A Recipe for Disaster by Ardyth DeBruyn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A recipe for disaster indeed.
Cal, the magician's apprentice, decides to do a little freelancing without permission. All he wants to do is take the girl of his dreams to the ball. But that requires money, lots of it.
When a stranger arrives at the magician's door asking for a disaster spell, Cal decides to take the task himself on the QT. Seems a simple thing, he thinks. Well, it doesn't go well. In fact, the results are disastrous.
This isn't just Cal's story though. It involves a prince who overeats to compensate for his overbearing mother, a princess who has zero interest in marrying the chunky prince, an adviser who thinks HE should be the next kind, and lots and lots of rats. Oh, don't forget the green goo.
This is a rollicking good fun story for anybody who likes their fantasy funny and fast. It reminds me of the Xanth books by Piers Anthony.
I recommend it, along with the rest of Ardyth DeBruyn's books. Look her up on Amazon. Her "A School for Villains" (first in a the Dark Lord's Academy series) is just as much fun. A big bonus with DeBruyn's books are the illustrations for chapter headings (as well as the covers).
Any downsides? Nope.
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