Review: Few Are Chosen by M T McGuire

Title: Few Are Chosen (K’Barth Trilogy #1)

Author: M T McGuire

Published: Hamgee University Press Sept 2010

Sypnosis: The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K’Barth who aren’t out to get him it’s just that, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive — getaway driving.  As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K’Barth’s despot ruler.  Unwillingly The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But when he is faced with a stark moral dilemma will his new found integrity stick? Can he stop running?

Status: Read from February 23 to 25, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

This is not the sort of book I would usually read but I was amused by the sample chapter supplied by the author. It’s a chance I am glad I took because this quirky piece of fantasy adventure fiction was a lot of fun.
The Pan of Hamgee is a fugitive on K’Barth, blacklisted by the Gronglians who are taking over his world,he has a special knack for getting into trouble. When he accidently burns down a local thug’s apartment block he is blackmailed into using his skill as getaway driver. For The Pan, who has managed to stay on the run longer than any other GBI (government blacklisted indiviual)his role in Big Merv’s crew is both a Niminism blessing and a Grongolian curse.
The Pan is very likeable, he has an artless charm and endearing lack of self esteem. He is convinced its cowardice and luck that has allowed him to outmaneuver those pursing him, rather than taking credit for his skills and sense. I enjoyed his spirit of adventure and determination as well the sense of fun McGuire has infused him with
Despite the physical oddities of McGuire’s characters, Grongrolians have green skin and Big Merv is an orange Swamp Thing, they have human traits which are easy to relate to. One of the things I struggle with in this genre are books where the setting, history, technology, character descriptions etc., require or are given, extensive detailing. K’Barth may be an alien world, but what is ‘other’ is intergrated neatly into the plot. For me, this grounds the story so that the characters and events are the main focus of the tale.
The pacing is good, there is plenty of action, though I feel the plot could have been tightened a little more to maintain impetus in the middle. The style is fluid and comfortable with neglible copyedit errors.
As I don’t read a lot in this genre, I can’t compare Few Are Chosen to a similar title but I think anyone who enjoys a humourous fantasy adventure that includes a magic thimble, a [flying and submersible] car chase and a pair of concrete boots will appreciate this debut of the K’Barthan Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading McGuire’s sequel.

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About the Author

M T McGuire grew up on a windy down and has been trying to write a novel since the age of about 5. At 42 this author still tends to look for Narnia in hotel wardrobes. That’s probably all you need to know.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 19:27:09

    Glad you enjoyed it too. It’s not my usual reading either but it has a real sense of fun about it which I think made it really accessible.



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  3. Christopher
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 01:39:58

    Nice review. MT has written a fun book. I read it a while back and am definitely looking forward to the sequel.



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