Brust adapts a Hungarian fairytale about three royal brothers and the vast, literally crumbling palace they inhabit into a mini-saga about family, jealousy, love, decline and rebirth.
Very Brust. A savory compliment to the other books of Faerie, illustrating the point of view from the other side - that of the humans (Fenarian) society . One can tell this was written from the heart.
Once upon a time, there were four brothers who ruled the land of Fenario: King Laszlo, a good man - though perhaps a little mad, Prince Andor, a clever man - though perhaps a little shallow, Prince Vilmos, a strong man - though perhaps a little stupid, and Prince Miklos, the youngest brother, perhaps a little - no, a lot - stubborn.
Once upon a time there were four brothers - and a goddess, a wizard, an enigmatic talking stallion, a very hungry dragon, and a crumbling Brokedown Palace on the banks of the River of Faerie...
Well, I just finished this. Its ... neat and hard to pin down at the same time. It is very much a well developed fairy tale, and one of the old school not the modern. Threads are left dangling and there is hate, love, change, pain and growth.
Its a wonderful book and I hope others will read it.