Hello everybody! Today, I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour for Mort the Meek and the Monstrous Quest, with my review. I did an interview with Rachel around the time the first book was released as well, and if you’d like to read that you can do so here. Onto the post!
This picks up a good bit after where we left Mort in the last book, after his father and younger siblings have been lost at sea and then the cruel queen of Brutalia, an island every bit as nasty as the name suggests, announces that she is descended from gods. She sets Brutalians a quest to venture out into the treacherous Salty Sea to find her some treasure, which Mort decides to use as an opportunity to find his family.
First off, the narrative style in these books is so unique and wonderfully entertaining; it’s like having a very self-aware storyteller narrate events for you, and the little footnotes and jokes they make add a lot of humour to the book. The dancing lobsters at the beginning of every chapter gave me the giggles literally every time they appeared, and the dialogue often made me laugh too, especially the scene with Tar Jibet. Oh, and Mort’s mum battling with the neighbours had me CACKLING (if you know me, you’ll know why 👀).
The main characters are all so endearing, and I especially enjoyed Punky’s arc throughout the story, although I obviously also love Mort and have a real soft spot for his best friend Weed. And the queen is a fantastic villain who manages to be both comical and genuinely quite frightening at the same time.
I also think this book does a great job of tackling big themes like pacifism and kindness to others in a brilliant way, while also being a humourous, lighthearted joy to read. I would love to see Mort and his friends/family again, but if this is a duology, it ends in a very satisfying way and I’m super excited to read other things from Rachel in the future (starting with her upcoming middle grade the Day of the Whale, which sounds INCREDIBLE!).
Thank you so much for reading! Are you a fan of this series? If not, are you planning to read these books? And do you enjoy dark comedy? I’d love to hear in the comments!
2 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: Mort the Meek and the Monstrous Quest”
OK, you just sold me on this series. The humour sounds just up my street, or road. Great review, and fun too, which is just how they should be and how this book seems.
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Oh that’s so lovely to hear!! I really hope you enjoy them ❤❤
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