A word with nine letters describes this book best……..brilliant!! I have not had the pleasure of reading any of Tim Roux’s work before but I will be making an effort to read more of it in the future. Roux is a very skilled writer. I did not want to put this book down. It is a different kind of book but in the best possible use of the word. Honestly, I would like to leave my review at ‘brilliant’ but I guess I had better try and put together a little something more. Please be warned, this in no way will do justice to the works of Roux.
Missio’s main character is Stevie Francis. Now, Stevie develops a gift of being able to see into the future. Sometimes this ‘gift’ is most unpleasant. A great character by the name of The Great Macaroni aids in Stevie’s development of said gift, but he also teaches much more. The Great Macaroni dabbles in trickery and helps Stevie to understand that nothing in this world is as it appears. This alone set my interest sky-rocketing because I tend to believe in these things myself. A lot of Missio made sense to me and I guess this is why it appealed so much to my literary inner self.
I won’t give away anything about the story, you will have to read it yourself – and I suggest you do! I will say there are quite a few ‘interesting’ characters in Missio, each reaffirming the talent of Mr Roux. Felicio the cat is an absolute favourite of mine, as is The Hanging Judge. The recipe for Missio is clearly full of well thought out imaginings, engaging characters and a plethora of intelligent and creative words combined together to make the end result of a brilliant piece of work. This recipe definitely makes me want to go back for another serving of Roux!
A big thank you to Tim Roux for providing me with a copy of Missio, without doubt one of the best books I have read this year. Thank you, Tim! I look forward to reading more of you work in the future.
To read the blurb for Missio click here