The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace is an extremely well written, dark fairy tale quality novel for adults. It is filled with brilliant imagination, relationships, magic, love, loss, and the soul of a story that only great writers can accomplish.
“From the celebrated author of Big Fish comes an imaginative, moving novel about two sisters, their dark legacy, and the magical town that entwines them.
Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naïve—and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn’t possibly survive on her own . . . or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down. In this new novel, Southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore made memorable in his bestselling novel Big Fish. Wildly inventive and beautifully written, The Kings and Queens of Roam i s a big-hearted tale of family and the ties that bind.” – The Kings and Queens of Roam
The Kings and Queens of Roam is a beautifully crafted novel. It held my interest from just reading the first few pages, and never let go. Daniel Wallace constructs his stories in such a way that you become immersed in the world with the characters. It is truly the type of book that takes you on memorable adventure.
I really enjoyed the magical and dark aspects to the story, especially since it was a bit unexpected in the world that it was created for. The characters, especially the sisters Helen and Rachel, are extremely well developed, and drive the book to being the magical masterpiece that it is.
I am not putting any spoilers in this review because it is just too good to ruin it for you when you read it. Some plots are a little bit obvious, but many will shock you. I highly recommend this to be one of the books you read next.
* Thank you to the publisher of The Kings and Queens of Roam, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.