The Bygone Dagger (The Greater Lands Saga) Hardcover – June 12, 2021
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- ASIN : B096TJLLZ2
- Publisher : Independently published (June 12, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 199 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8514649853
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,167,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The hero is a big, likable lug who is doing his best to see his family through. There's no saccharine, no clichés, and his family is not perfect.
I think he may have a bit of emotional situational blindness, but I suppose I'll have to hope for a sequel to see if my suspicions play out.
I -hate- being patient ...
This is just different enough to not be comparable to BoD and yet was written just as well. I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait for the next book.
I guess at some point I'll need to read one of Andrea's books to keep it even.
What I found most interesting about Bygone Dagger is the emphasis on world building and exposition, and less so on dialogue. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of dialogue, but as a new reader of this author what stood out to me was the world building and exposition.
This helps turn a relatively short book into a well developed story. I could picture Fel, the main character, as he leaves the town he grew up in and heads to the south to unlock a vault hopefully filled with contraptions from a bygone era. He meets other characters (in the truest sense of the word) along the way, and is being chased by mercenaries who want what he finds and then some.
Despite the vault being the focus of most of the story, not much time is spent there really. He makes two very unique finds, along with some other things of lesser value.
Meanwhile, back at home in the family shop his sister is realizing she bought a map that had some strings attached. A few people in the town leap into action, especially Allie the barkeep. She steps into a situation she had no business getting involved in because she's a local, and has watched Fel stumble out of her bar more times than she can count.
It's a richly woven cast of characters, and everyone plays their part, willingly or not.
The setting is mostly fantasy, although I didn't pick up on multiple races like you see in Tolkien. This is more of a down to Earth story, with people coming together to help out their friends and neighbors.
I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to book 2.
Plot: This is a short, fast read. It's about two different families fighting over a vault of loot.
Characters: The MC is a drunk and a bad gambler. The sister is a deal maker. Time is a thief and a cheat. The barmaid was cool.