Really very good, despite not quite being my usual fare. Fairly standard sort of pig-boy start, but the with the unusual inclusion of artistic ability, being a companion for a vocal storyteller. The setting is the west coast of County Claire in Ireland, in some pseudo Iron Age times. Metal work of any kind exists but is rare and precious. Most villagers live hard subsistence lives, hand to mouth in small tribes and clans. Religion and superstition rule widespread. Our hero Aengus lives with his drunken father, in a small village. The father works off his debts and villagers aren't too concerned. However when they visit a small local town, he is only saved from a savage beating by the intervention of Bruchan, who buys Aengus off him as an indentured servant for the wild tribes who follow the Wolf god. Bruchan is a storyteller too, and Aengus' native artistic talent starts to reveal his unexpected heritage. However it's a fierce time, and the factions within the Wolf clan lead to violence Aengus needs more than just paint to help his new family survive. I really enjoyed this. The setting of the dramatic broken lands and islands of the Burren was great. Some of the more mystic inclusions seem a bit odd. I don't knwo why the pirates have to be dwarves, nothing they do seems to add to their non-human status. The characters work well and the action fast paced but controlled. I'm always a little dubious about a pigboy start and some of the scenes with the interventionist gods were a little bit odd but generally the engaging writing made up for it. THere's a few distracting instances of foreshadowing, some of which seem to predict events that turn-up in later books (or not at all?) but generally well written. First of a trilogy it ends well enough on it's own, but distinctly leaves you wanting to read more to find out what happens.
About This Item
This story starts with...
This story starts with Aengus being bought by a storyteller from his drunkard of a father after the storyteller notices his talents for painting with sand. He is brought to a secluded society that live on an island, introduced to the villain, learns new skills including painting and learns he may be part of a prophecy of the return of the gods & goddesses. I enjoyed reading this story. It is a classic fantasy tale that moves a bit slowly at times. I am hoping to find the next book in the series.
The Boy From the Burre...
The Boy From the Burren: The First Book of the Painter (The Book of the Painter #1) by Sheila Gilluly To be completely honest I would have loved more back story or description or something in this book. I really liked the idea and play out of the whole story but I feel I got lost a bit in the middle. The beginning and ending had me not wanting to put the book down at all and parts throughout but some areas were a little fuzzy for me. Also I am kind of wondering about the painting and how it was done (I am going to look this up, very interesting to me). I had a hard time picturing a story teller with a painter when I'm not sure how the painting is done on the ground and still have an audience be able to see the painting unless they are elevated and the painter below them. Still I loved the book! And look forward to reading more about The Painter.
I really enjoyed this ...
I really enjoyed this book. I am, however, disappointed to find out it is first in a series and difficult to find the remaining books. The story read well and the characters were interesting. I want to know more about what happens next. While it follows the format of build up, climax and anticlimax, the story is not ended, IMHO, and without the remaining books available (even if as some reviews state not that good), I feel it is incomplete.
I really enjoyed this ...
I really enjoyed this book! The storyline and characters kept me engaged and it was one of those books where I felt pulled into the story, and I couldn't stop reading! I can't wait to see what happens in the remaining stories! **i received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Get specific details about this product from customers who own it.