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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Indie Book Review: The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady (The King Henry Tapes #1) by Richard Raley

Author: Richard Raley
Series: The King Henry Tapes
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: August 29, 2011
Pages: 238
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Humor











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Synopsis from Goodreads

King Henry Price is fourteen, he loves everything he's not supposed to and hates everything he's supposed to. One day after his usual hour of detention he comes home to find an enigmatic woman named Ceinwyn Dale sitting in his kitchen, telling his parents lies about a special reform school. What she tells King Henry is different, she tells him he’s a mancer, a Geomancer to be exact, that he’s special, one in million maybe. She sure ain’t a fairy giant and King Henry sure as hell ain’t Harry Potter, but why not? Got to be better than the life he’s already got.

King Henry Price is twenty-two, a recent graduate of the Asylum as an Artificer. With the special ability to create lasting items of the Mancy, he’s spurned the Artificer’s Guild and struck out on his own to found an Artificer workshop looking to do things his way. One night, a vampire baroness claiming she’s named Anne Boleyn walks into his shop, telling King Henry he’s going to help her, and she’s not taking 'no' for an answer. King Henry is pretty sure the whole name thing is just a joke, but only pretty sure…

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     The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady is about a fourteen year old kid named King Henry Price. Oh, I know. And just like the original King Henry, this King Henry has quite the rep. He curses so much he puts sailors to shame, acts like a dog in heat when it comes to girls and steals anything he can fit in his backpack. King Henry and his family get a visit from a woman named Ceinwyn Dale. She tells his parents about a special school that can help King Henry. His parents jump on this lie and want King Henry to take the opportunity. The school is special, but it is for kids with very special powers. Mancers. There are all types of mancers and King Henry might just be a Geomancer, who are rare and very powerful. And he might be the most powerful one.

      After years of training, he is grown up and thought he was done with the Asylum for the most part. Until he gets a visit from a vampire who says she is the Anne Boleyn and needs King Henry's help to find an artifact. King Henry thinks she is nuts and doesn't want to give his help up easily. He knows he is being played with, but is it by Annie B. or Ceinwyn. King Henry doesn't like being a pawn.

      Man, what a story this was. Raley says this is Harry Potter meets Pulp Fiction. That pretty much nails it. This isn't a story for young adults though. It is pretty raunchy and bloody and a whole lot of fun.

       King Henry isn't the typical hero. He has an attitude, says whatever is on his mind, disrespectful, selfish, but you still root for him. He has a heart, it is just buried under a bunch of other crap. You have his mentor Ceinwyn who you aren't sure you should trust. She is an Aeromancer, she can control the air. But there are times when you see that she cares for King Henry and she knows how to put up with his tantrums. Annie B. was a sex-crazed nutcase and she was scary. But I love the push-and-pull between her and King Henry. They definitely had chemistry even when King Henry was trying to save himself and his manhood.

      I love this story so much. This is definitely something very new and fresh. I love the idea of Mancers, so many different kinds that can control all sorts of elements. It does remind me a bit of the X-Men.The Mancers use different elements  to pool their power, or what they call anima. This is very powerful and most can't handle it, except for King Henry which is why he is so popular. Raley did such a great job with this concept. I also love that Raley added his spin to vampires. They aren't humans who were turned or born that way. Instead, vampires are actual blood creatures. They use humans as a host and can shape themselves into weapons. I love that! God, that is brilliant!

     I love how this became a little like Indiana Jones just with ancient vampires. King Henry has to find a weapon that uses so much anima that is creates earthquakes. It is impossible for an object to hold so much power and it all the more reason why King Henry needs to find it. Someone with that kind of power can destroy the world.

     This book truly took me by surprise. It was so unique and hilarious. I laughed so hard, I had tears. I love the idea of King Henry recollecting all he knows through videotapes for the Asylum. This would make a very fun TV series. I would love that. It is action packed and surprisingly heartfelt at times. Of course, it doesn't last long because King Henry has the tendency to ruin it. If you are looking for a different supernatural story that is full of laughs and action, look no further, it is right here. Richard Raley, thank you for your creativeness. Check this out today, it is only $0.99!

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1 comment:

  1. Love the cover and i agree, the idea of Mancers is fresh and exciting.

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