The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing by Maia Strong

Samhain Publishing

Gay / Fantasy

ISBN:  978-1-60504-036-3

Reviewed by Cassie



As a Wand’ring Minstrel, Jimothy Redwing’s needs are simple—his demiguitar, food, a place to sleep, and occasional companionship.  On the way to the city of Couvin, Jimothy manages to meet all those needs at once when he encounters traveler Ricky Lennox.  Ricky gives Jimothy a ride on his horse, shares his food, and shares a small traveler’s cabin—and bed—with him.  Once they reach the city, Ricky gives him advice and leaves, with the promise of seeing him again. 

In the city, Jimothy discovers a lot of things weren’t what he thought.  One of the letters he’s supposed to deliver contains some sort of controversial information, and Ricky is hiding a big secret from him.  Can Jimothy and Ricky manage to have a relationship despite the turmoil surrounding them?

The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing is an enjoyable fantasy novel.  Minstrel Jimothy is a great character.  He loves his work and takes it very seriously, but he also makes time for “fun” whenever possible.  His developing feelings for Ricky take him by surprise, but luckily he’s an adaptable person.  Ricky, who is funny, kind, and enjoys expressing his desires in creative ways, is a good match for Jimothy.  Ricky’s secret (which I won’t reveal here) is a pretty big deal, but it’s easy to see why he wants to hide it at first.  The intrigue that Jimothy and Ricky become embroiled in provides suspense and kept me reading on to see what would happen next.  Secondary characters are well-written and interesting, especially Ricky’s mother and the innkeepers at the inn where Jimothy stays and performs.  Maia Strong also did a good job with the world- building, providing a fascinating realm with a hint of the paranormal.  I hope she writes more books in the same setting.  I for one would definitely read them.  If you like fantasy, intrigue, and romance, you can’t go wrong with The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing  


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