Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)


Carry On is a fantasy novel that follows powerful mage Simon and his nemesis Baz during their last year at Watford School of Magicks. Unlike their occasional snippets in its sort-of-companion novel Fangirl, Simon and Baz are center stage here and it is GLORIOUS.

Where Rainbow really hits it out of the park on this one is with the characters. They are fully-dimensional and crackle with life, especially our “villain,” Baz, who is simultaneously caustic and vulnerable and filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud wry wit. Comparisons to another “Chosen One” (whose name maybe rhymes with Gary Fodder) are inevitable but Rainbow knows and cleverly plays with our expectations.

CONFESSION TIME: I’ll be honest—when Carry On came out last year, I wasn’t all that keyed up to read it. I had read (and adored!) Fangirl but kind of skimmed past the Watford passages in favor of what I considered the “real” story. What I failed to realize, however, is that Carry On is written by the inimitable Rainbow Rowell (duh!) and therefore guaranteed to hold a mirror up to your heart and coo reassuringly, regardless of the presence of dragons.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC ROWELL)

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