Christopher Bunn (1969-still alive) was born in California to parents of extra-terrestrial origin. After working a long and not-so-illustrious career that did not include a stint as a mule skinner, six months lost at sea on a life raft provisioned only with a crate of bananas, two years as a prize fighter, several shameful terms in Congress, nor a brief time spent in the circus as a lion tamer, he began writing novels in order to chronicle his life and the lives of other people who did not exist. In 2006, he apparently came close to winning the prestigious Shumlo Flemsley Prize for Intergalactic Literary Excellence. As the prize, in addition to a lot of cash, also includes an immediate death sentence from the supreme judiciary of the planet Flurg, Betelgeuse System, he was grateful to have fallen short. Bunn is supposedly considering writing a comic history about the Universe titled Things That Can Be Unplugged & Other Things.
on Nov. 23, 2012 :
The authors notes say that this author took ten years to write this trilogy, It was time well spent. Young thief Jute is hired to sneak into a house covered in magic wards to steal a box from its upper most tower. The agile boy has no problems making it into the house and getting to the box but the pull to open it is beyond his control. Now that he has let loose what was held magically within, his terifying adventure begins. Intricate plot and charactes made for an enjoyable afternoon in the sun. On to Book 2. Great Job!
(review of free book)
Charlotte E. English
on April 09, 2011 :
This book opens the 'Tormay Trilogy', and it's a great start. The quality of the writing is excellent - smooth, accessible, clear - and the book is very well edited, with few discernible errors. The story follows the adventures of a range of characters situated across the duchies of Tormay. Jute is a child-thief hired to steal a mysterious box; the completion of the job changes his life forever. Levoreth is niece to a duke, though her talent for conversing with animals suggests that she's more than she seems. Nio is a scholarly wizard, powerful, driven and ruthless. Ronan, aka 'the Knife', is at the top of the thieves' guild and justly feared. We also meet a small child who survives the inexplicable and brutal murder of the rest of her village, and the soldier-captain who takes her in.
As the above might suggest, there are a lot of different plot-threads going on here. They are all interlinked, but they come very thick and fast; to begin with I struggled a little to keep up. However, the coherence of the story improves as the book goes on and the links between the characters become steadily clearer. By the end I felt caught up in the tale, and I'm looking forward to finding out how it progresses in the second book
(reviewed the day of purchase)