Book Review: Jester
What happens in Oasis, stays in Oasis.
Lisette’s father killed the King. His execution leaves Lisette alone, disgraced, and without the magic he intended to pass on to her. In Oasis, that’s a problem. Glutted with enchanted performers, Oasis is a sin city where courtiers pay in gold to drink, gamble, and above all, be entertained. To survive on its competitive streets, Lisette peddles paltry illusions in place of magic.
Desperate to prove herself, Lisette enters into a deadly competition to be chosen as the highest-ranked magician in the world, the Queen’s Jester. But her rival, the irritatingly handsome Luc, possesses the one thing Lisette does not—real magic. Lisette will do anything to win, but when evidence implicating the Queen in her husband’s murder surfaces, Lisette must choose between redeeming her family name, or seizing the fame she’s hungered for her entire life.
Instantly I was drawn into this story. Lisette is the perfect protagonist. Because she is not "perfect" it makes her very relatable. To the point that we the readers are cheering for Lisette to succeed. While Luc may be Lisette's adversary, he is still a likable character. What I also liked a lot about this book is the world that the author built for the story.
It was like a mini movie playing in my head while I was reading this book. As I got a really good idea of the world as well as what every character looked like. As the story progressed, I got more drawn into it. Readers who like fantasy books will want to pick up this one.