Wanderers and islanders by steve cockayne Review and Opinion

 

 

 

Wanderers and Islanders
Steve Cockayne
Orbit paperback £9.99

review by Ceri Jordan

Rusty Brown is an ordinary schoolboy, until the day a gypsy girl tells him one of her people's secrets, and he begins a search for something he can't quite define. Leonardo Pegasus is a successful magician, until the grey-suited forces of progress and his futile obsession with a mysterious young woman force him to seek his fortune on the road. Old soldier Victor Lazarus, in contrast, is coming to the end of a journey - and a job as caretaker of an ancient and mysterious house haunted by something that has big plans for him...
   Steve Cockayne's debut novel is a heady fusion of well-known fantasy tropes and the quiet oddness of everyday life, with a dash of social satire for good measure. The world he creates is strange and yet familiar, like one of your grandmother's reminiscences viewed through a distorting mirror. Gypsies and magicians rub shoulders with faceless bureaucrats and smalltown gossips, the most unlikely of legends turn out to be true, and the answers are only to be found by leaving ordinary, respectable society behind.
   As the first book in a saga, Wanderers And Islanders is eager not to give too much away. This means the book can be a little too mysterious for its own good, but the gentle, well-observed writing and the strange challenges facing the characters keep hooking you back in. It's always good to see a writer stretching the boundaries of the fantasy genre, and this absorbing, unusual volume bodes well for the rest of the series.

 


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