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The Baker's Boy - J.V. Jones
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The Baker's Boy - J.V. Jones
Date: 06/09/02, updated on 06/09/02 (61 review reads)
Advantages: Descriptive, indepth, enchanting
Disadvantages: too long for some people, Plot line hidden in the background
Firstly I am going to tell you I love big, thick, chunky books that you can really get your teeth into (metaphorically speaking of course!) This is one of those books. 552 pages jam packed with excitement.
Surprisingly this book is about a bakers boy named Jack. Ok so that's not surprising but the fact that Jack isn?t your ordinary run of the mill bakers boy is. He runs away from his bakers life in castle Harvell and on his journey meets up with another fugitive called Melli who is running away form an arranged marriage. Individually and together these to get into many scrapes but the bond built in adversity keeps them together.
Another traveller is a main character in this book; his name is Tawl and he is a knight of Valdis on a seemingly impossible mission. This mission send?s him to many places including the haunting island of Larn where he consults with the seers and Rorn where he meets up with a lad named Nabber who?s usual occupation is a pick pocket, but he decides to leave the big city behind and travel with the knight in hopes of some adventure.
There are three other main and important characters that really are up to no good. Lord Baralis who is a master of the black arts plots his way through the whole book, manipulating people without them even realising it sometimes and spying on the occupants of Castle Harvell using the secret passages only he knows about. Secondly there is Lord Maybour who is just your average rich, pompous lord who pledges his daughter (Melli) to the Queens Son in marriage. This All backfires on him when his daughter does a runner on him. He then seeks out revenge on Lord Baralis whom he is certain has a hand in it all. Lastly there is Tavalisk who is the Archbishop of Rorn; he is a glutton and a man of sorcery himself. He spends his time co-ordinating his spies and keeping an eye on things, making them go his way.
This book is an epic and it is only the first in a series of
three books. It is immensely well written however and keeps you turning each page with every plot twist and in depth character analysis you get deeper and deeper into this world of intrigue and corruption and slowly the plot reveals itself and you can begin to see the whole thing come together.
I was hooked from the first page, let me give you an extract then maybe you?ll understand why
?The deed is done master?. Lusk barely had a second to notice the glint of the long-knife, and only a fraction of that to realise what it meant.
Baralis sliced Lusk?s body open with one forceful but elegant stroke, cleaving from throat to groin. Baralis shuddered as the body fell to the floor with a dull thud...!?
Apologies to those with a weak stomach but a book that starts like that, in my mind is going to be a book worth the reading.
J.V Jones style of writing is very laid back and relaxed, nothing is rushed over, each character is brought to life in minute detail and the actually plot of this story takes a back seat. Some people will find this story meananders too much and doesn?t read like a classic fantasy story but I found it fascinated me from start to finish.
I think you will enjoy this book if you are a person who likes their characters to be described to them in full and glorious Technicolor, but if you are looking for a high paced tale of chivalry and adventure maybe this one isn?t for you.
I can?t wait to read the other two books in the series as this one leaves you on the edge; you want to read on. You cannot read this book in isolation it is part of a whole and does not end like story of its own. It is an on going tale of mystery and magic. Enjoy.