Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing The Innkeeper by MJ Porter as JE Porter.
Here’s the blurb
Mann has a secret he can tell no one, and it’s not that the beguiling whores of Slutet believe he’s the best shag they’ve ever had.
No, being able to summon anything he wants, from thin air, is not something he wants to share. Neither is the fact that he has no recollection of his past, or that, as time goes on, his life never ends. (He doesn’t mind if the whores want to tell everyone about his prowess in the bedchamber, mind, and neither does he mind sharing it with all who come asking).
Not that his summoning power is his only secret, but the end of the millennia and a meeting of apparent strangers might be about to answer the questions he never even realised he had.
Whether a Nine or a None, Mann has a duty only he can fulfil, and this cycle, he’s failed, spectacularly. But there’s always tomorrow, or, rather, yesterday, to do it all over again, if he can only find what he lost.
As a Nine or a None, Mann must uncover his destiny by revisiting the past.
The Innkeeper follows Mann.. he appears out of nowhere near Slutet.. why or how he doesn’t know but he soon learns he has a special ability to summon the things he needs to survive.. but where do they come from and why does he have this power?
Full disclosure this book is like nothing I’ve read before.. it’s a magical fantasy/mystery tale but Mann is quite an enigma so the only thing you learn quickly is that he likes the word fuck a lot and he’s fond of his lady friends.
Mann soon settles in Slutet as an Innkeeper. As the years pass he sees those he knows live and die.. but he’s still here….and he’s not aged a day… at some point people will start to notice won’t they? Surely? He needs an exit plan.
This is a complex plan involving him leaving his home… at least for a while.
Just when he feels he has a way out others like him appear.. they are searching for someone.. is it him? If not who?
The major issue is he doesn’t know who he can trust…and even if they seem honest is this just an act?
As the tale progresses we see Mann learn to master his powers which made the chapters intriguing as he tried to put his plan into action.
The Nine and the None are a fun idea.. neither group seems to really know who is which or if they even like each other but the conversations between them were fun to read.
Looking at characters The Innkeeper has a vast array of weird and wonderful individuals to get to know.. not many like to give much away though.. but it’s this lack of connection with them that actually makes them very appealing.
The plot itself is insane..crazy and bloody marvellous.. I can’t quite explain it.
For being so wonderfully strange and original it’s a 4* star from me.. The Nine and the None are so mysteriously baffling and I found myself really enjoying it.