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One for the Morning Glory by John Barnes

One for the Morning Glory (original 1996; edition 1996)

by John Barnes

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"It is said (by whom, we are not certain) that a child who tastes the Wine of the Gods too early is only half a person afterwards. Young Prince Amatus learned all too well the bitter truth of that ancient saying when he secretly sipped the forbidden elixir, leaving him literally half the lad he'd once been - not just a figure of speech; indeed, his left side vanished without a trace." "His father, the fierce but fair King Boniface, was (only a figure of speech in this instance) beside himself, and the royal retainers responsible for the mishap were punished severely, leaving the young prince entirely without protectors. But a year and a day later, four mysterious strangers appeared to take their places. And since a year and a day is an auspicious time in tales of this sort, it was clear to the King that Great Matters Were Afoot." "There were whispers that these odd outlanders were not what they seemed, and King Boniface had many misgivings, but at last he relented - just as well, or there would be no tale to tell. As Amatus grew to manhood, the four Companions helped him cope with his curious curse and guided him on a perilous quest to discover his true destiny - and, of course, excitement, danger, tragedy, triumph, and true love."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
Title:One for the Morning Glory
Authors:John Barnes
Info:Tor Books (1996), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:fantasy, weirdfiction, read 2006

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One For The Morning Glory by John Barnes (1996)



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This is more of a fairy tale/quest tale. If you don't love fantasy, you probably won't like it. But I do love fantasy, so here it is. All of the required elements are present and accounted for. Heroic prince (or, at least, half of one)? Check. Loyal companions? Check. Do the loyal companions have mysterious backgrounds? Check. A little bit of romance? Check. Seemingly impossible tasks that require great sacrifice? Check. It's all here, but don't get the idea that it's a retelling of every other fairy tale known to man. It's well-written and different enough to make it well worth the read. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Apr 3, 2013 |
I'm not often all that excited about epic or high fantasy, but I loved this book! Reminiscent of The Princess Bride and Stardust, quirky, beautiful, and tender. I have a full review at my blog:

http://greenwoman.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/recommended-reading-one-for-the-morni... ( )
  MichelleSimkins | Dec 6, 2009 |
Charming fantasy novel. Has all the proper cliches, and the characters calmly point them out. A lot of fun with language: 'she had realized that her friend was a force in the world like wind, truth, gravity, or levity.' They also eat piecemeal biscuits. While all the upfront foolishness is taking place, I was still was swept up in the story and the characters. ( )
  mulliner | Sep 20, 2009 |
It started out as an amusing adult fairy tale. Somewhat akin to The Princess Bride, but with edgier humor. The last quarter or so of the book, however, just withered away. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 20, 2008 |
Kind of a hard-to-categorize book... as a fantasy, it drifts between grown-up fairy tale and more "serious-minded" epic, with a liberal dash of Princess Bride-style humor. At the end, you're left with a lot of questions, but they aren't necessarily bad ones. ( )
  selfnoise | Apr 16, 2006 |
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