Friday, October 15, 2010

Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Dust City:
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

His son, that's who.

Ever since his father's arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner.

Can Henry solve the mystery of his family's sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?

Robert Paul Weston wrote a story with a magnificent blend of fairytale creatures, where Snow White is a detective and animals walk around among humans. Henry is the son of the wolf who killed Little Red Riding Hood, and for years he has been ashamed of his father’s actions, until one day he discovers some letters his father has written to him from prison. In those letters is an explanation for what happened that tragic night. In the City, fairies have long since disappeared taking their magic with them, the only magic remaining is the Dust that settled in the ground and then mined by big corporations. Only the biggest corporation is using the Dust for evil rather than good. Henry finds himself immersed in a mob-like underworld of the City, becoming a Dust runner in order to reveal the truth of his father’s actions. I really enjoyed the premise of the story, but did find there were times when I had to struggle to pick up the book to continue reading. The story kept me intrigued so that I wanted to keep reading, but sometimes the pace moved a little slow for my liking. The book has a realistic conclusion and I would more than likely be interested to see what happens to Henry in the future.

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