"A whimsical and witty romantic fantasy"
Gregory Gallowglass and his finance Alouette are
meditating in their own private chambers. She sees a thick
mist near a river that is the gateway for men and monsters
to enter and kill Gramarye's population. Gregory, a
telepath as strong as Alouette, peeks into the mist and
comes to the conclusion that she had a foreseeing. They
make arrangements to find out what is going on and put a
stop to it.
Gregory's brother Geoffrey and Prince Alain, the heir
to the throne, follow them. Behind the latter duo are the
fiancees of Geoffrey and Alain, Quicksilver and Cordelia
Gallowglass. When Alouette gets separated from the group,
she finds and teams up with Quicksilver and Cordelia who
are following the men in case they need help. Both groups
are beset every step of the way by supernatural creatures
who try to harm them or scare them to death. Everyone
agrees there are too many monsters in one small
concentrated area. They believe somebody is creating them
and that someone must be stopped if they can ever find him.
While the quest is a very serious undertaking, the
characters speak in puns, which constantly catches
the reader off guard and leaves the audience off balance
even when the approach is fully recognized. The tone of
HERE BE MONSTER is akin to the Xanth books by Piers
Anthony, making it a delightfully amusing fantasy romp.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 19, 2001