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This is a fun book that winds up being to short. I wanted more and there is now a follow-up, so the Masker family story will continue to keep my attention.
No spoilers, but a sort of bumbling son who can retrieve things his sister finds out about; a very sharp sister who finds things; a mother who is a very good business person and a father who is the best tinker in the entire country makes for more than a few laughs.
And then there's the novice mage, and the mini-unicorn and the machine that repairs things and plays with Rubic cubes.
Not surprising, really - after all, the author is Joseph Lallo, and I've never known his writing to disappoint! 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 ...
The author of The Book of Deacon series has begun a new series. It's different. As a fantasy writer, it must be hard to come up with unique characters and settings but Lallo does it time and again. The Bygone Dagger is no exception. My only complaint was that it's too short but then that applies to just about any book that you're thoroughly enjoying that comes to an end seemingly too quickly. However, there are plenty of set-up clues for what, we are told, is the first in a new series. As The Bygone Dagger came to an end, I was left eager to see where the second volume takes us.
I first got into reading this author with the release of The Book of Deacon. That book and series was fantastic. Since then, I've read many of Mr. Lallo's books. Some were great, and others didn't appeal to me. This book is well written, exciting, and carries the narrative very cleanly. I'm looking forward to seeing how this develops as a series, and recommend it for people who enjoy this genre.
Really enjoyed this book. Happy the Author started a new series. The characters and world are unique and very enjoyable to read about. So many different directions this series can take. Looking forward to the next book.
To be honest, after The Book of Deacon series, I was worried that anything else written having to do with magic/fantasy etc by Mr. Lallo wouldn't come close to BoD and would be a let down. Love that series!
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've followed the Six Figure Author podcast (and its predecessor) ever since I became an author myself. I've read plenty of Lindsay's books, but this is my first for Joe Lallo.
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.