Review: The Baker’s Boy by J.V. Jones

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I went into this knowing that it was the first book in a trilogy, and that it would be mostly setup for the other two books in the series. I went into this knowing that it was very standard, crunchy granola fantasy. A coming of age story with a pretty girl met by chance on the road, stereotypical villains, a coming of age type quest, stuff like that. But… Come on. Nothing happened in this book! And when I say nothing, I mean nothing. Nothing was resolved in the end, and for that matter, I never really even figured out what there was to be resolved. All of the hurdles in this book were such trivial matters.. I never discovered any overarching story line, nothing bigger and badder out there that would come crashing into the story to help tie it together. I still kept holding out hope as I turned each page.. But it never happened.

So obviously this was a pretty big disappointment. I didn’t hate it, but I think “meh” is as good as it gets when it comes to finding a word to describe it. And that sucks! I really wanted a crunchy granola standard sort of fantasy. It’s been a long time since I read anything like that, I was hoping that reading it would feel sort of like coming home. And I guess it did.. If by “home” you mean some place super boring where nothing ever happens and there is a lot of sex and groping and slutty chicks.

That’s another thing.. The women in this book. With the exception of Melli and the Queen, every other woman was weirdly loose with granting access to what was under their petticoats. All the men needed to do was ask if the woman fancied a tumble, and it was a done deal. And holy gold digger, apparently every woman has a price in these books. It was sort of insulting… And really not expected, seeing as though it’s written by a female author.

I don’t know.. Maybe I’ll read the next in the series, in hopes that I can squeeze something out of the time I’ve already invested into this.. But I need a break first. I’ll read something that’s actually good and well thought out, something with.. I don’t know, a plot maybe? Yeah, a plot, that’s the ticket! When I’m ready for some more potential pain, maybe I’ll come back and try this series out again. Maybe.

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