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The Geppetto Codex

(Beaumont and Beasley #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
They've got no strings...and they want revenge.

The people of the city of Vetri are turning into wooden statues...

...and Beaumont and Beasley are not on the case.

Not technically, anyway. This case must fall to two of their employees, the faun Gareth Llewellyn and the dryad Sylvia Kirke.

True, Gareth and Sylvia don't have a great deal of experience, but this shouldn't
Kindle Edition, 185 pages
Published January 17th 2020 by Amazon Digital Services
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Deborah O'Carroll
The next Beaumont and Beasley novel!

Featuring Gareth (nervous faun), Sylvia (very not nervous dryad), terrifying puppets and dashes of Pinocchio, and the Afterverse version of Venice!

Characters old and new make an appearance, along with fascinating Hints and Things, and returning villains at the most unexpected times...

And, of course, some Very Interesting epilogues and prologue which have me dying to get my hands on the next book! O_O

Through it all, there's the humor and banter and snarky and
Christine Smith
At last book #5 of the Beaumont and Beasley series is heeere!

And, wow, did this one take a bit of a different turn. Being as how *GASP* Nick and Cordelia are not our main characters. But no fear, there was still plenty of fun (and feels) to go ‘round!

Literally since book #3, The Stroke of Eleven, there has been this sense of…THE WORLD IS ENDING. The players are being set into position, tension is high, and, as the blurb of this one suggests, the end of Beaumont and Beasley has begun. (Don’t mind
E.B. Dawson
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
I have mixed feelings about this one. I never quite adjusted to being in Gareth or Sylvia's POVs and I really missed Nick and Cordelia. Nor do I particularly enjoy Gareth and Sylvia's relationship (just personal opinion). But once the plot started really going (from about the halfway point) it was so much fun! The way Shultz has twisted the Geppetto/Pinocchio story is one of my favorite aspects of the Afterverse. I'm not sure what that says about me. lol. I also really appreciated the way this s ...more
Beth Wangler
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, how has it taken me this long to review The Geppetto Codex?

Simply put, this book was perfect. I hadn't realized I wanted a book where the main characters were a dryad and faun, but boy did I ever! Shultz delves into so many cool uses of their powers. The creativity is off the charts, and it's hilarious in the bargain.

One thing I greatly appreciated about this was the opportunity it offered to get to know Gareth and Sylvia more. They've shown up in some other Beaumont and Beasley stories
Julia Garcia
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To say that this book was brilliant would be an understatement. No. It was not only brilliant, it was epic in every sense of the word.

Emotions experienced: laughter, joy, confusion, anger, surprise, wonder.. among other things.

I laughed, almost cried (very nearly), gasped, yelled and sputtered.

Shultz never ceases to amaze and the next book cannot come fast enough.
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
The Geppetto Codex is another riveting chapter in the Beaumont and Beasley saga! It was so much fun to see some more development for the side characters of Silvlia and Gareth. They grew quite a bit in this installment, and I dig their relationship! I love the way that Silvia sees within Gareth all the great qualities that he cannot see within himself. Not to mention, all the morbid twists that Shultz incorporates into the Pinocchio fairytale make for one of the most captivating retellings yet—if ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That was something!

--We get to be inside Gareth and Sylvia's head for the entire book. Which is great! I've really been wanting to get backstory for the mythfits since they were introduced. We learn about their little flaws and how entirely adorable they are together.
--It takes place in the afterverse version if Italy, so we get a cool new atmosphere to add the mystery of what's going on.
--A lot of interesting new characters including the villains which was pretty cool. And creepy. Definit
Merie Shen


No. This is unacceptable. It is impossible. It cannot be done.


How, Shultz?

What even WAS this? What WERE those epilogues, that part of a story I most anticipate and dread?

These cliffhangers.


(view spoiler)
Joseph Leskey
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
This was amazing. Review to come.
H. S. Kylian (Hannah Killian)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Didn't quite like it as much as the others, probably because Nick and Cordelia weren't the protagonists, but the ending made up for it.

Hannah Carter
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**Note: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

A quick summary: Sylvia and Gareth, now known as the "Botanical Department" of Beaumont and Beasley, are called to investigate a case in Vetri, where people are being turned into wooden statues under mysterious circumstances. (Okay, unless you're a dryad like Syliva, I suppose turning into a wooden statue under any circumstance would be mysterious.) When they're there, they'll uncover more about Geppetto, the dark work
Grace T
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Free ARC received in exchange for a review)

Holy storming cow.

I loved so much about this--the plot twists and the reveals (the epilogues are the best parts of Afterverse books for that and it's great) and the echoes of Deadwood and the expanded worldbuilding and Ioan and Renata/Callum and the absolute CREEPINESS of certain villain(s)--but probably my favorite aspect was Gareth's arc. For a book full of adventure and suspense and action, it was so nice to have side by side with that a thoughtful
C.O. Bonham
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-met-the-author
The Geppeto Codex by Kyle Robert Shultz is the long awaited fifth book in his popular Beaumont and Beasley series. And I devoured it.

Unlike the first four books, this one features neither Nick Beasley Nor Cordelia Beaumont. Though they both make breif cameos, the main characters are instead Gairth the time and humble faun and Silvia the kick butt dryad.

I liked them both as minor characters in the Tomb of the Sea Witch and they had a fun short in Christmas in Talesend. So I wasn't too worried th
delightfully creepy (seriously, the hand-spiders were TERRIFYING). also, it was nice to get into the POVs of Gareth & Sylvia, but i missed Nick & Cordelia. <3

my only quibble is that i feel the ending wrapped up a little too quickly? idk, it may be just me, but it felt like i blinked & it was all over. *shrugs*

all in all, can't wait for the next Beaumont & Beasley book. hopefully with more Nick & Cordelia. <3
Jonathan King
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the moment I read the first chapter, I realized how much I'd missed these Beaumont & Beasley books. After a long wait, Kyle Robert Shultz brings home another solid novel to add to the series. It's great fun hanging out inside Gareth and Sylvia's minds, getting to know them better, and they both get plenty of time to shine here. Some of my favorite parts are the scariest parts--I've always thought puppets and dolls were creepy, but some of the stuff in this book is downright unnerving. The e ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
an ok read
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ahhh I can't wait to read The Hare and the Hatter! ...more
Katherine M
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved getting more of Gareth and Sylvia's POV. And am thoroughly impressed by Kyle's ability to make wooden puppets freakishly disturbing. ...more
Bethany Kellam
*internal screaming*

Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*casually backtracks shelf to leave a review*

Positives: Setting. Just...setting. It's good to the point where you don't want it to be this good because you get too invested in it. Wait, no, that sounded too much like an opinion. ummm...Characters are solidly done!! They have an arc and development that's natural and everything! Relationships are good, beginning and ending are-uh *perspires* How can I leave an unbiased review of the positives?!?! Character arcs good. Setting amazing and well-buil
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Kyle Robert Shultz developed the power of creating zany, fantastical worlds in his early teens, when he was bitten by a radioactive book. He is the author of multiple series set in the Afterverse, a parallel universe where myths, fairy tales, and classic stories are real events and part of history. He lives in self-imposed exile in the southern Idaho desert, far enough away from humanity to protec ...more

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