‘High Fire’ is the latest book by Eoin Colfer.
Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him. An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke’s unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy’s reputation. Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp.
Fans of fantasy should definitely look into this book of crooked sheriffs, angry dragons as well as an unfortunate teenage boy.
When Squid witnesses a real life dragon with an attitude called Vern, his life changes in many ways as he adjusts to being a carer for the dragon as well protect himself and his mother from Sherriff Hook, a crooked police officer who is a bit obsessed with Squid’s mother. But when Hook witnesses Squid and Vern together, he’s determined to make life miserable for the fantastical creature and teenage boy.
This book is quite a colourful and fun story with reactive and complex characters that immediately stir a reaction in the book. Squid is the unfortunate hero in the story, a son of a single mother who works all hours to support them, he does odd jobs for all the unsavoury characters in the small swamp. He’s quick witted and resilient and quite the character that you instantly warm too. I loved Vern, an outspoken dragon with a love for the film ‘Flashdance’ as well as lust for Martini’s, he’s quick tempered with a sharp tongue who was not at all impressed with how dragons were portrayed in ‘Game of Thrones’. Hook was a malicious character, sexist with a terrible attitude, he’s instantly dislikeable and I found with each scene he was in, my skin crawled with loathing for him.
If you’re looking for something a bit to read I would certainly recommend this book, filled with fantasy and humour this book was a fascinating story. The dialogue was witty and the plot line was skilfully written with plenty of drama throughout. The array of characters in the book was equally good and I really did like Vern and his hate and distrust for humanity. The location of the book in the deep South of America was sweltering and claustrophobic and was a great setting for the story.
Weird with a capital W, this urban fantasy is a gothic tale set in a sweaty swamp with a host of intriguing characters. ‘HighFire’ is a joyously entertaining and vibrantly written off beat story, filled with witty one liners, ridiculous scenarios, it’s a fun read for people of all ages.
You can buy ‘High Fire’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 28th January 2020.