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Author: Jody Lynn Nye
ISBN: 0765314339
Subcategory: United States
Pages 400 pages
Publisher Tor Books; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
Language English
Category: Fiction
Rating: 4.3
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activity was going on around her, and she itched to be part of it. Every corner of the kitchen was full of gigantic pots and stacks of trenchers and dishes. The twin footmen polished mountains of silver cutlery. The housemaids carried piles of linens up the stairs and made up dozens of beds in the guest rooms.

The Unexpected Apprentice is a fast-paced fantasy adventure full of warm, engaging characters and gentle humor. Jody Lynn Nye lives in Illinois and has collaborated with Anne McCafferty on several books. I had a lot of fun with it, and you will, to. -Harry Turtledove "I've always wondered what The Hobbit might have been like if Bilbo had been a gir. ow I know.

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An Unexpected Apprentice (2007) is the first fantasy novel in a new series. It is set in a world with smallfolks and wizards. If it reminds you of Lord of the Rings, surely it is a case of convergent evolution.

Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats. When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories. Thanks for stopping by! I’m Jody Lynn Nye, writer of science fiction and fantasy, humorous and dramatic (but mostly humorous) novels and short stories. Here you will find excerpts of my work to read, some audio to listen to, and my bookshelf to browse, as well as news on upcoming publications.

Jody Lynn Nye (born 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American science fiction writer. She is the author or co-author of approximately forty published novels and more than 100 short stories. She has specialized in science fiction or fantasy action novels and humor. Her humorous series range from contemporary fantasy (The Magic Touch and Mythology 101) to military science fiction (Strong Arm Tactics and a new series beginning with View from the Imperium).

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Jody Lynn Nye lives in Illinois with her husband and two cats of superior bearing. Her numerous works of science fiction and fantasy include An Unexpected Apprentice and its sequel, A Forthcoming Wizard, Applied Mythology, Advanced Mythology, and others

Jody Lynn Nye lives in Illinois with her husband and two cats of superior bearing. Her numerous works of science fiction and fantasy include An Unexpected Apprentice and its sequel, A Forthcoming Wizard, Applied Mythology, Advanced Mythology, and others. She has collaborated with New York Times best-selling author Anne McCaffrey on The Death of Sleep, The Ship Who Won, Doona and other novels, and with another New York Times best-selling author, Robert Asprin, on books in his MythÓ series.

Halfling Tildi Summerbee has led a typical, unexcitinglife, tending the house for her brothers while they manage the family farm. Her days are boring, but happy...until a Thraik attack decimates her family.
The main character seems to revert back to timid at every threat, even though she has taken amazing steps toward controling her life. The choices she - and others - make just don't ring true to me. I think if Tildi, Magpie, and Inbecca were portrayed as younger it would make more sense (although that could be problematical for Magpie's backstory).
While this tale owes a lot to the Tolkein model, recasting it for a female lead is a very nice change. While JRR was drawing so much from his war-time experience in WW1 to inform that series, this book owes a lot more to events and problems that relate to a modern reader. It does seem to drag occasionally, and I can't quite tell if it is a deliberate echo of Tolkein, or the author's own style. Other works by her don't drag as much, so I suspect the core was written earlier. I do recommend it, just for seeing a more balanced view of that kind of world and culture...

Too bad it isn't in print in paperback.
For one thing, the young hero that goes off on a quest isn't a hero, but a heroine. Her name is Tildi, and she's not a lost human princess, either. She a hafling. And she's wonderful! I love this book. I love the characters, especially Tildi and Olen. I also love the world they inhabit and its multi-faceted, multi-magicalspecies citizens. I think Charming, and "I want more, Jody!" sums up my opinion.
I love the author's works. Try the sequel. Good plot lines. Only two in this series. This is her latest works.
A very safe, soft fantasy - standard quest/coming of age formula, slow moving, little violence, no love interest for the main character and all other love interests are ages old. Standard magic, standard monsters, standard races. Some unique twists on implementation; the descriptions of runes being the heart of everything is lyrical.

Main character is a female whose family is destroyed, but reaction after the first horrific day is "I've moved on, that is the past". I like the fact she can stand on her own feet, willing to fight, but still can cook and clean with the best because she likes to help people. Too often a fantasy woman is only a warrior or wizard.

The problem is the book is a little too safe and soft for this long-time reader and I got to page 260 of 450 before deciding I just didn't care about the characters enough. Not enough peril, not enough fear, not enough emotions.

A pleasant read and the first of a series, but nothing to write home about or remember. The Wizard of Oz and Ozma of Oz had more danger and feeling and if you want a strong main, youngish female character on a fantasy quest I would recommend that instead.
At first, I found the book too derivative for words - Tildi's life in the Quarters ("smallfolk", by the way, does not fool anyone) reminded me an awful lot of the backgrounds of some of Anne McCaffrey's heroines (oppressed orphans or younger daughters in an overly patriarchal society), and I don't think anyone can deny the glaring Tolkien parallels. I didn't really get interested until Magpie the minstrel (or is he?) was introduced, and so I was pretty annoyed that he wasn't going to join in on the Quest. I was impressed by the number of female characters, though, especially since the fact that nearly everyone in the Fellowship - er, I mean, group of adventurers were women just occurred to me now. It was subtly done, not pushed in your face in a Marion Zimmer Bradley kind of way.

Nye's strength lies in her characters. Not in their development or consistency (as has been mentioned in other reviews), but in the characters themselves. It's very rare to see a mother-and-daughter pair in a novel where both are buttkickers, and Edynn's prophecy really made me feel for Serafina without Nye having to make her suddenly feel bad for being a jerk. As I said, I really liked Magpie and his situation, and I would have liked to see more of his story - as it was, I thought Irnbecca was going to take the role of Unfeeling Girlfriend A Cool Guy Puts Up With For No Reason. However, I completely changed my mind by the end of the book.

Nye's big problem is that her writing has a definite tendency to state instead of describe. Several times I felt myself rewriting sentences in my head to make them use more pronouns (two short sentences in a row should not both end in the same word) or to show what a non-viewpoint character was feeling instead of telling it. A smaller problem for me was that Tildi's background and Magpie's father were just too much.

It would have been nice to know going in that I wasn't really going to find out how the story ends, but at the same time I might not have picked it up if there had been a big label on it announcing that this was the beginning of "THE ORONTAE SAGA" or if it had been both books in one. I'm not sure what could be done to make the reader aware of the sequel without coming off like this is going to be a neverending series, but ending this book with more closure would have certainly been more satisfying.