What an amazing and magical world Gregory Funaro has created. If you like steam punk or fantasy with a little King Arthur mythology thrown in, keep reading!
When Grubb, an orphan and runaway chimney sweep, entered the wondrous world of the Odditorium, his life changed forever. Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel’s strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as all of England is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium’s power source for himself.
With the evil prince hot on their trail, Grim, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium’s crew embark on a perilous adventure to find the legendary sword Excalibur: the only weapon capable of penetrating Nightshade’s magical suit of armor. As expected, their quest turns out to be anything but ordinary. Not only can the Odditorium fly, but it can also swim! And so the crew battens down the hatches and sets off on an underwater voyage to the otherworldly realm of Avalon, home to Excalibur. Along the way, they must battle a banshee assassin, sea monsters, and a witch who seeks revenge on Alistair Grim for stealing her magical objects.
But that’s not all. Unbeknownst to Grubb and the others, their fate has been written in an ancient Avalonian prophecy-a prophecy that holds the key to a destiny not even Alistair Grim could have imagined.
Length: 448 Pages
Release Date: January 5, 2016
About the Author:
Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, “The Ghost in the Window,”in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. Following high school, Greg majored in theatre at the University of New Hampshire and, after various acting gigs, received his AM in theatre arts from Brown University and an MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Greg teaches drama at East Carolina University and is busy working on the next book in the Odditorium series.
If you have already read the first book in the Odditorium series (Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum is the second), you already know what a master story-teller Gregory Funaro is.
I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t yet read it, but that will change in the near future. Luckily for me, whether you have read Alistair Grim’s Odditorium yet or not, you will have no problem getting into the Odd Aquaticum. Funaro makes sure to catch you up on exactly what info you need for the story to make sense.
A mixture of steam punk and fantasy, Gregory Funaro transports you to another time and place–one where anything is possible, as long you have a little magic (or a lot of magic) and aren’t afraid to die. With twists and turns every step of the way, Funaro had me turning page after page, not wanting to stop. I especially loved that he brought in King Arthur/Lady of the Lake mythology. No one is who they appear to be in this book, making it far from predictable.
And, oh my gosh, those illustrations. BEAUTIFUL. Every time I turned a page and found a new illustration, I would get so excited.
This book is written for 8-12 year olds, but I would recommend it to readers of all ages and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
There is no vulgarity, sexuality, or graphic violence. Thank goodness, since it’s a children’s book!
Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum is available both digitally and in hardback. You can purchase it by clicking the image below.