A Flower for the Queen, or An Under-Gardener’s Adventure

23 Sep

An earnest under-gardener is thrust into a world of high adventure and intrigue when he is sent to South Africa on a secret mission to find the Strelitzia Reginae – a wondrous and rare flower that the king desires to present to his queen. A bit of a mixed bag in tone, the story is framed Princess Bride-like by an old narrator telling his life story. The mishaps and plot twists are almost comic, but the tone carries on with a straight face. The characters never came to life for me, and the plot twists are all nicely resolved. Some enjoyable descriptions of South Africa give the setting texture.
I’d give this 3.5 stars – worth reading if a friend left it behind on your coffee table, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to hunt this down.



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