An Unexpected Apprentice

Jody Lynn Nye

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Halfling Tildi Summerbee has led a typical, unexciting life, tending the house for her brothers while they manage the family farm. Her days are boring, but happy...until a Thraik attack decimates her family.
 
In an effort to provide for Tildi, the town's leaders prepare an arranged marriage and take control of her farm's assets. After all, a female halfling is incapable of handling such matters on her own.
 
Tildi sees things differently.
 
In order to escape her arranged marriage and overcome the prejudices against the "weaker" sex, she decides to pass herself off as a man. Assuming the guise of her brother Teldo, Tildi disappears into the night. She plans to accept Teldo's position as an apprentice to a great wizard.
 
But she soon finds that the rest of the world isn't very welcoming to halflings. And that she is surrounded by fantastic dangers.
 
Dangers that are more than a match for a wizard's apprentice. 

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Chapter One

The merry piping stopped.

Tildi Summerbee looked up idly from the book she was reading, which was propped on the carved shelf beside the huge bubbling stew pot.

How strange, she thought, lifting the stirring spoon to her lips for a taste. Her youngest brother, Marco, usually played his flute all the way home from the fields as he, and the rest of her brothers, and the farmhands headed toward the big old house. Teldo, Pierin, and Gosto would sing along.

That was how she knew without looking out one of the round windows that it was noon, and that they were

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"I thoroughly enjoyed it, the plot, the settlement, the whole nine yards, and especially the twitch of humor at odd moments...a book I can thoroughly recommend."—Anne McCaffrey
 
"An unusual story well-told, with characters it's a real pleasure to spend time with."--Dave Drake
 
The Unexpected Apprentice is a fast-paced fantasy adventure full of warm, engaging characters and gentle humor.  I had a lot of fun with it, and you will, too.”--Harry Turtledove
 
“I’ve always wondered what The Hobbit might have been like if Bilbo had been a girl … now I know.”--Ed Greenwood
 

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Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye lives in Illinois and has collaborated with Anne McCafferty on several books.

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An Unexpected Apprentice
Jody Lynn Nye

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Tor Books
April 2008
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ISBN: 9781429922937
ISBN10: 1429922931
400 pages
$7.99
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