Friday, August 10, 2012
Tracy & Laura Hickman's Eventide ~ Reviewed
By Tracy & Laura Hickman
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (June 5, 2012)
When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories to the fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten.
Eventually running out of tales to share, he makes a deal with the dragon: for his freedom, he will return with new sagas of adventure, romance, and bravery. Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of one man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With wish-women, gnomes, a centaur farmer, a resident Gossip Fairy, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going on to keep the Dragon's Bard busy collecting—especially if he can liven up those adventures a bit with his own ridiculous plots.
Jarod Klum, a young man in love. Caprice Morgan, keeper of a broken
wishing well. Aren Bennis, a mysterious centaur farmer whom people
only think that they know. These are but a few residents of the quite
little town of Eventide. A town which Edvard the Dragon's Bard and his faithful apprentice Able have decided to visit next in their quest to
gather stories for the great Dragonking Khrag.
Eventide is an excellent book that manages to mix just the right amount of fantasy to story. It is undoubtably a character driven book that breaks the mold of violent battles and powerful wizards which seems to shape most other books of its type. From Boars island (which has no boars) to the secret black guild (which everyone knows about) Eventide presents an excellent read for both the fantasy expert and that person you just can't get to read Eragon.
Reviewed by: Jayshua Nelson