The Hob's Bargain

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Beauty and The Beast

Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic-both good and evil-returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…

Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it-and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she ...

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Overview

Beauty and The Beast

Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic-both good and evil-returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…

Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it-and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains. But the Hob is the last of his kind. And he will exact a heavy price to defend the village-a price Aren herself must pay…

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“[A] fun fantasy romance…There’s plenty of action, with battles against raiders and magical creatures, a bard who isn’t what he appears, and an evil mage—but there’s also plenty of humor, and some sweet moments of mischief and romance.”—Locus
 
“I ran across Patricia Briggs—literally—at our local book store, while sorting through the shelves looking for another book. The cover art intrigued me, then I read the first page and went straight to the counter. This is a “Beauty and the Beast” story but unlike any I’ve ever read. Ms. Briggs blends adventure, romance, and innovative fantasy with a deft hand. Highly recommend this one to all my readers.”—S. L. Viehl, author of the Stardoc series
 
“It is easy to like Patricia Briggs’s novels. Her books are perfect for a Friday evening or a late Sunday afternoon when you don’t want to have to work to enjoy your reading. Her books are clever, engaging, fast-moving and with plots that manage to be thought-provoking without being heavy-handed. A warning, however—make sure you don’t start the dinner cooking or the lawn watering before you curl up with one of her books, because you’ll end up with a burnt dinner and a soggy lawn and an enjoyable few hours lost in another world.”—Romantic SF & Fantasy

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441008131
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 236,632
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    This story about mythical creatures in a magical land has a slightly adult tone and makes for light but pleasant escapist reading

    Patricia Briggs paints a rather complicated portrait of a world where everything is alive - the earth, the mountain (known as Hob's Mountain), and all of these things are somehow connected, along with countless other strange creatures that might be found in an HG Wells story.

    The lead character is a woman, as are many of the lead characters in Patricia Brigg's works. The woman lives in a mythical village, apparently in a time long ago. She finds she has some magical ability to forsee future events, including an attack by 'raiders' that results in the death of her new husband the day after their wedding. She laments that she did not use this vision to protect her new husband, but the culture does not respect people with magical gifts, and people often think of these gifted people as evil.

    However our heroine sees other evil events in the future, and sets out to warn the villagers, who cannot decide if she is a witch or a prophet. A huge earthquake fortells of the angry earth, and with her gifts, she sets out to help protect her village from the ravages of raiders, the anger of the earth, and the evil of the 'blood mages,' who are people with magic who have turned to the dark side.

    En route she meets the Hob, a strange creature who strikes a bargain and agrees to use his powers to help protect the village, hence the name of the book.

    As the book unfolds, our heroine learns to use her powers and together with the help of the Hob and other lead characters, she single-handedly helps the raiders join forces with the villagers to fight the evil of the blood-mages alongside the Hob.

    The story may seem too far-fetched to follow, but it is not. However the frequent introduction of new evil gnomes combined with other spirit-creatures is a bit difficult to follow, and takes away from the otherwise beautifully told story of a young woman's bravery and loyalty to her village and to her friends.

    The writer sometimes suddenly changes her perspective - telling of the thoughts of the heroine or of another character - with little warning. This makes it a bit difficult to follow at times, at least for me, and I consider myself a pretty intelligent reader.

    Also some areas of the book are not really brought to resolution. The temptress ghost appears periodically, but at the end of the book, I am not sure what happened to her. The many fighting creatures are sent scurrying away at different times - where did they end up going? I never did figure that out.

