Flyest Fables is an interconnected fiction anthology. In the premiere episode, we meet Antoine — a young boy bullied in school. Antoine finds a magical book that transports him into the world of Princess Keisha. Princess Keisha is on a quest to save her mother and the entire Kingdom of Orleans.
One day at school, Antoine finds himself pursued by a group of bullies. He runs outside and ducks through a hole in the fence…and realizes that no one can see him. While hidden from the bullies, he discovers a book on the ground with his name written on it.
This is the point where the story truly begins. The book is what binds the anthology together, connecting the various characters. This moment also establishes Flyest Fables’ musical nature. Antoine is unable to contain his frustration when he sees that the book is blank and bursts into song.
Side note: Morgan Givens’ singing gave me chills. He’s incredibly talented and I love what the music brings to the story.
The story revealed by the book after Antoine’s singing reminds me of spiritual journeys like in Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea or Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. Even within this story, the power of storytelling itself is a prominent theme (and one that’s continued in the anthology’s frame story).
Though there are only a handful of episodes released so far, Flyest Fables is shaping up to be an incredible audio drama. The story is powerful and the production is fantastic. Morgan Givens manages to pull off both the feel of a full-cast drama and single narrator story at the same time. He does all of the voices himself. Speaking as someone who’s listened to a lot of audiobooks over the years, Givens does an excellent job narrating his story.
Oh, and there are no ads, which is pretty awesome.
If you’re a fan of fairy tales, fantastic adventure, and stories that focus on character rather than action, this might be for you. I’m excited to see where the rest of this first season goes.