Fools Errant by Matthew Hughes

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Filidor Vesh, the prodigal nephew and sole heir to the all-powerful Archonate, is sent on an errand: to track down his traveling uncle and deliver unto him a small wooden box. His companion is a wizened and mysterious dwarf who hustles him off down the trail of his elusive patriarch.

The adventuring duo encounters all manner of bizarre and extreme societies, as well as angry mobs, a menacing wizard, and other dangerous species of vermin. They are inventively equipped with a device called a "traveler's aid" -- a walking staff engineered to function like something between a deluxe Swiss Army knife and Batman's utility belt.

Fools Errant is a wonderfully strange and funny first novel from Canadian speechwriter and author Matthew Hughes. It's full of witty dialogue, memorable characters, wry observations and a hilarious marbling of absurd morality fables, where expectations are dashed and lessons are turned on their heads. (Peter Russo)


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Matthew Hughes is a lecturer in modern world history at University College, Northampton, England. He is the author of "1915: The Lines are Drawn." He lives in London.
Published January 30, 2013 by Matthew Hughes. 234 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Combining many of the elements of a good fantasy (quest, magic, strange lands and memorable characters), Hughes's rollicking debut details the coming-of-age of young Filidor Vesh, nephew to the Archon of Old Earth.

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