The latest book to be written by author Rainbow Rowell, Carry On, is, in my opinion, the very best of her work to date. This novel was actually first mentioned in another of Rowell’s books, Fangirl. In Fangirl the main character is writing a fanfiction called Carry On, Simon about a made up series of books, the Simon Snow series, which are sort of a parody of Harry Potter. Throughout Fangirl snippets of Carry On, Simon and other fanfiction stories written by the main character are show, which gave reader just the first glimpse into Simon Snow’s World of the Mage’s. Evidentially, the characters and unfinished story weren’t enough for Rowell, since she has recently released a full novel version of this fanfic, Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow.
I know, I know, this is fairly confusing. I did just mention four different books and book series, two of which don’t actually exist and two that do, one being base off the nonexistent ones. But despite the confusing chronology of these stories, Carry On is currently my favorite book. It tells the story of Simon Snow, possibly the most powerful and most unskilled magician in the World of the Mage’s. He’s training at the most prestigious of magic schools, Watford, but he has bigger things lying in the future. Simon has been destined to save the whole world of magic from a mysterious being known as The Insidious Humdrum, an evil creature that has been devouring the world’s magic. And on top off all that, Simon’s evil, possible vampire, roommate Baz has not shown up for school. Simon just knows that he’s up to no good, probably plotting a way to kill him like last year. And the year before that. And before that. And before that.
But thing change when the ghost of Baz’s mother appears to Simon looking for Baz, to tell him how to find her true killer. And then Baz mysteriously return to Watford, refusing to tell anyone where he’s been. Simon knows he needs to help Baz avenge his mother, but can he survive teaming up with his nemesis? And more importantly, can he save the entire world of magic? These questions and many more are answered in the tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice that is Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow.
Photo Source: Amelia Haig, 2016