Odder than most

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy
Review by Vivian Cook
Strange and thrilling, James Kennedy’s The Order of Odd-Fish is a gripping tale.  Although the atmosphere of Kennedy’s story is just as odd as the order it’s named after, the two characters that readers follow seem surprisingly ordinary.  They live in the world we know, they look like you or me, and they act like normal citizens until they are placed in extraordinary circumstances.  Joe Larouche has lived with her slightly quirky Aunt Lily for her entire life, never knowing her parents or the reason why she was left on Lily’s doorstep with a note describing her as a “dangerous baby.”  One day, Ken Kiang, a famous philanthropist who decides to become the ultimate villain, disrupts her life and she is thrown into Eldritch City and the lives of the knights and squires of the Order of Odd-Fish.  As she becomes more and more accustomed to the oddities of this new world and the people and creatures and cockroach butlers in it, she soon learns who she really is and the terrible destiny that awaits her.  When Aunt Lily leaves in search of the evil that would force Jo to fulfill her destiny and therefore destroy the world, Jo tries her best to fit in to the world around her and keep the truth about herself a secret.  Ken Kiang, meanwhile, decides that the only way to prove his evilness is to defeat the very person that Jo is in danger of meeting.  So, as Kiang protects Jo and the world through his apparently “evil” plans, and Jo struggles against the forces within her, a strange string of events leads to a battle unlike any other and the ultimate test of how to be a hero when your fate is to be a villain.  James Kennedy has crafted a unique, exciting, and mind-boggling story of an ordinary girl who turns out to be the most extraordinary of all.  Whether that is for better or worse, you will have to find out . . .