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Bronwyn's Bane (Argonia #3)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  16 reviews
As if it wasn't bad enough already that because of her frost giant heritage from her father the king's side of the family she was 6 feet tall when she was only 12 years old, poor Princess Bronwyn (the Bold) of Argonia was cursed at birth to tell nothing but lies. With her father away at war and her mother heavily pregnant, Bronwyn is even more in the way than usual, so she ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1983)
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Kelley Ceccato
This is a comic fantasy from the 1980s. Somehow I feel that a lot about the book, good and bad, could be summed up in those few words.

The Good:
The characters are very engaging (or at least have the potential to be so). I found Bronwyn a delight. Honestly, how many fantasy novels feature a bluff, good-natured giantess as their heroine? One who must labor under the burden of a most provoking but interesting curse, never to speak the absolute truth? Her wily song-witch cousin Carole made a pleasing
This was a bit difficult to follow - the heroine has a curse of always lying, so she often says the opposite of what she means, sometimes just something ridiculous. Lots of fantasy creatures, the main plot difficult to follow behind other sub-plots. Very complex, and characters each with as many quirks as redeeming characteristics. Hats off to Scarborough for finally being able to tie things together at the end! I only persevered because of my sense of loyalty to Scarborough as an author; howeve ...more
Bronwyn is not a typical princess. She is big. She is a little clumsy at times, and can only ever tell lies. This does not present too much of a problem for her cousin, whom she is sent off to "visit"...her cousin Carole picks up easily enough on the curse and is able to just reverse everything Bronwyn says. Their adventure takes them over seas and across mountains. I found this book both funny and charming, a wonderful fantasy to add to any collection.
I thought this was quite good, but felt a bit let down. There didn't seem to be a lot of 'point' to the story - the characters just fell into one event after the next with no real conscious will. I hate to sound like me English teacher, but the characters didn't really develop at all, which left me disappointed. Saying that, I did enjoy the read and thought it was quite funny in places, but isn't one of those books that is going to stay with me.
Given the silliness of the plot and the colorful contents of the plot, this ought to be super-entertaining. But the prose is so poorly written that I have to read everything twice just to figure out what's going on. Also, I can't for the life of me muster any feelings at all about any of teh characters.

It may be the perfect bedtime book though: it's mildly entertaining, puts me to sleep quickly, and I don't care what happens in the meantime.
Light fun fantasy with sly humor. Bronwyn, is not like other princesses. She is big, brawny and has been cursed at birth with a spell that makes her tell nothing but lies.

When war breaks out she is sent by the Queen to live with her cousin Carole, but soon the cousins go on an adventure themselves.

This is essentially a comedy of manners in fantasy.
She was cursed (by an evil fairy of course) at her christening to always tell a lie so this leads to every manner of farcical setting. Delightful!
It's been a very long time since I read this but I remember that I liked it. A fantasy with good story telling. Might contain a little adult content?
I tought this would be a cute farce, but please don't waste your time. COuldn't bring mysel to finish it. It goes way past farce to boring and juvenile.
Just found her back list on Smashwords ---- YEAH!!!!
I love this book but it has been a long time since I read it.
Arlene Allen
I've been reading Elizabeth Ann Scarborough for 27 years now? Scary!!
Lenny Husen
It was just OK. Blah story. But the cover art is amazing!!!
Began reading on July 15, 2010. A fun, nonsense fairy tale. 3 stars.
A great adventure.
Girl power fantasy!
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Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was born March 23, 1947, and lives in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Elizabeth won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer's War, and has written more than a dozen other novels. She has collaborated with Anne McCaffrey, best-known for creating the Dragonriders of Pern, to produce the Petaybee Series and the Acorna Series.
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