    Hob's bargain is a pleasant tale by a brilliant writer, but it does have moments when it is just a bit too complicated for the casual reader (which is me, of course) to follow every detail of every character. It is not quite as polished as her later works, in my opinion, but it is still a very good read with a strong moral fiber running through it that gives it a strength and consistency that is typical of this excellent author of fantasy works.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Fantastic

    I picked this up because I enjoyed Moon Called and Blood Bound. All I can say is WOW! To add to it, I re-read this story so many times that I'm on my 3rd book. The first two have disintegrated from the number of times I've read them. I have a 4th copy in my car so I have something to read while waiting in line. All I can say is that the story line has helped me get over some rough spots in my life. Patricia Briggs is the only author where I have to buy two books from the beginning. One to read, and one for later reading (when the first copy has become too battered).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    A surprising jewel

    After reading Moon Called, which I enjoyed very much, I picked this book up on the advice of a friend on the web. This is a jewel of a book--a lovely romance and a wonderfully written story. I was sorry when it ended. A definite keeper.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    Absolutely wonderful

    I usually stick with other historical romances but this one was really great. It had the right amount of flirtation, humor and mystery. She kept me curious to want to know the end but not to the point that you would have become bored with it. I am looking forward to reading her other works in the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    A Must Read!

    This is definitely my favorite book. I think the reader must have a love of such creatures (hobs, etc.) to really enjoy this piece. This book has something for everyone. I haven't been able to get any male friends to read it, but speaking for myself, the females love it! I think the pace is set nicely and there is most certainly a longing for there to be always one more page, but knowing just one more page could be too much. Props to Patricia Briggs! It was wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Highly recommened!

    After reading every book in Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson & Alpha and Omega series, I started reading her earlier novels, and this book didn't sisappoint me. It was a very satisfying read with an interesting world, an enjoyable romance, and a nicely moving plot.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    One can never go wrong with a Patricia Briggs book.

    One can never go wrong with a Patricia Briggs book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Great stand alone book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Try I think you'll like it!

    I am a Patricia Briggs fan. I especially like her Mercedes Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. I recommend this book happily to anyone in the the same boat. It stands alone - I recommend it to anyone who likes for example Ilona Andrews. It has a nice mix of action, romance and magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Wonderful

    Could not put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Luv it !!!!!!

    Exactly the book i was loooking 4 !!!!! Is ther a second ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    It ended before i was ready

    You know when you wait for a plot twist you just know is comming? Your anticipation builds and when the twist arrives the tension inside eases and you devour pages as the long awaited turn takes place. for me the turn happened in the last chapter and left me hungry. Loved it anyways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    highly recommend

    Loved it. Kept me quessing on how it was all going to end.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

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    I picked this up to fill in when I ran out of Mercy books, and c

    I picked this up to fill in when I ran out of Mercy books, and can't be more glad that I did. Everything is alive, from the creatures to the Earth itself. It is a lovely story of pain, loss, and redemption. I really liked the strength of the female lead - she comes from a time and land where life is hard, and death is only a breath away. Not only is she left widowed early on, she is magic, and magic isn't accepted or respected.

    The Hob is a wonderful character. Funny, warm, and caring, he is one of those characters whose very oddness of physical characteristics hides his beautiful interior. I absolutely love the way the book works, not only the characters, but the whole world that Patricia sets up. It is a lovely development of a mythical living world with great personality.

    I am so glad I have a Nook Tablet - I have read it several times, and will again!

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Highly recommend-love this book

    This is actually the fourth time I have bought this book. I really can not even begin to tell you why I love it so much. Maybe because it is wonderful fairytale. I love Patricia Briggs books, but this one, it is worth buying four times. Maybe since I bought it for my nook this time, it won't fall apart after reading it so much.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    A must read

    Strong female character, strong story development and a wonderful world of magic. I love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2009

    Good for a rainy day.

    This was a good quick read. Good flow and great heroin.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    A must read.

    This was the first Patricia Briggs book I read. It inspired me to read more from her. I found this book to vary from the norm. It held my interest. I have passed it along to family and friends.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Loved The Hob's Bargain

    This is a great book. I raced through it as I couldn't wait to see what would happen. So far I have enjoyed all of the Patricia Briggs books I have read.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Love Patricia Briggs

    The charachters have depth and you start to fall in love with the Hobb yourself. I loved this story of magic, love and sacrafice. Will read this one over and over again. Her imaginative style of writing takes the reader to a different world of old magic and earthy beings. I love all her books.

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