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The Hob's Bargain

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,914 ratings  ·  284 reviews
Beauty and The Beast

Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic—both good and evil—returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…

Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it—and killed her f
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Ace (first published 2001)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a lovely book. Although short, it was a full meal, rich with humor, magic, the struggle between good and evil, and a nice little romance.

Aren was a great heroine. You see her go from meek and frightened to powerful and independent in her own right. Ms. Briggs excels at writing loveable characters who I care about, cheering along as they grow, and as they fight the good fight. She did a great job of showing Aren come into knowledge of her gifts, and I admired her ability to survive so mu
2.5 stars for The Hob's Bargain, written in 2001 by Patricia Briggs. Today she's a more reliable author, except her characters do sometimes bleed through (scroll to bottom). I love her Alpha & Omega series and also enjoy the Mercy Thompson series, including Moon Called.

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Plot: Set in Fallbrook, a small village in medieval Briton, The Hob's Bargain is light fantasy with a patina of romance. The village is under attack from raiders and other dangers. The heroine (Aren) a
My second reading of this book. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. This is a stand alone fantasy. So if you need a little fantasy fix and don't want to get into something epic this is a great read. One of the things that I appreciate about this story is that it is not, in fact, epic. I get tired of every character being the "one" destined to "save the world." I like to read small stories about not so important people. This one has a little romance in it. The writing is absorbing as is ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Unfulfilled Fantasy Potential

Aren has been married to Daryn all of one day when raiders appear, killing her entire family. She feels guilty, knowing she had the sight, and might have been able to save them had she not been so busy hiding her ability from those that would kill her. Now, she must find a way to get rid of the raiders and the magical creatures that have suddenly appeared.

I adore Patricia Briggs. The first book of hers I read, “Steal the Dragon”, completely captivated me. It was exci
Jane Stewart
I wanted it to be over. Too much telling, not showing. The physical book is better than the audiobook.

I do not recommend this as an audiobook. It should be read, not listened to for three reasons. The first problem is knowing if something is a vision or is happening. For example Aren is talking to a man, has a vision, and then continues talking to him. At first I thought the entire thing was conversation. Then I realized, no she was having a vision in the middle of the convers
The Hob's Bargain is a high fantasy that focuses on a small farming valley and a small town with medieval-type trades. There's supposedly a lord who should be protecting the people, but a magical disaster has cut the valley off and the people are on their own. The disaster awakens old magic, some friendly and some feral, so the townsfolk are suddenly dealing with a resurgence in angry Fae as well as an army of raiders.

What makes the story interesting is the mish-mash of old magical creatures ru
Hob’s Bargain is a great story. Aren, the main character – grows a lot throughout the book starting out a a scared girl that was unwilling to accept herself and her magic. However, she learns to accept herself and the powers she has and makes a new friend along the way. Some of my favorite scenes in the book were when Aren and Caefawn spent time in their lessons. I wish there was more time devoted to her time spent with Caefawn but I understand it’s hard to include EVERYTHING in one book.

The st
In Aren's country you've got two choices if you have magical abilities: Either you become a blood mage - evil and mad sorcerers that draw on pain and misery - or you're used as fodder and die hideously. If you're a woman, the choice is made for you. That's why Aren guards the secret of her unreliable magical sight closely and lives as unobtrusively as possible.

When a fight between blood mages wipes out whole provinces and destroys any semblance of order, the once dormant supernatural inhabitants
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A favorite of mine. I absolutely adore this book and have re-read it several times. I just love the interaction between Aren(great name BTW) and the Hob. How he uses his tail to flirt is just too cute :)...Wish there was a sequel to this one...
This was a pretty easy read, but no where near as suspenseful, grabbing, and interesting as Brigg's other books. Sadly, it was pretty disappointing, but them again it is also one of her earlier works.

I found the characters to be drab, their relationships rushed, and the way to much time devoted to descriptions of the lands, which I know is important in fantasy books but was still overdone.
Blodeuedd Finland

This is a stand alone world, and it's very very light fantasy.


Aren has the sight but that doesn't help her when her family is slaughtered by raiders. At the same time the magic that binds that earth snaps, and releases all sorts of beings, nasty hobgoblings, spirits, and a hob. The world is not as it used to be and now her village is plagued by weird beings and raiders. Aren decides to take destiny in her own hands and strikes a deal with the hob living on the mountain. But some bargains ar
Genre: Fantasy

I thought the basic concept of this world was interesting: long in the past humans and magic creatures were at war. Humanity was loosing so they took a drastic action – they cast a spell binding all the magic in the land, which means that people only have minor magical gifts. The only people who can do big magic are the blood mages who gain power by torturing people. People with minor magic gifts are a prosecuted group – the rule of the land is become a blood-mage or die. At the ve
Wonderful fantasy story, filled with interesting creatures, action, and even a gentle love story. My entire family has read this book, so this is suitable, and enjoyable, for most readers 13 and up.
An unexceptional little standalone fantasy story. Briggs is a good writer, but this is just not the kind of story I enjoy, particularly since it includes lots of fey-like creatures.
Centuries ago, in the world where Aren lives, the wild magic was bound by the death spells of human bloodmages. Mageborn people still exist, but they have only two choices in life: either you die, or you become a bloodmage who use the magic of death and pain to fuel their spells. That’s how it was… until one day the spells tying the wild magic were unbound.

