When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned. They are Jack, the seemingly unkillable leader whose ever-present grin belies a dark past; Marie, who fights with fury but battles more fiercely to control the beast within; and Frank, the master of logistics, whose cloak hides horrific scars that are far more than skin-deep. As they slash and scheme through kingdom and village alike, the Bastard Champions uncover tantalizing clues to their ultimate quarry: the powerful Blue Fairy, who has made each of their lives a living hell.
Second Hand Curses adds a dash of sly wit and a heaping portion of action to the fairy tales you thought you knew.
Entertaining novel by a talented writer
This isn't my favorite Hayes novel, but I really enjoyed it. He has the ability to take wildly exhausted tropes (here "twist on the old fairy tale" ala Wicked/Fables/etc or vampies via The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant which is amazing, or the Super Powerds novels) and make them interesting and new. He has a Wedoneque ability to build characters and worlds and to write clever dialog. I am hoping that comic books, movies and TV come calling for his talents. He is underappreciated. Well done.