Author: Fredrick Brouneus
Genre: urban fantasy
Price: $5.99 (ebook) / $11.62 (paperback)
Publisher: Steam Press
Reviewed by: Chris Gerrib
There are three questions that have been on mankind’s FAQ list since the dawn of time, namely:
1) Is this edible?
2) Would you care to breed?
3) What happens when we die?
In Fredrik Brouneus’ book The Prince of Soul and the Lighthouse, an 18-year-old boy, George Larson, gets tasked with solving question #3. This is a problem, because like all other 18-year-old boys, he’s much more interested in the answers to questions #1 and #2.
The Prince of Soul, published by a Steam Press, a small New Zealand publisher, is an entertaining romp through New Zealand’s South Island. In this romp, George, helped by his recently-deceased grandfather and a Finnish exchange student he’s got the hots for, George is tasked with finding a lighthouse for souls that he (George) hid. Alas, George has no memory of hiding anything. Complicating matters further, several of the people he’s dealing with are not what they seem.
Brouneus is Swedish, but living in New Zealand, and this is his first English novel. I found the book an amusing read, and, having been an 18-year-old boy once, I found the narrator / hero George especially believable. But you could say that of all the characters in this well-crafted book. I also liked the creative use of illustrations in my ebook edition. In short, I can highly recommend The Prince of Soul.