Book Review: The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (Constance Verity #1)

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity By A. Lee Martinez

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Constance Danger Verity is destined for adventure. Literally. Just after she is born, she is blessed (or cursed) by a fairy godmother to a life of adventure, and a glorious death. It sounds extraordinary, but after two decades of nonstop adventure, Constance is bored with the constant adrenaline rush and just wants to try out something more normal. Sure, she’s fought space pirates and ninjas and mummies, and saved the world-and the universe-a time or two, but she’s never held down a dead end job, or gone grocery shopping, or balanced her checkbook. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to bestow a fairy tale gift (curse) than to get it removed.

This book is written in an homage to 1930s pulp fiction stories, with a dash of girl detective thrown in. Constance Verity is smart, funny, and (naturally) a master of just about every martial art under the sun (ours and others). Her past adventures, referred two passingly by a line or two of dialogue, sound like the kind that feature a cover art with a burly man carrying a whip, possibly accompanied by a scantily clad woman in a leopard print bikini (Thrilling! Can Bryce Storm Discover the Secret of the Lost Idol of Tambakura In Time?!?!?). 

But Martinez isn’t content to let the ’30s adventure ethos rule the day. As Constance sets out on her quest to become ordinary, we discover a conspiracy to keep that from happening. Not just any conspiracy, but a nefarious Government-Intergalactic-Interdimensional conspiracy of astounding proportions. Constance will need to battle through elves and aliens and government agents. She’ll need to hack a computer that communicates via smell. And we will finally unerstand why it’s so much easier to fight an army of ninjas rather than just one.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I had a massive amount of fun reading this book. Martinez has a great talent for making the weird normal, and then making it weird again. The Last Adventure of Constance Verity is him on his ‘A’ game. It’s summer time. You need something fun and original and funny to help deal with the temperatures outside, and this book is just the refreshment you need.

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