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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Fluke Family Assassin by Robert A. G. Erickson is a YA fantasy novel with a sense of humor. In a raucous tale of the sea, quirky but well-meaning Maynerd Fluke Dumsted has to battle against the Demons of the Deep to save his shipmates from the doldrums, monsters of the deep. These monsters of the deep are headed by Maremar, who devises a plot to send Maynerd back to Luloo Land. Maynerd, however, has a plot of his own, as he has no intention of returning to Luloo Land. They are on board the Fyre Mayden, but the crew isn't the most intriguing thing about the book's opening--it's the two coffins holding the corpses of kings on the ship. How did they get on board? What does it have to do with Maynerd's destiny? A great drama with a healthy sense of humor awaits.
Even though this book is part of a series, I immediately got into the story and characters, and think it works as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the previous books for the full effect. Erickson has crafted an intricate, interesting tale of sea monsters and unique characters--not all human, but intriguing just the same, like the ghost gnome. What got my attention was that the characters have traits that don't seem too far removed from people you could know in your own life. Maynerd is a very likable character. His sense of humor is refreshing too. He has a lot on his plate, and it's entertaining to figure out how he will handle it all. The author's play on words is reminiscent of Austin Powers or JK Rowling. Fluke Family Assassin by Robert A. G. Erickson is a whimsical, dramatic adventure fit for young imaginations and those that are young at heart.