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{May 7, 2013}   {Review} The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady by Richard Raley

2940011495786_p0_v2_s260x420From Goodreads: King Henry Price is fourteen, he loves everything he’s not supposed to and hates everything he’s supposed to. One day after his usual hour of detention he comes home to find an enigmatic woman named Ceinwyn Dale sitting in his kitchen, telling his parents lies about a special reform school. What she tells King Henry is different, she tells him he’s a mancer, a Geomancer to be exact, that he’s special, one in million maybe. She sure ain’t a fairy giant and King Henry sure as hell ain’t Harry Potter, but why not? Got to be better than the life he’s already got.

King Henry Price is twenty-two, a recent graduate of the Asylum as an Artificer. With the special ability to create lasting items of the Mancy, he’s spurned the Artificer’s Guild and struck out on his own to found an Artificer workshop looking to do things his way. One night, a vampire baroness claiming she’s named Anne Boleyn walks into his shop, telling King Henry he’s going to help her, and she’s not taking ‘no’ for an answer. King Henry is pretty sure the whole name thing is just a joke, but only pretty sure…

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Unfortunately, this novel is just not for me.  I was intrigued by the premise, and I really enjoyed the back and forth nature of the narration, where the narrator tells readers about his life at 14 and then switches to his current life, but the language and humor isn’t my style.

King Henry Price has had a difficult life, and I understand the angst and hatred he carries, but his obsession with sex, the middle finger, and words for certain body parts, both male and female, put me off of the story as a whole. Now, I do think the novel is very well written, and the characterization is also done very well.  In fact, King Henry is probably more true to life than I care to admit, but he also isn’t someone I’d surround myself with in real life, so listening to him cuss and make lude and crude comments throughout was much more than I could handle. Maybe I should have realized this might be the case based on the title, but I really wasn’t thinking “foul mouth” as in lude and crude to the level that this novel takes it.  A little bit of this is always tolerable and can even be funny, but King Henry just takes it over the top and it was too much for me, and I’m sorry to say that I, personally, can only give it one and a half star.

1.5  stars

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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