The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below
by Patrick Rothfuss
Cover Artist: Nate Taylor
Review by Gayle Surrette
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596066199
Date: 30 November 2013 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle (The Thing Beneath the Bed) continue in The Dark of Deep Below. The Princess and Mr. Whiffle are having their adventures constantly interrupted by the Princess' new baby brother.
It's difficult to have adventures when you're always cleaning up after your brother's messes. It takes up time and energy and then he keeps you awake with all his noise. So, who could blame the Princess for ignoring him when she'd finally thought he'd gone too far. It's not her fault he's disappeared. She has no intention of going to look for him -- not if he's in the deep dark below.
But she wouldn't be a Princess if she didn't find her brother and bring him home...so she's going to prepare and go after him with Mr. Whiffle at her side. It's going to be dangerous. Dark. Very dark. There might be monster.
Last time we learned that the Princess isn't afraid of much and she's definitely capable of taking care of herself. With a twist we learned that things were not always what they seemed. The artwork manages to illustrate the story while putting a lot of hints, humor, and surprises in the background, and occasionally the foreground of the page.
The ending this time builds on your expectations from what you learned about the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in the last book. Rothfuss manages to surprise and shock the reader -- at at least this reader -- again.
If you enjoyed the first adventure, you'll be sure to enjoy this one. Be sure to check out the publisher's book page (link at the top of this review) where there are some sample pages.