The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway is a steampunk fantasy with wit to spare. Not only is Glen’s writing clever and fast-paced, her characters are unique and loveable. While Martin Hathaway is an endearingly brave but bumbling hero, Captain Daisy Fitzgerald McNamara is probably the most self-assured female protagonist I’ve ever encountered. And though it’s no surprise they end up together, their romance is anything but ordinary. My favorite character, however, is Basil, Daisy’s pompous, bitingly sarcastic assistant.
Classic fantasy lovers will appreciate Glen’s nod to JRR Tolkien and Frank Baum, but her writing style and sense of humor remind me of one of my more recent favorites, Scott Meyer, the best-selling author of Off to Be the Wizard. Which means I now have another favorite author, Kathryn Clare Glen – and I can’t wait to read the second installment in her Misadventures Trilogy!