The Prodigal’s Foole by R. B. Wood is an action packed story that’s equal parts X-Men, Harry Potter and Angel’s and Demons.
It follows the story of Symon Bryson, returning to his home town of Boston to reconnect with his old mentor, a Catholic priest named Charles. Symon soon learns, however, that Charles has been kidnapped by demons, and set’s of on a quest with his fellow former class mates to rescue Charles, defeat the demons, and confront Symon’s past.
Oh, and did I mention that Symon, his mentor and his friends are all mages? Yup, that’s right, magic. Used by the Church to fight against a very real evil. All in all, a very awesome set up, and a damn good story. The action is well paced and well written, and once it starts, it’s almost non-stop. The characters are all well developed, and Symon goes through hell (both literally and metaphorically) before it all ends.
All in all, this was a fabulous book, and a fun read. I highly recommend it for anyone into fantasy or urban fantasy.
If I have one complaint about the book, it’s that I feel the story ends before the book does. Don’t get me wrong, the end of the book does a good job of tying up some loose ends and sets up book two well, but I feel that the story ended before this point, with the heroes sailing off into the sunset.
That’s just my opinion, however, you mileage may vary.
I give this book four out of five stars, and suggest that if you are even a remote fan of urban fantasy, you pick this book up. You’ll be happy that you did.