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The Jongurian Mission by Greg Strandberg
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bookshelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy, fantasy-adventure

**review of an older edition. the book has since been revised/is undergoing revision**

Young Bryn thinks he's going to spend the rest of his life moving rocks on his uncle's farm. Then his other uncle, an Adjurian trade official, shows up saying it's time Bryn saw the world. Bryn goes with his uncle to an important trade conference in the capital city, then on a trade mission to one-time enemy Jonguria, where things turn far more dangerous and deadly than you would expect from a simple trade mission.

The book starts out heavy on description, worldbuilding, backstory, and politics and moves kind of slow until the trade mission arrives in Jonguria and stumbles into a nefarious plot, at which point the story really picks up steam as the Adjurians, including Bryn, have to flee for their lives from a band of rebel/gangsters through the harsh and unfamiliar landscape of Jonguria. To be honest, I ended up skimming large parts of the first half, but the final chase and fights kept me glued to the book until the end, which is really more of an intriguing lead-in to book 2.

I will say that the worldbuilding, history, and political/economic aspects are very detailed and well-thought-out, and readers who appreciate fantasy with a heavy emphasis on those things will find this book interesting.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 15, 2015 – Finished Reading
March 18, 2015 – Shelved
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: epic-fantasy
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy-adventure

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