- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480010804
- ISBN-13: 978-1480010802
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,604,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I would recommend Fox's Bride to readers who like be challenged, readers that are prepared to work for their reward and do not like being spoon-fed. Marling's imagination is impressive and using words he paints extremely vivid mental images that will stay with you long after finishing the last page." - Fantasy Book Review
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Hiresha has less than a week to get out of this engagement, and stop the man behind it, or else she'll be buried alive with her fiancée. It'll take magic and might, and yes, the Lord of Feast, to solve this one.
The story was fun, but what I enjoyed more was the development of the characters. Hiresha slowly comes to terms with who she is and how she fits (or doesn't) into societal roles. Her guard, who is the epitome of dumb muscle, comes to lear to take an active role in his life. And Maid Janny? Well some things never change.
This was a fitting sequel to Brood of Bones. I hope the author keeps them coming.
Hiresha is her usual brilliant and grumpy self. You realize she's evolving as a character when you crack open the first page. That's a bonus. I love my characters flawed but I like it when they learn from their mistakes.
The plot of this story seems a bit contrived but when you get behind the mystery you want to find out more about these once-human "gods" who are worshiped in the Lands of Loam, and why anyone would want to harm them.
I enjoyed how this story isn't told through only Hiresha's point of view. It's refreshing for one. Being stuck in Hiresha's head all the time can get tedious but at least her egos keep up the humor where Maid Janny can't follow. Being in Chandur's head was a test. I couldn't decide if I liked him or not and I hate love triangles. He reminds me of Captain Phoebus from Victor Hugo's Hunchback, or some airhead quarterback on the football team. Great in every way and extremely loyal but a little light between the ears.
The Lord of the Feast only makes a cameo appearance of sorts in this book. There isn't enough of him in my opinion, but then again, these books aren't about the romance. It's about the evolution of Hiresha and her companions. Sadly, that also means less of Maid Janny, but Janny still has some serious laugh out loud moments.
We are introduced to new characters in this book, which is fine. You love to hate them. But they don't get their come uppance and you wonder if the author has more in store for them later (it's true, they are in the other books).
Overall, 4/5 stars for the wit, the excitement, and the fast thinking/clever heroine with a lovely supporting cast. A lot of the story revolved around Hiresha's magic and the magic of the realm. The descriptions are very detailed and because they occur on multiple planes/dimensions it's difficult to follow the characters into each maze of the pyramids. You really have to wrap your head around the magic and accept it in all its upside-down & inside-out glory in order to be satisfied with this book.
There was however, a lot, I mean A LOT of zombies, mummies, blood, guts, mummified guts, running from guards, chasing, more running from mummies, slippery possession/mind-control, and RUNNING in this book. As much as you wanted to skim through all that RUNNING, you needed to pay attention because the change in narrative, plot devices and key events occur when you least expect it so you can't skim/rush through the pages even if you get tired from all the RUNNING.
A good read for fantasy fans and a must buy for Hiresha's fans.
I also enjoy the main character, Hiresha, as I find her intelligent and inventive, and much less rigid in this outing than in "Brood of Bones" (though even that initial rigidity was understandable, given her background). So why only three stars? First of all, I save my five-star ratings for things like "To Kill a Mockingbird", so in general, four is my ceiling. And this book slid a little because of the near-absence of one character from the first book, and the heavy presence of a new one who, in my opinion, was missing some back-story. The character I missed was the Lord of the Feast; I felt that much of the dramatic tension of the first book was owing to the complicated, enticing and possibly-perilous nature of his relations with Hiresha. And I was initially taken aback by the frequent appearance of Chandur, who was mentioned briefly in the first book as the son of someone Hiresha had once had romantic leanings toward. I felt like we didn't know Chandur well enough, or care about his concerns deeply enough, before he began to carry some of the narrative, and although I warmed to him, knowing Hiresha's history with his parents makes the relationship between she and Chandur just a little creepy to me. I can understand that Chandur's frequent appearance, and the near-absence of the Lord of the Feast, is probably setting up future plotlines, but it made this book just a little less smooth than the first one for me, and I wound up not being quite as deeply engaged.
I still recommend this book, and this author. If Amazon had such a thing, I would have rated this three-and-a-half stars, since the world is highly original, the plot was solidly paced, and the characters were likable. Reading it was a very pleasurable way to spend a rainy afternoon.