"Change it. The thought rolled over in Skag's mind -- change it. The world unfolded beyond that gray wall. He thought then of Father Daugth sitting like a pending nightmare upon the stone dais. It made his heart weaken, but his eyes still glittered."
The bogfoke are the remnant of a diminutive, diminishing, ancient race of creatures who have lived secretively for centuries in a vast cemetery. When a gnawing desire for purpose awakens in the heart of one of the bogfoke, he sets in motion a series of events that will lead the bogfoke from the despair of their furtive existence and into a world that is more dangerous and wondrous than they could ever have imagined.
The bogfoke come to find themselves unwillingly entangled in an primordial and elemental struggle that has engulfed the fate of both humankind and the ancestors of the bogfoke. In their endeavors, the bogfoke come to find who they are, who they were meant to be, and that they are not alone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The cover caught my eye on this one. When I looked further, I was pretty certain I had read something from Richard before. Sure enough, I checked my library and found a paperback containing a group of short stories I had enjoyed years ago. I read the story (BandN) again and decided "Bogfoke" was worth a shot. It's been a while since I read a book that I couldn't put down, but I found I just had to know what was going to happen next. The characters and writing style are refreshing. My only disappointment is that the ending doesn't seem to leave room for another book. Who knows - maybe they'll be a prequel!
Very original work of fantasy. Many of the fantasy "types" are in this novel, but they all have an original twist. I downloaded the sample, and it left me more than intrigued. The author paces this book very well, and you'll find yourself being pulled along. I also found that I really began to care what happened to this characters. It will be fun in the future to discuss which is the favorite of other readers (I loved Stump, the troll that is not a troll). To be so entertaining, this book also has more than a few poignant moments. It even has some deep insights, deeper than I think I fully understand, but they don't interfere with the pure entertainment level of the work. I'd give it five stars, but I am a tough judge and rarely give five star (or ten stars on that sort of scale) to anything. I cannot really put my finger on anything like a major flaw, maybe only that the humor can seem rather dry and abrupt at times. Sometimes it caught me off guard and made it all the funnier, a few times is seemed out of place or distracting. But still, I'd give this book 4 1/4 stars if it were an option. Try the sample, that worked for me!