Verdict: Entertaining from beginning to end, MOXIE'S DECISION is uproariously funny and satire at its best.
A teen princess plans revenge when she learns that her sly uncle takes over her rightful place as queen.
In this sequel to Moxie’s Problem, Moxie escapes her father’s castle to become a heroine. But learning warfare and self-sufficiency means that she has to join the all-male Heroes Guild. Moxie surprisingly gets accepted. Suspicion builds when she’s also granted an early graduation and bribed into going on a mission that supposedly is out of her caliber. But Moxie is feistier than expected, especially when she returns to the castle to become queen. But her noble title pales in comparison to the war threat on Camelot.
Rising fantasy author Quense throws a clever twist with a Monty Python flavor to an ancient tale in his second book of the Princess Moxie Series. Set during 451 C.E., Quense combines dry British humor and light sexual bantering reminiscent of the 1975 classic film Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Divided into three parts spanning a year, Quense takes his audience on a journey though an alternate parallel universe to the heroes and villains of Camelot. Although the featured character of Quense’s third person narrative is undoubtedly King Smedley’s neglected daughter Moxie, Quense is constantly shifting comedic scenes to the various happenings that take place among other pertinent cast members. And while alternating hilarious character scenes, Quense periodically punctuates his plot with information from the Chronicles of a fictional character–Bildas the Surly.
Amid Moxie’s grueling training at the Heroes Guild, her daring adventures, and warring tension between King Artie and Hengist, the Saxon warlord, Quense incorporates a flurry of other activity into his storyline. Prime examples include Percivale who is in love with Fiona; Tristan—with his wretched songs and play performances at Stonehenge; Merlin who is involved in a step-dancing troupe and his Magic of the Mind project (psychological ink blot interviews); King Artie and his All-British Football League—his alternative to fighting Hengist, and his marketing ploys to turn his KRT, Inc. (Knights of the Round Table) from a non-profit to a for profit organization; and Lancelot’s obsession with Guinevere, King Artie’s wife.
Entertaining from beginning to end, MOXIE’S DECISION is uproariously funny and satire at its best.