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Day 71: Feeding the Feral Children by David Farland

Day 71

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

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Waiting On Wednesday #6

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

Set For Release On: April, 2013 

Summary From Goodreads:

In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, bandits and soldiers, nomadic invasions, and a woman battling in her own way, to find a new place for women in the world – a world inspired this time by the glittering, decadent Song Dynasty.

Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life—in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws. From there he emerges years later—and his life changes again, dramatically, as he circles towards the court and emperor, while war approaches Kitai from the north.

Lin Shan is the daughter of a scholar, his beloved only child. Educated by him in ways young women never are, gifted as a songwriter and calligrapher, she finds herself living a life suspended between two worlds. Her intelligence captivates an emperor—and alienates women at the court. But when her father’s life is endangered by the savage politics of the day, Shan must act in ways no woman ever has.

In an empire divided by bitter factions circling an exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more than the burdens of governing, dramatic events on the northern steppe alter the balance of power in the world, leading to events no one could have foretold, under the river of stars.


I’ll be honest, I’m a sucker when it comes to doing a twist on parts of history and this is no exception. The Song Dynasty? Yes please! A young woman having to overcome obstacles and battle the powers that be? Tell me more! This sounds fascinating to me and I can’t wait for April so that I can read it! ^.^

Does River of Stars sound appealing to you? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! 🙂