Author: E. Jade Lomax
Year Published: 2015
For a book about Jack the Giant Killer, there is an absolute lack of giants in this book. 😉
But I knew that going in.
E. Jade Lomax is the author of those little AU fics (mostly Harry Potter) that you see on Tumblr: Harry is a squib, Neville is the Boy-Who-Lived, my favorite of her “In Defense of-” series, Hannah Abbot, and many, many others. So, since I loved those, I was pretty sure I’d like this book too.
The story follows four unlikely people, paired together as a study group, who end up becoming friends and partners.
Jack Farris – the titular Beanstalk (a nickname given to him by his brothers), a seventh son of a seventh son, Jack, as the back cover says, just wants to save people.
Laney Jones – Laney. What can I say about Laney? I love Laney. She’s so fierce and determined, and if life doesn’t give her what she wants, then she’ll reach out with both hands and grab it.
S. Gray – Gray. Gray is awesome. Gray slots into my “grumpy character with a heart of gold” place in this universe. I love that he is so dedicated to his books, to knowing everything, but all of the secrets that come out of him feel natural.
Rupert Willington Jons Hammersfield the Seventh – it took about three pages for me to realize that Rupert was not going to be the sheltered, stuck-up “rich guy” – he might prefer things to be orderly, but he’s got experience enough to actually lead their little band of misfits.
The novel doesn’t have one huge, over-arching plot to it – in many ways, it feels like a collection of the author’s little shorts all put together. They tie in together, and build on each other, but the biggest arc you get is that they become a team, and no matter what stupid decision one (*cough*Jack*cough*) makes, the others are going to see it through with them.
Since there isn’t one big plot, it makes it easier in some ways to read, as you can put it down after a chapter or two and not be in the middle of something, but it does make it harder to sit down and enjoy in one fell swoop. (The stories become a lot more interwoven the closer to the end it gets, and that’s when you can get your full-on read going.)
A minor note – as this is a self-published work, there are places that could stand a little bit more editing (a couple of sentences that you can tell were merged from two different ones, a couple of minor grammar things), and the actual book version could stand a bit more gutter space, as the book comes in at a hefty 591 and it’s hard to read portions of it without cracking the spine. But, those are minor issues. (Also, as this book is self-pubbed, it’s available for free as an e-book from the author’s website, and you can purchase an actual paper copy there as well.)
I’m ranking this a solid 4/5, and can’t wait for Echoes of a Giantkiller to get to me.