Review - The Prodigal Son, Sulari Gentill

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The Prodigal Son
Rowland Sinclair
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After eight years abroad, Rowland Sinclair has come home to a house he hates, and a city which seems conservative ... and dull. 

He longs to return to the bright lights of Europe. Until an old friend persuades him to join Sydney Art School. 

There, under the tutelage of the renowned Julian Ashton, Rowland learns to paint and finds himself drawn into the avant-garde world of Sydney’s artistic set. 

But murder rears its ugly head and Rowland must decide who his friends really are.

Book Review

Anybody who knows about this series will be aware that this novella has been a gift from the author to fans, a little taste of the ongoing series, as a thank you, and a filler in a bit of a gap between novels. It has the added benefit of fleshing out the back-story of Rowland Sinclair and his band of compatriots - Edna, Clyde and Milton. 

It should be astounding that even within the size restrictions of a novella, Gentill has managed to provide that back-story, build in a murder, set up a bit of romantic tension, and give a feel for the societal tensions at the time, but really it's not. Gentill is nothing if not a consummate story teller, and her Rowland Sinclair series is about as pitch perfect as you could want.

A review, therefore, in novella form that breaks quite a few of the self-imposed rules. There really doesn't need to be any careful analysis of the whys and wherefores of this series. It deserves a wide readership because it's very good. By all means, read this novella at any point in your catch up of the entire series of books - but whatever you do make sure you read this series. It's glorious.

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