I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orbit Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this brilliant book.
About the book:
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.
But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.
About the author:
H. G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, film and media studies.
Her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction and small press anthologies.
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry is every book lovers dream scenario. I mean, who wouldn’t want their favourite characters to come to life in front of them? Can you imagine sitting down for a conversation with (my favourite literary character of all time) Atticus Finch? Or to have the coveted Mr Darcy suddenly materialise in your living room?
For Charley Sutherland this book lovers dream is his reality. An ability he’s concealed from the world his entire life, unable to quite master control of the weird but wonderful power he’s been gifted with. His very normal brother Rob is hoping this secret ability will fade away with time, but if anything it appears to be growing even stronger.
But then it becomes apparent that there is someone else out there who shares Charley’s powers – and whoever it is isn’t using their gift for the good of the world. So Charley and the reluctant Rob need to summon up all of their strength to stop them before the world is destroyed. And that’s when the story really begins to get interesting…
I loved this book. Full of so many different characters from the world of literature, the author has managed to capture their voices to perfection. A perfect blend of reality versus literary characters, H.G. Parry has pitched this story just right. I won’t spoil which of the many wonderful and varied characters from the literary world are brought so vividly to life in this book, other than to mention the titular character Uriah Heep who of course makes an appearance, but suffice to say this avid reader was suitably enthralled!
Charley Sutherland is a character you can’t help but fall in love with, and I certainly did just that! And once I lost myself in the pages of this magical story, I couldn’t find my way out again until the final page had been turned. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is every bit as good as I expected it to be and more, taking me on a literary rollercoaster of a journey that had my head spinning.
H.G. Parry has written a unique and magical story that is every bibliophiles dream come true. A book I know I will go back to again and again. Highly recommended.
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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