Friday, March 15, 2013

Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow by Andrew Fish

Traveling back in time sounds interesting, doesn't it?  Would you do it in a privy like Erasmus does?

Harper Collins sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with the various estores for a copy.

Eramus' name caught my eye right off.  I'm very fond of this saying: When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. (Desiderius Erasmus)  

The Erasmus in this story is a history teacher who wants to find out just what the historical truth is.  He intends to travel back in time and visit certain time periods to get a better handle on history.  If only it turned out that way for him, it would have been an easier quest.

The first visit he makes puts him in an empty village.  As he wanders the streets wondering why, he hears a horse and soldiers coming.  He should have hidden.  But how is he to know Godiva is coming to the village?  A fast escape is his best hope of survival.

You'd think he's learn from that but no...  Now he decides to go back and see if Robin Hood really stole from the rich and gave it to the poor.  Thus begins a big adventure that he never meant to undertake.  He ends up on the run and his privy has been taken hostage and he might not make it out alive.  Poor Erasmus.  I bet he never thought history would be so exciting.

I really enjoyed this fantasy.  There's a lot action, it offers a close look at medieval life, and there's a bit of romance in the background.  Some of Erasmus' adventures will make you laugh; some will make you groan because he's so dumb.  But you'll find yourself caring about him and hoping he can save himself.  He's a fun character and I wouldn't mind reading about him again.  Why don't you get in the privy with him and take a ride into the past?

Happy reading. 

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