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This book is funny, action packed and absolutely enthralling. Had me hooked from the first page and I ended up reading the full book in 2 days. Normally I only read books a chapter or 2 at a time. Love it from start to finish.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I have bought from T. Kingfisher. While short, the immediate world of our hero, young Oliver and his armadillo familiar are brought to life in gritty detail. His adventures and problem solving as he winds his way to the mountains to fetch the rain clouds for the village keeps the reader engaged.
T.Kingfisher knows how to tell a complete and fulfilling tale. Whether in her longer books, or here. I am an adult, and I loved the way the 12 year old mage and his armadillo were tackling very real problems (like a while town bullying them), trying to understand and solve big and smaller problems, and have a lot of adventures on a quest. Well written, sympathetic, with lovely twists and unexpected solutions, a wonderful book for one evening. Read Nine Goblins, too, they are completely different but just as fun.
What a wonderful little book! Utterly enjoyable with an absurd and profound sense of humour - but also loveable characters and a deeper message. Oliver - a very minor mage - has to go on a quest to get rain to his village that is plagued by a severe draught. He is joined by Eglamarck, his familiar armadillo and Trebastion, a teenage minstrel with a very inconvenient magic talent: making harps out of the bones of murdered people. Followed by a wide range of foes (The Bryerslys - a pair of ghuls, a bunch of well-meaning bandits, Mayor Stern - a murderer accused by Trebastion's instruments) and assisted by some unexpected friends, they make their way through the forest to the mountains.