Shelf Control #46: The Hob’s Bargain

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

Hob's BargainTitle: The Hob’s Bargain
Author: Patricia Briggs
Published: 2001
Length: 281 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Beauty and The Beast

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…

How I got it:

I bought it!

When I got it:

A few years ago, after discovering this author’s amazing urban fantasy books.

Why I want to read it:

I love the Mercy Thompson books more than words can say (although I keep trying…). I’ve read all of the books in the series and in the related Alpha & Omega series, but I’ve never read any of Patricia Briggs’s earlier fantasy works. She’s such an amazing writer that I’m more than willing to give this book a try. After all, the next Mercy book is still months away, and I need something to keep me busy!


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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7 thoughts on “Shelf Control #46: The Hob’s Bargain

  1. Hi, there! I discovered this meme thanks to Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty, and I’m so glad I did! I used to have a similar meme myself, titled “On My Bookshelves”, over at A Night’s Dream of Books, my YA book blog. Yours is SO much better, though, because of the questions included! So I’m participating for the very first time, with my literary fiction blog, MindSpirit Book Journeys. I might take turns participating with one of my two blogs.

    I have been wanting to read Patricia Briggs for the LONGEST time…… I know that her Mercy Thompson series is supposed to be AWESOME! This early fantasy novel looks great, too, so I’m adding it to my Goodreads shelves right away!

    Thanks for sharing, since I had never heard of this book before! Happy Reading!! : )

    • Thank you so much! I’m delighted that you’re joining in. Patricia Briggs is one of my very favorites, and I just adore the Mercy Thompson series, so I hope you give the books a try!

      • Thanks for the welcome, Lisa! As for the Mercy Thompson books, I need to get started on them sometime soon, and see what all the fuss is about. I know I’ll enjoy them!

        BTW, just to let you know….I need to link up again. There was some glitch, so, instead of being taken to my blog, MindSpirit Book Journeys when you click on the link, you are taken to the home page for!! I don’t know how that happened! Lol.

  2. It took me awhile, but I dove into Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series around the time my daughter was born and fell in love with the series. Sadly, I haven’t been good about keeping up. I do want to though–and read all her other books, including her back list. I agree, she’s an amazing writer!

    • One of the many things I love about the Mercy books is that the series has remained strong, even after so many books. I just love the characters and their relationships so much, and I love seeing how they all change and grow over time. 🙂

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