Day 71: Feeding the Feral Children by David Farland
Summary From Goodreads:
In 235 BC, a young man in China falls in love, but needs money to buy land in order to convince a young woman’s father that he is a worthy suitor.
Taking the dangerous new Silk Road into Persia, he must face giant pink-tusked elephants, desert sandstorms, and dangerous bandits.
But when all that he owns is stolen, he runs afoul of Mongol sorcerer, to the peril of his soul.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
Even though the story did feel complete I still wish Feeding the Feral Children could have been longer. The novella was captivating and packed so much detail into such a small amount of pages, quite impressive, though not surprising considering it is David Farland after all. The type of magic used in the story is one rarely seen in books, at least in America, so drawing from the fantastical in the ancient Chinese culture was definitely a fresh and welcome experience. The characters were interesting, the plot intriguing if simple only due to length constraints, and the world that was created was drawn up in such a way that the reader can really feel like they are there, even if they are miles away. That sounds like something all books do, but it isn’t easy creating that effect in such a short piece and so naturally to boot.
I recommend reading this if you want something fantasy related but that is different from the norm. It’s a quick and easy read that could be enjoyed by any reader. I look forward to reading more of Farland’s work in the future. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 72 & Waiting on Wednesday!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #71/365