The Baker's Boy the Baker's Boy (The Book of Words #1)
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
An exciting epic fantasy!
This trilogy is a complex series of plot lines that all intertwine with each other forming a beautiful story. Each chapter bounces from one character to another as we learn more and more about them and the world they live in. The characters quickly become real and just as quickly I learned to either love them or hate them. Jack, the baker's boy, became my favorite character and I am very much enjoying how he is developing.
The writing is fantastic. Though this first bo
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
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
I would read the next one, But not expecting anything ...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 t ...more
At about 2am this morning I finally laid The Baker’s Boy to rest. As the first of ...more
Jacks understanding of what he had done in the kitchen and his decision to leave the castle felt rushed.
- Tawl started out a little weak as a character but once more of his backstory was revealed he became much more interesting, although his character Arc is filled with deus ex machina first megan the frankly ridiculously helpful passerby, and then the a fortune teller pointing him in the right direction.
Baralis as a antagonist is a little confusing he seems like he's m ...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
granted, i liked much of the way things were written, i just wasn't invested or even particularly interested in the story, especially by ...more
I kept with the book longer than I probably should have in the hopes that once the back story and world were setup that maybe it would start to flow and focus in on one of the character's journeys instead. If the book does, it's more than 150 pages in and I couldn't suffer through it any longer ...more
ok, so this is a funny book, I would almost swear it was written by two different authors. the first three quarters were written by someone young and inexperienced, the use of language is poor, the characters are cartoons and the plot is hackneyed. This improves over the last quarter. the second book in the series is far better from the start.
I am guessing that Jones had the manuscript for this sitting in a drawer for a long time before reworking the end and send ...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||61||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