Laura Whitcomb's The Fetch
- Did the plot make sense?
- Kept me interested?
- What about the characters?
- It had a good ending?
- Overall Rating
That’s so fetch! That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this book on sale at Chapters.
But when I saw the author, Laura Whitcomb, I knew I had to take it home even if I don’t believe in purchasing books anymore. Why? I can survive with the Calgary Public Library only, nice deal for book lovers on a budget: 20$ a year and you get access to infinite books and movies. Buying books? What a rip-off, especially if you are not sure if it’s going to be good. But let's be real, it has its limitations. What about indie books that are hard to find? That’s when I have to rely on my Kindle.
I only buy books that I love or that I know I will love; a process too complex to explain how it works. Laura Whitcomb has earned the right into that process with her well-crafted story A Certain Slant of Light.
The story is about Calder, a Fetch with a mission to escort souls from Earth to Heaven after death. Calder is young for a fetch and he doesn't remember his human life. One day Calder thinks he has met the love of his life, of course he doesn't use this words, and decides to cross to the human world to go after her just to find out that he is wrong. Calder uses a human body to come to Earth and realizes that the woman he thought he loved is Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II of Russia.
The story follows how Calder tries to save Anastasia and Alexander Romanov after “surviving” the massacre that killed the entire Russian royal family. And Calder develops a special bond with Ana and Alex. I enjoyed their journey although sometimes the narration was too fast and lost track what was happening. The characters have a long journey across the world to find the Fetch Key.
Ultimately Calder learns more about his own human story.
The part I loved the most was the end, it brings a good message about duty and doing the right thing. Rasputin is an important character in this book and every time I read about him I couldn't help to remember Alan Rickman (Professor Snape from Harry Potter) playing Rasputin. I think Whitcomb prose is strong and I overall I enjoyed her story. A solid four stars.
P.S. Yeah I get excited talking about the Calgary Public Library, I think it's one of the best things this city has. But I'm sure if you don't live in Calgary you still have a wonderful Library close to you. Use it!