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Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite
Maygest's Tale by C. E. Cannery is a rollicking story that follows an eccentric and brilliantly developed protagonist, a great read for fans of adventure and epic fantasy. Maygest is an old thief who has had many ladies back in the day. He is a liar and a sweet talker, and people easily fall for his lies, which is one of the reasons he gets through tough and dangerous situations. When the kingdom of Osskrip is overrun by war, he has nothing left to live for, no one to steal from. So, he decides to rob a war camp, but he gets the surprise of a lifetime. He meets a son he never knew existed, and suddenly, there is something to live for. Maygest sets out on a quest that might change the fate of Osskrip, accompanied by his son, an adopted daughter, and an old friend. Pursued by the army for something Maygest stole, can they retrieve Hyella’s harp, the one that was said could bring eternal peace?
This is a humorously written story and I loved the characters. It is true that we need people like old Maygest to bring humor to life; he is a well-developed character and readers will enjoy following him. C. E. Cannery has exceptional storytelling skills and the descriptive style of writing is loaded with strong imagery and scenes that are vividly captured. Relationships are intelligently written and it is fun to follow the way the protagonist evolves with Noki, his son, and a Mend Eater. The adventure they take in pursuit of the mythical harp has a spiritual character that is skillfully written. The human condition in the war-ridden kingdom is well-written, from the captivating descriptions of the Mend Eaters to the army. Maygest’s Tale is fast-paced, a page-turning story filled with humor and gripping scenes; a tale of a man’s journey toward redemption.