Review: some more mini-reviews of The Innkeeper's Song, Return, Hogfather, and Kraken Bake
This book tells the story of a young man who searches for his lover in a shadowy world of magic. Along the way he encounters two mysterious women seeking to help their mentor, a once-powerful wizard, from losing his magic to a treacherous enemy. It's a lyrical quest story much like the author's seminal work, The Last Unicorn. I probably liked The Last Unicorn more, but then it's considered a classic for a reason and this book is certainly worth reading.
Return is a limited edition novella set in the same world as The Innkeeper's Song and follows one of that book's characters in a side story. If you enjoyed The Innkeeper's Song, you should enjoy this too.
A decent, but somewhat forgettable story about Christmas. Given Pratchett's satirical abilities, I expected a little bit more out of this book. On the other hand, it's Discworld so it's still a good read.
Kraken Bake is the sequel to Karen Dudley's first novel, Food for the Gods. I really enjoyed the first book, a blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery, about young chef in ancient Athens. I didn't like this one quite as much. Partially because Dudley seemed to drop the mystery angle and also because the main character acted like an ass with too much forced drama. I still eagerly look forward to the next book.