Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: Another Faust

Another Faust
Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I didn’t know that the whole “making a deal with the devil” was known as a “Faustian Bargain”. In this story there are five kids who disappear from their homes and families to turn up five years later as the Faust siblings at the Marlowe Academy. The Faust siblings appear to only have a Governess who bestows on them some unusual gifts.

These gifts allow the kids to excel in the area for which they ultimately sold their soul. There are manipulations and deceit throughout the story and these machinations do tend to get a bit tedious and slow the story considerably.

Outside of the length of this story, I did enjoy the premise and most of the characters. Those that really embraced their deal were shallow and not really fleshed out. Those that were able to get out of their deal were more realistic and fully realized characters.

There are two more books in this series and they are based on different stories…I plan to read them to see how the Peter Pan and Jeckyl/Hyde stories play out.

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