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A good start to an imporving trilogy,
This review is from: The Baker's Boy: Book 1 of the Book of Words (Paperback)
In this, the first of Jones' Book of Words trilogy, the strengths and weakness of her series are well established. The principle weakness is that it is really too reminiscent in both style and plot to Tad William's Dragon Bone chair series. The greatest strength is that Jones does the whole thing rather better. Where William's novels had something of a habit of dragging on and on, Jones keeps the writing much tighter and leavens the mix with a much lighter touch. She has a nice wry wit and her characters are thoroughly engaging. The villains and the heroes are depicted in terms that gives them a clarity and complexity well above that seen in most fantasy fiction. She writes a very good fight and has developed an intriguing world.
The second and third books of the series are better than the first, as her command and sureness of touch increase. She one of the best authors to emerge in the genre in the last ten years and I look forward to reading many more works by her.