The Vagabond’s Son: Prelude to a Legacy
Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (02/15)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Vagabond’s Son: Prelude to a Legacy’ By L.F. Falconer on Blogcritics.
I have always steered away from epic fantasy novels because I do not enjoy complex languages, often made up by the authors. My mind does not enjoy trying to translate fantasy while I am reading. “The Vagabond’s Son” by L.F. Falconer took me by storm. I was so engrossed in this book that I literally could not put it down.
Adalanto is the son of a vagabond, which is basically a scavenger that is not respected in society. Adalanto’s mother was traded for gru (alcohol) by his father when he was very young. His father was more focused on getting his gru than on being there for his son and teaching him how to be a man. Instead, Adalanto was taught that women are good for one thing only, implying sex. While Adalanto grew up, he was abused, witnessed his father masturbating, drinking heavily and often went without food and clothing. All of this dysfunction leads Adalanto to run away at around ten years old. This novel tells Adalanto’s riveting, emotionally devastating story.
Falconer’s writing was surprisingly easy for me to follow. I was captured by the heart of Adalanto even in the circumstances that haunted him throughout his story. There is a warning at the beginning of the book that this is not a “light-hearted” fantasy and I agree. There are sexual situations that are only suitable for a mature reader.
The cover is beautiful and allowed me to visualize what Adalanto looked like throughout the book. “The Vagabond’s Son” is edited wonderfully and I am beyond excited to see what Falconer writes next, as this is a prequel. The way Falconer weaves dysfunction, misery, sorrow and even sex is just seamless. I am so happy I went in reading this book with an open mind. I highly recommend “The Vagabond’s Son” by L.F. Falconer to lovers of the fantasy genre. I could easily see this book on the big screen. It is just that exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. Five stars.