Reva’s Quest by Sue Perkins
Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Snapdragon
Reva and her garden gnome arrive in Fey to fight the evil, Malice. Joined by three quest companions, they travel across the land to Malice’s lair. Only Reva can rid the world of Malice, but their journey brings danger, and she wonders if she will survive. Malice’s evil has invaded many of the animals and these beasts try to stop them reaching their goal. One of the companions begins to act strangely, and Reva must consider the possibility of a traitor in their midst.
Reva’s Quest by Sue Perkins intrigues and entertains. Unexpectedly, what seemed a light setting with fluff for characters -- after all, one of Reva’s companions is a garden gnome -- actually presents a thoroughly engaging plot, and believable, surprisingly meaningful characters.
The world Ms. Perkins created ensnares and leaves us forgetting to doubt reality. Grumpy Gareth, an actual griffon, the elves ... those into fantasy will delight in the array of creatures they find here, and how completely perfect they are in their roles. And Reva’s knight in shining armor seems exactly right. From the first moment we meet him, we start worrying about how she’ll feel about going home eventually. And will she?
Complaints? Early on, this world’s conversations seem stilted, and it takes a few pages for this work to really find its rhythm. It’s worth getting past those first couple pages. Once through the portal we truly arrive in a different world andstory.
Best: Reva makes friends and experiences a trove a heartfelt emotions, and we are right there with her.
Reva’s Quest is fun and engaging and so worth reading.