Aren makes a very good hero; I love her so much because it's easy to relate to her. Aren feels so much like a real person – she grieves the l
I absolutely love Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books, but those are all Urban Fantasy, so I decided to give one of her Fantasy novels a try.

The Hob's Bargain is very different from Briggs' UF books, but I totally fell in love with it.

Aren is a wonderful and strong heroine. She is shunned by most people in her village because of her magical gift and some even would want to see her dead. Still she doesn't feel hate and isn't looking for revenge. Instead she uses her powers to help sa
For the first chapter of this book, I wasn't sure I was going to finish it because of the brutal, heartbreaking violence. I am very glad I continued. By the middle of this book, I could not put it down. It's a stand alone novel, and makes sense that way, which leaves me feeling bitter-sweet. I really enjoyed the hob character and would have loved to see more of him. The heroine, a witch, was very well developed. I loved her conscious. She struggled to make the right decisions in an enlightening ...more
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all ...more
Nancy O'Toole
Aren is lives in a world where those with magic are given a choice: either they can agree to become a bloodmage, a dark magician, or they can die. As a result, Aren keeps her gift of the sight a secret from even those closest to her. Then her village is attacked by raiders, leaving her husband and family murdered. When old magic is released upon the land, Aren will have to step up and make her abilities known. To help bring her village back together, she strikes a deal with the mysterious Hob, b ...more
Contrary to what I've heard and what the back cover says at the top of this book, I didn't find this story all that much beauty and the beast. Yes, the love interest is "different" looking while Aren is a pretty female but other than that it lacked the other elements to make me consider this a beauty and the beast story.

But that didn't lower my enjoyment of this book at all. In fact, I rather adored this book. The world Briggs built is amazing and left me wanting to know more about it. She also
Janice (Janicu)
This is one of Patricia Brigg's earlier works (I think her 4th book possibly), and it is stand alone. It centers around a woman - Aren, with slight magepowers - the power of Sight specifically. In her world, women with such power are killed and men with it are forced to choose between becoming a bloodmage (an evil, much feared mage) or death. When her brother's power was discovered, he choose death while Aren continued to hide her ability. One day she has a vision but again suppresses it at a ve ...more
One of my favorite books by Patricia Briggs, and indeed, one of my favorite books, period. Here is a brief synopsis of the story.
Aren of Fallbrook, recently married, loses her husband to raiders--just before she 'sees' bits of what might happen--too late to help. The raiders are a huge problem for her small village--but the bloodmages are also a big danger, as they take away likely children as their apprentices--who, like the bloodmages, gradually sink into madness caused by their magic.
Really 3.5*

This is a straight fantasy book set in a different world. Yes, they have horses and a feudal type system, they also have Bloodmages and earth/mountain/river spirits and various guardians.

The Hob, Caefawn, is the mountain's guardian/minion and the last of his kind. Aren, a farmer's daughter newly married has the 'sight'. This is bad cause all mageborn have been taken to be used by the Bloodmages.

On the day after her marriage, everything goes to hell. (view spoiler)
Kevin Rubin
"The Hob's Bargain" wasn't too bad a fantasy novel, but seemed pretty incomplete.

Aren of Fallbrook, a small village, finds out she has realistic, mystical visions during an attack on her family's farm by raiders, killing her parents, siblings and husband of one night. From there she has to use her newfound magic to make alliances with mythical creatures and somehow make peace with the villagers who hate magic and consider it evil, while defending the village from raiders.

Aren's emotions didn't s
This was the first book I've read by Patricia Briggs, and I really enjoyed it. The world was very unique yet still had familiar concepts to me, since I have read a great many fantasy/high fantasy novels. I liked the treatment of magic, the characters, and how the author drew upon magical creatures that have appeared in other stories and added her own flare to them.

Aren was an interesting, humorous, strong heroine, which is why I wished I had gotten to know her a little more before the rest of t
One of my book buddies got me to read this book. It was in a stack of books that she let me borrow. It was the last book I read in the group; admittedly I was a little scared to read it and almost didn't. Why? Looked to Sci-Fi for me -too other for my reading tastes. Boy was I wrong!!! When I finished the book, I went looking to see if there was a second...I'm still shocked there is not a second book. There was closure at the end of the book, but it still left it open. I could hardly put this bo ...more
Sharon Michael
Recommended by a friend and loved it. Definitely going on my bookshelf as a re-read, great characters, standard plot but well written and the storyline moves well.
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Being a fan of Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series, I thought I'd try out something from her back catalogue of fantasy, and although I liked the story, it felt rushed, sometimes dry, with characters that needed fleshing out.

I can see that Briggs has made huge progress in her writing style since this one, but on the whole it was a little disappointing to read something below the level of quality I've come to expect from such a great author. I hope she one day revisits and updates
It's surprising that this is the same author that wrote the Moon Called Series (the one with the racey covers). This book is well-written, though a little confusing at the beginning. It's not high fantasy, but pretty close. The main character, Aren, is a bloodmage. She struggles against her powers, because she knows that to embrace them means madness. But when her village is threatened by raiders and other wildlings that have awaken, she makes a bargain with the powerful Hob. Hob looks like a ma ...more
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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