[New in Review] A Fool’s Errand

Author: Maureen Fergus

Publisher: Penguin Books

  • Imprint: RazOrbill Canada

Date Published: October 2013

Format: Advance Reader Copy

Source: Received from the publisher


More action. More romance. More intrigue. Get ready to dive into the exciting follow-up to The Gypsy King!

In the final moments of The Gypsy King, a truth was revealed to Persephone and Azriel – one that could change everything forever. For her. For him. For them. For the entire kingdom.

But trapped in a windowless castle chamber with soldiers battering at the door, it seems impossible to believe that they’ll even survive. Indeed, they are a heartbeat from death when Azriel boldly bargains with the Regent Mordecai: release them and they will seek out the mythical healing Pool of Genezing. Mordecai agrees but warns that if they do not return with proof that the pool exists, he’ll make those dearest to them suffer – and he’ll start with King Finnius.

Persephone has never needed Azriel’s teasing warmth as much as she needs it now, but she is finding out there is a price to pay for having broken past promises. Together, they set off on a journey that will take them into the farthest corners of the kingdom.Danger will ever lie ahead and behind them; they will battle men and beasts alike. Will Persephone and Azriel survive these perils? And will this quest see their romance grow cold – or will it burn hotter than ever?

Number of Days It Took to Read: 4


I liked this cover it was a greater improvement from the copy of The Gypsy King.


The Writing Score: 3.5 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


While it took me awhile to really get into The Gypsy King, I didn’t have the same issue with A Fool’s Errand. The plot and story were very interesting, and Fergus has really grown as a storyteller from her previous book, The Gypsy King. A Fool’s Errand was an even more thrilling read with an even bigger cliffhanger ending that left me dying for the next book to come out.

A Fool’s Errand was also a quick read although there was so much more stories packed into it. I liked how Persephone really came into her own in this book. She really grew as a person and I love how independent she was while at the same time still be caring towards those she holds dear. Speaking of people she held dear, I really enjoy the developments and progress in the relationship between Persephone and Azriel. As we get to see them interact more with each other in this book, it becomes clear that they are a good fit. Still it is Persephone’s relationship with her brother that I truly enjoyed reading about, even though they are not together for most of the book it is partly her love for her brother which leads her to make the journey to find the Pool of Genezing.

As mentioned before in my review of The Gypsy King, I absolutely adored the animal characters in the book and that is one thing that hasn’t changed while reading A Fool’s Errand. The animals here are even funnier and more loyal to Persephone that they endeared themselves to me even though I’m not much of an animal lover in real life. I really enjoyed the setting and the world building in this book especially learning more about the gypsy culture, mythology and their way of life.

Overall Fergus has done a great job with this book; I really started to care more about what happens to the main characters which is a good sign. A Fool’s Errand was a thrilling, emotional rollercoaster ride of a novel which made it a very strong follow-up novel to its predecessor, The Gypsy King. I look forward to reading the final book in this young adult fantasy trilogy by Maureen Fergus.

– Linh

The opinions expressed in this review are my own; I did not receive any compensation in exchange for this review. I am currently accepting young adult fiction and adult fiction books that have a crossover appeal to young adults for review. If you have any questions or would like for me to review your book feel free to email me at lxlnguyen21@yahoo.ca.

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