Hartman, Rachel – Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming
Add this to the list of books that I’m not sure what to think about. The characters were all done well, the art was great, it was just a bit… dull at times, I guess. Still, this has the feeling of a prologue more than anything else, and time will tell whether or not this whole series is worth getting. She’s off to a good start though, and I can see where the Xeric grant came from. This is the story of Amy, in theory, but it’s really about the whole town and all the people that Amy deals with. There’s a vast array of characters and I found myself flipping back to the character guide at the start of the book a couple of times, and that’s rare. I don’t know who to recommend this to. If you like fantasy, well, a lot of the fantasy elements are here (knights and dragons, for example), but nothing much happens with them. This is about the characters through and through. I don’t know, maybe the minis would be of some help. You can get them at the website, by the way, but there doesn’t look to be much in the way of samples there. The heart of any good story is good characters. If this really is a prologue, she’s set herself up wonderfully. If it’s not, I don’t know if this is strong enough to stand on its own. Talk to me in a few years when I have the answer to that and I’ll be able to tell you more about it. Until then, it’s still a fun story to read, if slightly puzzling.