Book Review: The Gullwing Odyssey


The Gullwing Odyssey (Gullwing #1) by Antonio Simon, Jr.

Kyra’s Star Ratings:
* * * * * 5 stars all around

(I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of giving an honest review)

All Marco Gullwing wants to do is deliver an important package for his prince. Then he’s mistaken for someone he isn’t, and finds himself whisked off on an adventure involving an island full of dragons, flying ships, and an evil conspiracy.

The Gullwing Odyssey is a very silly book. Homicidal hummingbirds, dragons both bureaucratic and amorous, a surprisingly bloodless way of doing battle, Red Underwear Tuesday… It’s very funny and I laughed out loud a lot.

But there’s also substance to the silliness. An interesting setting that isn’t the usual pseudo-medieval-Europe (more Renaissance influences, with island and jungle settings), an engrossing plot full of twists and turns, engaging and vividly-drawn characters, some really cool magic, and a surprising moment of truth for Marco which added real depth to the book.

Some of the slapstick action maybe doesn’t play out as well in text as it would visually, and there are a few minor proofreading mistakes, but overall the book is extremely well-written and nicely-presented, with nothing else to interfere with the reader’s enjoyment.

The Gullwing Odyssey is an excellently entertaining read, and I look forward to more of Marco Gullwing’s adventures.


About kyrahalland

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up. View all posts by kyrahalland

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