FitzDuncan's Fortune

The FitzDuncan Series Book 4

Fiction - Adventure
271 Pages
Reviewed on 07/05/2022
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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

Fitzduncan's Fortune by John J Spearman is an exhilarating story that takes place in Aquileia during the Middle Ages. The adventures of Casimir Fitzduncan continue when Fitzduncan becomes a target for assassin Aloysius Fenwick. Aloysius is hired by Fitzduncan’s stepmother to kill him, ensuring his stepbrothers would succeed their father, Duncan Barry, Earl of the Eastern March. Fitzduncan evades Aloysius and takes on a case which begins a new adventure and takes Fitzduncan across the ocean. He is also enlisted by Thomas whose inheritance is threatened by his uncle Robert Gibson who bribed Judge Spadewell. Fitzduncan returns to his fiancée, Lady Lucy Darling, only to discover that even more excitement awaits him when his father pays an unexpected visit with news that could change his entire future. Lucy and Casimir are to share their wedding with Freddy and his betrothed, Greta. As it is, in this novel, things don’t always go according to plan.

An absolute delight to read, Fitzduncan’s Fortune is filled with adventure, intrigue, and suspense. The interesting array of characters are all well-defined with some unusual characteristics and personalities including a butler who is on a mission to poison Fitzduncan. Author John J Spearman has a wonderful writing style, easy to follow, fast-paced and exciting. The scenes and locations are beautifully depicted and take the reader back in time to when life was a lot simpler but also tougher to survive, given the challenges of ocean voyages and invasion by enemies. Fitzduncan’s Fortune is a real page-turner and impossible to put down once started. I especially enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the way people lived before electricity, technology, and everything we take for granted. All round, a fantastic novel, highly recommended to people of all ages who enjoy thrilling stories. I look forward to the next installment of Casimir Fitzduncan’s adventures.

Maria Victoria Beltran

In The FitzDuncan Series Book 4, FitzDuncan's Fortune by John Spearman, the amazing adventures of Casimir FitzDuncan, the illegitimate son of the Earl of the Eastern March, continue. In less than three months, he is getting married to the beautiful and mysterious Lucy in a double wedding celebration with his aristocratic friends Freddy and Greta, and it promises to be a grand celebration. This does not stop him from taking on a new case, however, to protect the inheritance of Tom Gibson. The king of Aquileia also requests him to go on a treacherous expedition to the Southern Continent with the royal assassin and this has almost caused him to miss his own wedding. An unforeseen development at home also promises to change his life as he is confronted with sensitive personal matters.

John Spearman’s FitzDuncan's Fortune does not disappoint his readers. This time, the fascinating adventures of Casimir Duncan take us to exotic places with equally captivating characters. The author’s use of effective and descriptive mood and language is quite consistent and the story flows smoothly. Well structured, the plot runs fluidly and it allows the enigma to be revealed in a logical way. This is a book that engages readers in trying to piece together the threads of the narrative; so much so that it becomes an extremely delightful and easy read, even without knowing the previous stories. I look forward to the next book in this series to follow the breathtaking exploits of Casimir FitzDuncan!

K.C. Finn

FitzDuncan’s Fortune is a work of fiction in the adventure subgenre and serves as the fourth installment in the FitzDuncan series. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author John J Spearman. Casimir FitzDuncan continues his adventures, agreeing to assist someone protects their sizeable inheritance before being called by the royal court to join the king’s latest personal assassin on a deadly mission to another continent. This may cause Casimir to miss his wedding to Lady Lucy Darling.

This series has such delightful world-building with a wonderful take on light fantasy that feels like an unmissable breath of fresh air in a densely populated genre. Each new piece of information about the world feels wonderfully original and it creates an exciting backdrop for adventure. Author John J Spearman is now four books into the series and shows no signs of slowing down with a novel that pushes his memorable protagonist into new situations that develop the character even further and in some really interesting ways. One particular highlight of the story was the excellent fast pace at which the narrative unfolded. Just as FitzDuncan had jumped a hurdle, the plot had a new one for him to face which strings together to create an exciting and nimble tale. Overall, FitzDuncan’s Fortune is a refreshing take on the fantasy genre that spins an epic yarn with a dynamic leading character set against the backdrop of a gorgeously realized world. It’s an exciting read for all readers and I recommend it highly.