This past week I had the chance to spend some time with my family at Lake Powell. This meant sleeping in, doing a little writing, floating in the water, watching movies with my kids in the evenings, and taking some time to read. Can life get any better than that?
Because I have a huge pile of books in my to-read pile, I have this horrible tendency of not being up-to-date on the current reading trends. But I'm okay with that. If a book is worth reading today, it'll be worth reading a few years from now when I eventually get to it.
I had picked up a copy of Tales of the Dragon's Bard: Eventide by Tracy & Laura Hickman a while back when it was on sale at Deseret Book. And of course, it sat in my to-read pile for a really really long time as I made my way through several other books. When I was looking for books to pack in my reading bag, I decided it was time to finally give this fantasy a chance. Because I'm working on a middle-grade dragon story (along with several other stories) and the title had dragon's bard in it, I thought, "Why not?" Maybe it would be a helpful research book. It wasn't. But that didn't mean I wasn't entertained.
When I first started reading, I was immediately amused by Edvard, the Dragon Bard, and his egotistical personality. This fantasy isn't a fast-past action as some stories go, and it threw me off at first as I was waiting for the main character, Jarod, to leave the town and go on an epic adventure in an attempt to win the heart of the woman he loves. Then I realized the cleverness of the story was that everything was taking place in the town between all of the townspeople. All their stories were intersecting in unique and unexpected ways. Just like in our own lives, the characters were discovering that the past has a way of sneaking up on us, gossip never does anyone any good, and mistakes can have horrible consequences or wind up benefiting you in the end.
If you're a fan of Tracy and Laura Hickman, or you love clever stories, you'll enjoy Eventide. If you haven't yet read this story, you can get a copy in either paperback or eBook at amazon.com: