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Huw the Bard: A Tale of Billy's Revenge Paperback – April 5, 2014
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About the Author
Connie J Jasperson lives and writes in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, eleven grandchildren and a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, and is the Olympia area municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo. Music and food dominate her waking moments and when not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly. You can find her blogging at: Life in the Realm of Fantasy http://conniejjasperson.wordpress.com Tower of Bones Series – Book I, 'Tower of Bones' takes the reader to the world of Neveyah, where the Gods are at war and one man holds the key to winning that battle. Book II, 'Forbidden Road' is the follow-up, and picks up the story six years after the end of Book I, Tower of Bones. 'Tales from the Dreamtime,' a novella consisting of two short stories and one novella of new fairy-tales told in a traditional style. Tales From Billy’s Revenge Series – 'Huw, the Bard' takes you to the world of Waldeyn, and a medieval alternate reality. Fleeing a burning city, everything he ever loved in ashes behind him, penniless and hunted, Huw the Bard must somehow survive.
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The tale opens with Huw's escape from what he soon learns is an attack intended to wipe out the whole guild of bards. Running for his life, Huw enters one adventure after another, pretending to be one character or another to gain food, shelter, and other favors. Gradually his forlorn nature grows into a heroic persona and he is filled with the urgency to right wrongs and revenge his father and others who have died at the hands of the evil duke.
Taking this as a fantasy novel, all the tropes of the minstrel adventurer have been used quite effectively. I was able to fully enter that world and become one of its close observers. By the middle of the book I was at a point where I wanted to shout at Huw not to open that door or cross that bridge or speak to that damsel. Huw is quite the ribald character! He reminded me of me in my own youth.
There are sex scenes and scenes of violence, but for anyone familiar with medieval life, much of that kind of action was commonplace. However, as the author has depicted them, they are not gratuitous or overly graphic. Much of the time they exist to further the point of Huw's transformation from someone who merely played at life to someone who must make life right for everyone around him, the apotheosis of the hero.
The only real flaws come when a word or casual expression of modern origin is occasionally used. Although it may have taken me momentarily out of that Medieval world, it was in no way a hindrance to enjoyment of Huw's adventures. I strongly recommend HUW THE BARD to all lovers of heroic fantasy, Medieval history, or gallivanting, ribald episodes. Well done!
It begins with Huw's fiancee Sinean dressing him up as a woman (any book starting off with bawdy cross-dressing earns an extra star in my Kindle) moves to a terrible inferno started by the Crows to kill most of the Bards Guild, and hurtles into an amazing adventure. Huw himself is dazed as he must leave Sinean and go on the road in order to save his skin and fight against those who caused the conflagration.
I thoroughly enjoyed Huw and must admit to quite a large crush on the long-haired singer. I'm not the only one, as many others fall victim to his curls and sweet voice in the book. I also loved the female characters - they are fierce, strong, and independent, and they insist on carrying the threads of their own fates. No simpering misses within the pages of a Jasperson novel. What happens to Ilene is terrible, but she and Huw overcome her terror together; that part of the book was riveting.
Furthermore, the background and history are so well thought-out it is difficult to emerge from the story. I found myself sneaking a few extra pages at the bust stop, in line at the grocery store, and of course past my bedtime to find out what happened to Huw and Sir Julian.
If you enjoy medieval history or simply great characters and a rollicking plot, I highly recommend this book as a wonderful read.
One thing that I really appreciated was how the author took chances in creating a world that was realistic in its violence, of not shying away from showing the horrors that exist in every world, horrors that many authors choose to gloss over in the hopes of not offending a reader. Conversely, the author also chose to create characters filled with light and joy to offset the the sometimes dark world in which they live. This sense of strength in writing was what brought the story to life for me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great fantasy!
Dean Lappi, author of the Aleph Null Chronicles
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