The Baker's Boy (Book of Words #1)
At vast Castle Harvell, Where King Lesketh lies dying, two fates collide. In her regal suite, young Melliandra, the daughter of an influential lord, rebels against her forced betrothal to the sinister Pr ...more
Then we have Melli, the pampered noble princess that wants to be more. That is, she wants to have her very own personality. She doesn't want to marry the ...more
Jack a "lowly baker's boy" finds himself in the center of plots, danger and intrigue. You'll see some characters who look a bit familiar here (I really don't care for the word "trope")I think as you follow Jack and Melliandra aka Melli (a strong willed rebellious young wom ...more
Looks like plenty of other people have covered the basics.
Hmmm, looking over the highlights, this is how I feel about the story:
SHORT WORD FEELING: Gritty, excellent characterization, lacking in concept and structure at times
CONCEPT: Two fates collide at the castle of the King, a noble girl and a baker's boy. Both desire to escape from their particular lives and do so amidst all the political intrigue. (Nothing really big actually ha ...more
I went into this knowing that it was the first book in a trilogy, and that it would be mostly setup for the other two books in the series. I went into this knowing that it was very standard, crunchy granola fantasy. A coming of age story with a pretty girl met by chance on the road, stereotypical villains, a coming of age type quest, stuff like that. But... Come on. Nothing happened in this book! And when I say nothing, I mean nothing. Nothing was resolved ...more
A review I read previously on another one of J.V. Jones' works mentioned it was boring and flat, so it was more an accident than anything that I ended up picking this book on my last trip to the library. And I'm glad, because this was rather a pleasant surprise.
Rather than flat, I found the characters quite interesting, with their own personalities, character traits and issues to deal with. Jones is obviously better at developing her villains; I found Baralis and Maybor (his be ...more
I would read the next one, But not expecting anything ...more
The story overall is a lot of fun; I'm not going to deny it. I loved Maybor and Baralis' scheming, and Tawl was a fascinating character. But this book is so clogged up with unnecessary and repeated exposition that I wanted to bash my head against a brick wall. Rescued from the slush pile? Well believe me, it shows.
Large portions of the book are given over to characters repeating the goings on to each other - goings on which the reader already knows, becaus ...more
The characters were all great, believable and more than anything interesting. They had all clearly defined personalities, and everything that happened seemed natural. Not forced, or coerced. As a result the story flowed really well and it was easy to get lost in the fictional world provid ...more
This one was quite a surprise. I first picked it up as a distraction from all the grand stories and classics I've been reading recently, and - though the cover names it "the #1 national fantasy bestseller" - did not expect it to be a particularly pleasant read. (Baker's) Boy, was I proven wrong!
My first misjudgment was believing it would be an innocent novel, mostly because of the softly drawn cover. Okay, let's get it over with: yes, I judged a book by its cover. And I was proven the very oppos...more
It certainly sets the book apart from what I have been reading in recent times. The book's beginnings remind me of Salvatore's Magician series, with a protagonist not know ...more
The problems, for me, were in the two main characters, Jack (the baker's boy of the title) and Melli, the daughter of a Lord. They seemed a bit flat and one-dimensional: Jack was the lowly kitchen boy with an unknown and powerful talent he can't easily control, an ...more
This book has like 5 different plot lines.
The bakers boy-Jack works for Barralis (or something like that) by writting scripts etc. then suddenly he has magical powers and is forced to run because socery is witchey and he would be burned or killed. When he escapes he bumps in to Melli which is a lady who is running away from being married to a wretched man, who happens to be secretly Barralis' son, anyway, Jack and h ...more
It has all the right elements of your archetypal fantasy novel: a knight, a young thief, a young and powerful reluctant sorcerer who may be the chosen one of prophecy, a runaway future Queen, an evil sorcerer, an evil priest-sorcerer, a benevolent wiseman...
But it's just that obsession with following the archetypes that makes the story fall ...more
Some specifics.... I found it really funny that Jones was clearly trying to set up the classic fantasy journey in the f ...more
This book established an interesting dream world, w ...more
At about 2am this morning I finally laid The Baker’s Boy to rest. As the first of ...more
It was not a good book.
I would not go so far as to say it was a horrible book (a description I reserve for 1-star ratings and the majority of fanfiction), but it is a bad book. It suffers from a number of major problems, ranging from technical writing issues to poor story decisions, any one of which could perhaps be forgiven on its own if the rest of the book was strong enough to support it, but it isn't. It does not surprise me that this is the ...more
Each chapter is divided among all protagonists, be it Tawl the knight, the chancelor Baralis, his enemy the Lord Maybor and his own daughter Melli, and then Jack the baker boy. To be honest I greatly prefer having one POV by chapter rather than switching characters every two pages. Baralis and Maybor are two devious and powerful lords that are at each other's throat tr ...more
|What's The Name o...: old fantasy series I read about ten years ago, really long, with magic, CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE GRRR [s]||4||59||May 29, 2013 11:36AM|
All three books in The Book Of Words Trilogy are #1 national bestsellers, and have been bought for publication in England, Poland, Russia, Germany, France and Holland. Her fifth book, ...more