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The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez is different than your expected urban fantasy as you might expect from the title. From the first page, it’s clear that Constance has a very strange life in that it’s basically the most extreme version of a chosen-one satire ;-).
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Last Day of Constance Verity from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez (Constance Verity #1)
Published by Saga Press on 384
Genres: Adult, Genre-bender
Page Length: June 14th, 2016 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to assassinate her fairy godmother and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.
Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become one of the world’s great adventurers. It all began at her seventh birthday party when she defeated a snake. She has become a master of exotic martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts gathered from her adventures. But Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she is finally figured out a way to do it: she’s going to kill her fairy godmother and reset her life. The only problem, though, is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.
Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death.
How is the writing style?
The story is told in third-person limited, past tense, focused on Constance. There is definitely an aspect of tongue-in-cheek satire in the writing, though mostly it just felt like standard urban fantasy writing.
General tone of the beginning
The story opens with Constance trying to find a normal job and instead stumbling upon a cult trying to end the world, which she easily deals with, as the chosen one does. Constance then decides to deal with her inability to live a normal life right at the beginning of the problem, when she was enchanted by her fairy godmother!
Setting, genre, etc?
I had thought this would be more of a straight urban fantasy satire, but there are references to more cult classic science fiction monsters too, so it’s more weird fiction satire? Definitely adult, though, given the age and life situation of Constance.
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
This one is getting 2 stars from me since I’m not feeling compelled to keep reading, but I know that the right reader will enjoy it. So if satire with all sorts of weird fantasy and sci-fi tropes thrown together sounds fun to you, go for it!
Here’s a sneak peek!
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez
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