THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH by James Kennedy


Age Range: 10 - 14
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Kennedy’s debut sets a confused but game teenager down amidst a Monty Pythonesque cast that ranges from the titular Order of Knight-Scholars—dedicated to the study of all things pointless and speculative—to a corps of oversized, unutterably vain cockroach butlers. Thirteen years after being left on a doorstep with a cryptic note, Jo suddenly finds herself pursued from California to teeming Eldritch City, a pawn in the schemes of an undead creature of confusingly indeterminate nature and abilities. Why? Because Jo is the Ichthala, born with the vital component needed to bring The All-Devouring Mother back to universe-destroying existence. The author wastes this promising premise on an overstuffed tale frequently sidetracked by quirky characters, subplots, unexplained twists and random ruckuses. Any suspense is dispelled by, first, a popular local TV show that reveals all major plot developments, and second, a conveniently discovered letter from Jo’s lost father that explicitly describes what she needs to do to come out on top. This may find an audience, but probably not a young one. (Fantasy. 10-14 & adult)

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-385-73543-8
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008