Hello and welcome to my review of Highfire by Eoin Colfer. This is Eoin’s first adult fantasy and I really hope its not the last as I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
“Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him…
An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke’s unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy’s reputation.
Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp…
For Squib Moreau, Regence Hooke and Vern, aka Lord Highfire of Highfire Eyrie, life is never going to be the same again.”
Well this was just brilliant, I had such a giggle the whole way through this. You can tell Eoin had some craic writing it, I’ve witnessed this mans humour in real life and I can tell you he genuinely is a funny so and so for sure and that humour is shining through in his book. There’s even a Princess bride reference thrown in “Inconceivable!!”
Squib the kid is just trying to make his way through life without getting into too much trouble but trouble always seems to find him and you cant get much more trouble than a dirty cop and a talking dragon wearing a Flashdance t-shirt! I mean that pretty much says it all. The cop has eyes on Squibs Momma and seems to like getting his own way but he’s a bad bad man and doesn’t seem to have any feelings about anyone but himself. Vern the Dragon just wants to be left alone with his cable and his vodka, that’s not asking for much now really but somehow these three characters collide and take us on a journey you never could have predicted.
I highly recommend you read Highfire, its the dragon tale I never knew I needed.
I received a copy of Highfire on Netgalley for review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.