Magnus Opum

Book Review: Magnus Opum – Jonathan Gould

About Magnus Opum

Magnus OpumA story about a little person in a very big world.

Magnus Mandalora never thought he would leave the safe confines of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob. He certainly never expected to end up in the middle of a long-running war between the saintly Cherines and the beastly Glurgs. But when circumstance places him in such a dubious position, he finds himself on a rollicking adventure where nothing is quite as it seems.

Magnus Opum is an epic fantasy with a twist. Tolkien meets Dr Seuss.

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Review: Magnus Opum

Where to start?  Well, first of all I shall state that I am not a fan of conventional fantasy novels.  Maybe I don’t have the staying power.  Maybe I’m too easily distracted and I… ooh, look – cookies!  I am married to a fantasy author, for heaven’s sake.  I should be embracing Tolkien and David Eddings and Robert Jordan – but I don’t.  I can’t.  It just isn’t for me.

So it was pretty brave of Jonathan Gould – knowing this – to ask me to review his novel.  He also knows that I’m a fan of people who do try to do something different – for example, I adore Terry Pratchett’s books.  I love the work of Jeremy Rodden.  I even love my husband’s work because, although it isn’t fun like Rodden’s and Gould’s he has tried to do something different and make the stories more prevalent than the words.  What all these people have in common is this: writing fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy.

Fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy.  That’s the only way to describe Magnus Opum.  Except, it’s far too limiting because I dare say it’s also fantasy for people who do like fantasy.  It doesn’t matter that there are weird things happening in mystical lands.  These stories manage to shout ‘HEY!  We sending a message that’s just as relevant to you humans, even if you don’t have 7 toes and four eyeballs’.

Magnus Opum is a wonderful story – there’s no doubt about that.  Magnus has a quest and he embraces it fully, it takes him to new places and he encounters new races during his adventures.  However, it’s the things that Magnus learns that really make this story shine for me.  I don’t know how Gould does it but in each of his books so far, you are lulled into thinking you are reading something light-hearted and almost, dare I say it, fluffy and fun but actually, when you sit back you suddenly realise you’ve been hit with a sledgehammer of wisdom.

There is a reason that Gould is one of my favourite writers.  His books offer so many things presented in such a wonderful manner.  To produce something that is so easy to read and yet offers something on so many levels must surely take an immense amount of skill.  I hope there is much more to come.

Verdict: 5/5

Source: Reviewer received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

Author: Donna Brown Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David's book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats. Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'.

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  1. Born27
    Born27 3 years ago .Reply

    Wonderful book. I could possibly relate with this. I'm just a mini human being living in this big planet. But for me, it's not that big. Because after all, we could communicate, we could travel with whatever place we would love to visit.

  2. Magnus Opum 3 years ago .Reply

    […] Magnus Opum is a wonderful story – there’s no doubt about that.  Magnus has a quest and he embraces it fully, it takes him to new places and he encounters new races during his adventures.  However, it’s the things that Magnus learns that really make this story shine for me. – bookbagsandcatnaps.com […]

  3. David Brown
    David Brown 3 years ago .Reply

    Been wanting to read Mr Goulding's books for some time now. Maybe it's high time I started, possibly with this one :)

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      I highly recommend it – I think you'll enjoy both the humour and the fantasy!

  4. Heidi19
    Heidi19 3 years ago .Reply

    This is a very interesting book. That is why i'm so eager to read it. Thanks for for the review.

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    […] Magnus Opum is a wonderful story – there’s no doubt about that.  Magnus has a quest and he embraces it fully, it takes him to new places and he encounters new races during his adventures.  However, it’s the things that Magnus learns that really make this story shine for me. – bookbagsandcatnaps.com […]