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Fanuilh (Fanuilh #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When the wizard Tarquin is killed in his bed, only two mourn him--his miniature dragon familiar, Faniulh, and scholar Liam Rhenford. Liam isn't about to get involved until Fanuilh magically bonds with him. Compelled by the dragon's desire for justice, Liam learns magic--but will it be enough to save Fanuilh?
Mass Market Paperback, 259 pages
Published May 1994 by Ace
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Tracy Stirman
I read this book a long time ago, back in 1996. At the time, I was 13 years old. I really wanted to like this book and I found the overall concept and premise desirable and unique. I loved the pseudodragon familiar and wished that he had a greater role in the story. The pace at which the book moved seemed to me, at the time, to be rather slow. Also, as a mystery, I found it to be very predictable. I had figured out who the killer was very early on (even if I'd not yet deduced the why) and found ...more
I've read this book three times now. It's okay. There's some seriously awkward phrasing that tends to interrupt the flow of the story, and I find the characters to be wooden. But the story holds up reasonably well and has been relatively enjoyable on all three reads.
Barbara ★
There's alot going on but the main thing is who killed Tarquin Tanaquil and why. I liked Liam Rhenford, though he's an unlikely detective but I've seen worse in most cozy mysteries. I knew who the killer was as soon as they entered the picture and was surprised that Liam didn't even suspect. I liked the tiny dragon and think I will enjoy future adventures with Liam and Fanuilh. I was amazed that Liam didn't find the whole thing with Poppae suspicious, I certainly did!
If I could give a 2.5 stars I probably would. I enjoyed the whole series; possibly the first book the most. The magic/wizardry is along the lines of a cross between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I don't find it objectionable. It's an enjoyable read and a good way to waste a few hours. A couple of the books end kind of abruptly and there are a few questions raised in earlier books that don't get answered in later ones. But overall an enjoyable series.

I was given this book by a friend who has widely different tastes for my own. I'm often lucky to make it through the first chapter of the books he gives me. Imagine my delight when I found myself actually enjoying this story.

Filled with mystery, this story is an adventure from beginning to end. Character driven, the story effortlessly unfolds.

If you come across this book, give it a shot. I highly doubt it will disappoint.
A light, fun mystery series set in a fantasy world. At the time, I was thrilled to find something that combined the two genres in such a way, and it's unfortunate the author seemed to disappear after only five.
Really liked the series. Fanuilh became my favorite character for a while. Liam took a bit to grow on my yet I ended up liking him a lot. Was very disappointed that the series did not continue.
Maria Schneider
It was okay. The mystery was a tad slow to develop; I'd have liked to see more of Fanuilh as he could have been a far more interesting character that he was.
Matthew Sutton
decent fantasy fair for children
Not bad, not too deep.
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