All Josiah wants is a little excitement. His work as an apprentice fuller is boring, and playing in the mill’s machinery isn’t that dangerous. Everything goes fine—at first.
All right, he’s lucky the wizard Elkan and his familiar, a donkey named Sar, are there to save his life. Even better, when his furious master fires him, Elkan offers him a job as his assistant. Josiah jumps at the chance. Traveling around Tevenar for a year, meeting all sorts of interesting people, helping the dedicated young wizard and clever donkey serve them with the Mother’s healing magic—what could be more fun?
But Josiah soon learns that while matters of life and death may be exciting, they’re seldom fun. Impulsive actions, even when taken with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences. And some choices have the power to change the future of Tevenar forever.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I bought this book, it was with some skepticism. I generally do my reading while walking on the treadmill at the gym, and the last few books I read were disappointments. Either the plot dragged on and on, or the author jumped from one character to the next, or added way to much detail... I encountered none of those problems with the Fuller's Apprentice. It was an easy read, with a believable fantasy universe. Just the right amount of mystery, magic, and adventure, without overly complex technical terms, or the need for an index to reference terms or relationships. The author's style reminded me ever so slightly of that used by Anne McCaffrey in DragonSong (and her other Pern novels.)
I look forward to reading the rest of the series, and will be recommending it to my friends.
My favorite part of this book was that it held its characters to high expectations. There were consequences for impatience or thoughtlessness. The characters learned and grew and worked together. The trusted, depended, and forgave each other. There were also deep concepts of morality explored. Like, why does the Mother allow diseases/disasters the wizards cannot stop? Or is a non-boring job worth the responsibility and stress? There were a couple ways the characters felt shortened, in that we learn relatively little about anyone's backstory, and that they often showed no emotion (poor Elkan). There were also a few scenes that cut out as the pair traveled to a new place, and the next scene started in the middle with a new location a month or two later. I prefer a paragraph explaining the transition. The end was good. It had all the right elements, and even surprised me (when I should have guessed the secret!). I worried one thing would be too easy, but it was...
So I am writing this 2/3 the way through and I am just waiting for something to happen. I really don't care for any of the characters. I don't really have an idea of the politics. There is a battered daughter whose love for her abusive father is just frustrating. Josiah is basically the main character that the author wants you to root for but like I said above, he doesn't seem to have many likable attributes. But I plan on finishing the book so I hope something happens that will persuade me to continue the series. As of right now though I really find that hard to fathom.
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