Genre: Fantasy (Contemporary Fiction)
Summary: There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big.
Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.
Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
Summary from Goodreads
Review: I can’t exactly remember how I came across this series but I’m very glad I did. I haven’t read such a thrilling, fun, fast paced fantasy novel in a long time. I love the permise of this series (if you can even say there is one). There is so much happening in the book you just want to carry on reading, for example Dodos still exist; there’s a department that can Time Travel and finally Thursday gets to go into Jane Eyre and meet the characters!
That is what made me read this series, to be able to go into your favourite book and meet your favourite character is a book lovers dream! I enjoyed Jasper Fforde’s writing style it’s very eloquent and witty. I particularly liked the funny names he came up with for characters for example Jack Schitt! Haha
I must admit there were times whilst reading where I was confused, especially when it came to the “Crimea” war, the Shakespeare “controversy” and finally the talk about Jane Eyre. I haven’t read Jane Eyre but I watched the 2011 movie adaptation with Radiya and my sisters the other day. I mistakenly believed that what was said about Jane Eyre in The Eyre Affair was true; so when I asked Farhana and Radiya why Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester don’t end up together at the end and they told me I was wrong (woops).
Thursday Next is a strong female character, she’s headstrong and dives into action ASAP, I found that I neither liked her or disliked her. Her storyline with Landen (her ex-boyfriend) was quite annoying to be honest but there wasn’t much of that. I liked her genius uncle Mycroft and her quirky father because I just love nerdy, dorky guys. I even sort of liked Acheron Hades, I feel like he was the perfect villain to have in this book.
Finally, I recommend you read this if you enjoy fast paced fantasy books especially if you’re a book lover.