The Hob's Bargain by Patricia BriggsThe Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs

The Hob's Bargain

byPatricia Briggs

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 2001

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patrica Briggs presents a tale of beauty meets beast in this romantic fantasy novel.

Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic-both good and evil-returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow...

Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it-and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains. But the Hob is the last of his kind. And he will exact a heavy price to defend the village-a price Aren herself must pay...
Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and the Alpha and Omega novels.
Title:The Hob's BargainFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 0.8 inPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441008135

ISBN - 13:9780441008131

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definatly Worth Reading. Aren has the gift of sight and no one in her village knows except her family, not even her new husband. Usually her sight tells her of something bad, like someone falling and hurting themselves. At the start of this book Aren sees the death of her husband, father, brother, mother and sister. She sees that more danger is coming. Aren can feel the magic in the land break free from the chains of the bloodmadges. Since the village now follows the teachings of the Ond God, Aren puts herself in grave danger by admittings that she has the sight. Soon the whole village is in danger from all the magical creatures that are slowly moving back to the area. Aren feels that she must help the villagers, even though many of them no longer trust her, and many want her gone. On a trip to another town Aren and her group are spotted and followed by the Hob. With the release of the magic's the Mountain and the Hob have just been released from their slumber. The Hob can see that this band have no ill intentions towards others. He watchs this group on their way to and from the other village, and protect them from the creatures that bring the group harm. Once back in the village things are only getting worse. More people are dying because of raiders and magical creatures. Aren realises that the Hob helped them on the Mountain, and goes back to ask for help. The Hob comes back the the village to see the situation and agrees to meet with Aren and the town elders to come to an agreement. The Hob will protect the village only if after one year of peace the village gives him a wife of child bearing years. Aren volunteers for the position, not because she really wants to, but because she is trying to protect her village. It is at this time that the Hob shows Aren how to use her sight, and shows her that her sight brings more gifts. Aren is able to control ghosts and other magical creatures. If Aren can not control these creatures, they could possibly control her. With the aid of the Hob, Aren is soon dealing with the raiders and the magical creatures and things start looking up. Until Aren has another vision. The Bloodmage is coming to the village to collect one of this men, and most likely will kill everyone in the village. Aren must use all of her magicial skills to save the village, and is willing to die in the process. Now I am not going to give away the ending, except to say that I was happy with how it ended. This was a really good storey. Further, this is is a long review, but it is still just an overview. There is much more to this storey. The flow is a little different from Briggs' other books as she is trying to get the feel for the time. It took a little time to get used to it. There is just so much to this storey. It was also nice to see more into the faey site of the books that Briggs' writes.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exremely entertaining This was the first Patricia Briggs book I've read and I want more. It was highly entertaining from the first page and I couldn't put it down. The characters were well written and the best plot I've read in a long time. It has mystery, romance, drama, fantasy and very interesting characters. I absolutely loved the character of the Hob and I hope in the not so distant future that Ms. Briggs writes more of the Hob and his mountain. I could gush more but I don't want to give a single thing away. All I will say is that it is a must read for all ages.
Date published: 2007-02-09

Editorial Reviews

“A clever mystery with appealing characters in a fantasy setting...topnotch reading fare.”—RT Book Reviews“An interesting cross between a murder mystery, romance, and fantasy.”—VOYA“[A] fun fantasy romance...There’s plenty of action, with battles against raiders and magical creatures, a bard who isn’t what he appears, and an evil mage—but there’s also plenty of humor, and some sweet moments of mischief and romance.”—Locus  “Ms. Briggs blends adventure, romance, and innovative fantasy with a deft hand. Highly recommend this one to all my readers.”—S. L. Viehl, author of the Stardoc series