Summary

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.
Enter Wollard, the impeccably distinguished and impossibly correct Master of Formalities for House Jakabitus. When he suggests that Master Hennik be taken in as a ward of the House, certain complications arise. Wollard believes utterly and devotedly in adhering to rules and good etiquette. But how does one inform the ruler of a planet that you are claiming his son as your own - and still create enough goodwill to deescalate an intergalactic war?
©2015 Scott Meyer (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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4 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 04-08-15

Great book

If you liked Off to be the Wizard you will like this. It's not quite as funny but it's a great read.
Like Daniels performance was great as always.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Frank on 31-07-15

Brilliant!

Fantastic Hitchhikers guide humour. Brilliantly performance with colourful characters and an interesting back story. I will be listening to this one again.

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By Nothing really matters on 21-07-16

Looking forward to the sequel

This new Scott Meyer book takes place in the interesting context of a very formalistic future. The story involved a fair bit of set-up, as I imagine it is intended to be the first in a series. This set-up made the the story initially feel a bit slow and left me wondering where it was heading. But the action and the pace picked up in the second half, the pieces fell into place and, in the end, I found the book very satisfying.

I really appreciate Scott Meyer's writing style. He produces genuinely funny and cleverly written stories. He never gets pretentious or pedantic. He impresses with his skill and with subtlety, and not through the (over)use of a thesaurus or clever references to obscure tidbits of knowledge. I look forward to the next instalment in this new series.

Luke Daniels is a great narrator and, for me, the voice of Scott Meyer.

Highly recommended, especially to other Scott Meyer fans.

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19 of 19 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 06-03-16

Ultra polite hilarity is considered good form!

What made the experience of listening to Master of Formalities the most enjoyable?

Scott Meyer’s sense of humor combined with Luke Daniel’s hilarious performance and interpretation of character voices inspired outright laughter.

This whole audio book amounts to a great comedy as one listens to the antics of a very stiff, duty bound and polite staff as they try to manage a daily routine that starts spiraling out of control when the royal family takes in Master Hennik, an unwilling and unpleasant political pawn turned royal family member.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The entire cast of characters interacting is so great that it is really hard to pick a favorite character. But Hennik is just so hilariously rotten and petty when he is trying to irritate Wollard and the rest of House Jakabitus that he has to be on the top of the list.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene where Wollard is trying to calm down Queen Jakabitus after Hennik successfully embarrasses her is hilarious.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Queen Jakabitus' son chooses to use Hennik's torments for self improvement and develope more of a backbone rather than letting everyone continue to take advantage of his quiet and reserved nature.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book. It's hilarious, clean, laugh out loud fun.

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