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Book Title: Fanuilh|
The author of the book: Daniel Hood
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Reader ratings: 6.3
Date of issue: May 1994
ISBN 13: 9780441000555
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The size of the: 6.36 MB
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Liam Rhenford was just a wandering scholar who had settled in a port town. He had few friends, and when one, the wizard Tanaquil, is murdered, Liam finds himself in the middle of the investigation. On one side is the victim's small dragon familiar, who helped itself to a piece of Liam's soul so it could survive, seeking revenge. On the other side is the local lawman, Coeccias, who grudgingly accepts Liam's interest and involvement in the search for the killer. If a pushy dragon and attitudinal sheriff weren't enough, there are too many suspects, and far too many distractions.
Technically, the book I found at the library was called "A Familiar Dragon." It was a collection of the first three books in the so-titled series, beginning with this one. I never actually finished reading the library's copy before it was returned. Turned out, though, that my roomie did; she loved the series and bought it. Which was nice for me, because I took a good three months to finish this book.
It's not dense. It's not hard. It's not...not interesting. It's a murder mystery of traditional design, with a victim, an investigation, some clues, some distractions, a gruff but willing aid, and a dragon. Okay, so the dragon isn't so usual, but you get the idea. Fans of the civilian mystery solver trope will be well at home. Think The Cat Who books, but with a dragon who has a telepathic link instead of a pair of suspiciously attuned Siamese cats. As with Qwill, Liam is no stranger to danger or mystery. Both are educated and have a pretty solid notion as to pursuing lines of query. Even the settings are familiar feeling, though more because they are settled in a specific location than any real similarity [tiny, contemporary logging town from generic norther state vs port town of indeterminate medieval/post medieval air].
"It's a fantasy. A high adventure world", you might be tempted to think, :"with magic and dragons and poofy clouds of sandalwood-scented glitter. " If this concerns you, fear not. Hood's approach to the magic in this world is very business-like. It's not wanton fripperies or giant floating baby heads, it's serious work with preparation and consequence. It is not an everybody can do it affair, nor is it a chosen ones only affair. You learn to use magic and you make it your job. As for Fanuilh, the dragon? He's dog-sized [small dog, from the sound of it, toy poodle, not standard poodle most like], and while he can fly and link to his master telepathically, he is no Smaug. The creatures themselves seem rare enough that we only meet him, but common enough that his existence is accepted. And the whole thing is very normal-feeling. Things are dirty, but not noir-dirty. There's good weather and bad weather, smelly people and pretty people. It's a work-a-day world with some magical flair, I suppose.
Overall, I took forever to read it because it felt so familiar. I like the characters [a lot, if I'm honest], and I appreciate the writing and the build of the world, but I spent many years reading murder mysteries. They don't hold me as they once did, and there are just so many other things out there that catch my eye. It's good stuff, but for the moment it's just not my scene.
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