two men leaps of the pages, and all this is wrapped up in a story that introduces a world that defies the word ‘normal’. A world in which Vampires are recognised and accepted (albeit reluctantly.
The next book, Fool’s Oath concentrates more on the commitment (call it romance, but not in a traditional way) between the newly born vampire Xavier, and Andreas. Xavier finds out exactly what it like to live as a Vampire and it shatters him to his very core, leaving Andreas to pull him back and show him the life they can have, if Xavier wants it.
That brings us to book 3, Fools Rush, which starts up immediately where Fool’s Oath finished with Xavier, bored and restless, still trying to define the limits in his relationship with Andreas, and Andreas, walking a tightrope between Renaissance, the small vampire community of Cataluna, unhappy at the publicity caused by the gold found in the crypt of San Pedro-by-the-Wall, and his duties to everyone else, including Xavier. Whilst tensions abound all around Xavier is tasked with investigating the origins of the gold, which leads directly into a plot to stir up trouble between humans and vampires.
Chris Quinton has the ability to write complex plot driven stories that literally flow from one page to the next. Events interweaving, but never complicating the story, and she is at her most masterful with Fool’s Rush. The third book in the Fool’s Odyssey trilogy pulls all the threads together and sets a fast and furious pace through the streets of Barcelona and Renaissance.
I loved Xavier, from his street origins and behaviour in Fool’s Errand, his tortured control and despair in Fool’s Oath, to his growth in Fool’s Rush Xavier comes over as a sensual creature, like a magnificent stealthy cat, he’s beautiful and dangerous, the perfect companion to Andreas. Andreas is more enigmatic, more distant and controlled, but he is also a wonderfully drawn character. I’d love to read more books about these two men and the world Chris have created.
One of my favourite quotes form the story which shows how beautifully Chris Quinton writes is from the final pages ‘Xavi was addicted, and he knew it. More, he didn’t give a fuck. Every time Andreas kissed him, whether it was a light, almost chaste embrace, or in a devouring passion, it was with total concentration. As if Xavi were air and nourishment and all the necessities of life in one package, and it never failed to send him sky-high on a rising crest of giddy delight’
I adored all three books, reading them as one story. I found the pacing perfect, the plot complex and riveting, the characters compelling and the ending satisfying with a twist I didn’t see coming. I can’t recommend this series highly enough.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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