Mosca Mye’s adventures begin when she decides to free Eponymous Clent, a rather fat and verbose man, who was passing through her village when he ran afoul of the law . You’re perhaps wondering why she freed a perfect stranger, but the answer’s quite simple: Clent has a honeyed tongue, and Mosca loves words, and, in this world where books are banned, she is starved for them. Armed with only a bad-tempered goose and her wits, Mosca frees Clent, and together they flee to the town of Mandelion. However, there’s trouble and schemes afoot, and Mosca and Clent soon find themselves in the middle of it.
Oh my gosh, this book was amazing! Hardinge has come with a very creative world–the setting has warring guilds, an insane Duke, and a city with river-ways worthy of Venice. Overall, the setting provides enough trouble for the heroine, yet Mosca, Saracen her goose, and Clent create enough trouble themselves. The plot is as exciting and twisty as the characters and will be devoured quickly by young and older readers. Overall, a fantastic book and definitely one to check out!