Welcome to another Fantasy Friday!
I first read The Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs several years ago, just after I’d started reading the third Mercy Thompson book, Iron Kissed. I fell in love with the characters, the world, and wish to this day that she’d write a sequel.
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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 family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains. But the Hob is the last of his kind. And he will exact a heavy price to defend the village-a price Aren herself must pay…
This book is a strong case of an author who’s a fantastic storyteller. The moment I started reading this book I was drawn into the world and very quickly fell into it. I read the entire thing in one sitting. It was much the same for me when I read her Aralorn books (Masques and Wolfsbane).
Aren is a great character, and easy to relate to. I loved her interactions with the rest of the cast, especially the Hob 🙂 I won’t get too spoilery in this post, but I will say that Aren’s inner strength is what really pulled me in. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to save her village, even at great cost to herself. But the deal struck with the Hob takes interesting turns, and I found myself loving him as well but for different reasons than I love Aren.
This is not epic fantasy, or, not what I consider epic. But it is well worth the read if you want to get lost in a wonderfully spun tale with magic, loss, action, and humor.