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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Timothy Rags, or Taylor as he liked to be called, is a detective. He’s on a sabbatical of sorts, imposed by his employers. He’s been sent to de-stress in a tiny village, Kipper’s Cove. Stumbling out of a storm into a quaint store, he discovers a book which the owner, Samuel, lends him. Back at his lodgings, Taylor immerses himself in the book and finds himself swept into another world, another time, in a tiny village called Thyme on the river Thymes. And Samuel’s there too, as is the lovely landlady’s daughter, Ms. Gibson. The year is now 1712, about three hundred years before Taylor’s time, and the Samuel and Ms. Gibson of this century share the story of an adventure filled with the power of music and the power of the written word, a story that makes the reader believe they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole with Alice, or flown off with the fairy Tinkerbell to Never-Never Land. The reader is certainly presented with a tale full of wonder and extraordinary events, extraordinary people and creatures, and extraordinary places.
With an evil witch set to steal all of the stories and a child who escapes her evil ways to become a magical piper capable of weaving musical spells, G. Gene Black’s debut fantasy, Piper, exudes charm, adventure, and the magic and power of both music and the written word. The story takes the reader through a myriad of plots and sub-plots with expertise and grace. This story is a real classic, one to capture the hearts of young and old alike for generations.