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The Baker's Boy was first published back in 1995. Since then I have received messages from readers all over the world, all eager to express their opinions. This kind of instant feedback, only possible thanks to power of the Web, is both helpful and really appreciated! Below you can read a small selection of the many comments I have received over the years.

The Baker's Boy is a great book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys being swept up in a fascinating fantasy world. It has just the right touch of humor to keep a smile on your face as you eagerly reach for the next page!
Carlin T. Currier

Best fantasy novel I have read in years. I spend a lot of time rereading the few fantasy novels that I do enjoy because there is just not that many I consider to be good. I guess I'm kinda picky. I'm sure your Book of Words trilogy is one that I will reread many times in the coming years.
Bobby Davenport

I just wanted to let you know how refreshing it is to see a young author dedicated to bringing her own level of sophistication and character development to the fantasy genre.
Michael Dean

I just loved The Baker's Boy. I am really glad that you know how to write an excellent fantasy book where the characters are real but you don't make them seem silly. I find your work captivating, and very refreshing compared to a lot of the other new "greats" out there.
Thom Setters

I loved the evil dukes' plotting again and again to kill each other and the joyful evilness of many of the characters. I am eagerly waiting for the next two parts.
Henry L. Lazarus

Finally bought The Baker's Boy, and am about half way through it. I can't seem to put it down! I like the way Bodger & Grift provide comic relief to the story. Have you thought about writing a book just about them them? It would be great!
James Coppedge

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I have been reading fantasy and some SF for most of my life (starting with the Hobbit). I just finished The Baker's Boy last night and I thought it was fantastic. I picked up the 2nd in the series and am looking forward to again spending time in the lands of the Four Kingdoms.
Michael Quirk

I just finished reading The Baker's Boy today and all I can say is outstanding! When will the next in the series come out? I for one am anxiously awaiting.
Jack Henderson

I recently finished your book, "The Bakers Boy", and was suitably impressed with your work. The book eloquently balances a strong, relatively fast-paced story with excellent character development. There is abject cruelty and kindness, gross hedonism and austerity, and a well-grounded sense of harsh reality threaded throughout. Each character seems to represent somewhat of a balance of drives and emotions, such as is the case with "real" people. I seemed to find at least a little I liked about the worst characters and a little I despised in the best.
Jim Crapia

I first became aware of your book in the magazine Science Fiction Chronicles. After reading and enjoying the book immensely, I recommended it to a couple of my coworkers who are also sci-fi and fantasy fans. They both enjoyed also and we all look forward to the next installment.
Virginia Kayfes

I just surfaced again after reading The Baker's Boy. I read it in one rather long session (starting at 10 pm and finishing at somewhere around 6 am), and I'd like to congratulate you. This was one of the most enjoyable books I ever got into my hands. I ordered the sequel right away, since German (I live in Germany) bookstores don't have a good selection of fantasy stock written in English. Please hurry up with part three of the Book of Words. I hardly can wait! Keep on writing.
Felix Von Berg

I read the darned thing in 2 days!!! It's not often anymore that a novel will keep my interest in that way. Too many authors are putting out the "patent" fantasy novel and they all read the same way. TBB, however, was original from the very beginning.
Marlene Harkcom

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading "The Baker's Boy". I think this book belongs into the same league as some of the best recent fantasy.
Marc Burggraff

I like the way you deal with characters such as Maybor and Tavalisk. They are relatively minor, but still have cool personalities. Maybor especially -- he's almost a villain in some ways.
Jeff Daley

Baker's Boy had me hooked from the very page, and I'm very picky about books. I can't wait to read A Man Betrayed. I have no doubt it'll be just as good or better then The Baker's Boy! Keep up the great work!
Urmimala Shome

I read The Baker's Boy this weekend and I LOVED it. The characters were so well done and there wasn't a slow part in the whole story. Wow! I can't wait to read A Man Betrayed.
Angie Titus

I loved your book. It was a relaxing break from the applied financial regression models and segmentation analyses I am studying at the U of Oregon...I look forward to the next book.
Billy Nerenberg

I really enjoyed your last book "The Baker's Boy" and am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
David Dean Farnham

I don't read women authors often, not because I am sexist, but because they write differently than men, and I prefer male writers...I am on page 243 of The Baker's Boy and it is really good. It has some very interesting ideas and topics that you don't see in sci fi or fantasy. The best compliment I can pay you is that you don't write like a woman and you are very, very good.
Jack Stalcup

Am almost through with The Baker's Boy. Wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying it. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
John Mangels

I'm a third-year medical student, and I started reading "The Baker's Boy" at the same time I started my OB/GYN rotation. If anyone gave me grief about reading a pleasure book when I should have been studying, I just mentioned the early chapter in which Baralis planned to impregnate the queen by having intercourse 14 days after her menses. Although this should work fine, Baralis may have been cutting it close, seeing that a woman with a 28 day cycle is considered to be fertile from day 8 to day 16 (although this differs somewhat depending on which book you read). Of course, for all I know, the queen's cycle may have been longer than 28 days, which makes things more complex...Anyway, thanks for writing a great book! Hopefully, "A Man Betrayed" will help sustain me through my Radiology rotation!
Joe Galdun

Curse you! Thanks to this silly page, do you know how much time I've wasted reading the first few chapters of your novel? Oh, sure, if it had been lousy, I could have just blown it off and gotten back to work, but you had to make it GOOD and ENGAGING! What were you THINKING? And of course, now I actually have to BUY your book! Do you know how many books I own that I've been trying to find time to read? And now I'm going to have to add YOURS to the collection! And I'll probably wind up reading it right away, which is grossly unfair to all the other books which have been patiently waiting their turn. Good stuff. Harumph. And I'll probably enjoy it, too.
Peter Butler

I really liked the website and The Baker's Boy. I hope the next one comes out soon, I'm really looking forward to reading it.
Kathryn Roberton

Just wanted to drop a line to tell you how much I enjoyed your book between my myriad of days debugging Fortran code at work. It's not often one can find a good book to get immersed in only to find their deadline for a project has just dangerously moved up to the 3 hour mark.
Josh Calderonello

I just read The Baker's Boy by J.V. Jones--1st in The Book of Words trilogy. Very good--no elves. It has 3, count them, 3 great villains all intriguing against each other.
Ken Thomas

The last 200 pages were the best. I couldn't but it down. I really laughed when Grift told Bodger that soaking your privates in boiling water is a cure for the ghones. Is this an old English cure? What are the ghones? (important question that needs an answer).
Darius Bochenek

The book is a splendid work.
Steven D. Gillis

I just finished The Baker's Boy. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to your next book.
Brian Kantsiper

Just got done with Baker's Boy. It was great. I'm going to start A Man Betrayed tonight. Thanks for being such a great author!
Justin Benson

I was a little unsure of your writing in the beginning. However, I am now quite firmly hooked as they say. I am impressed. So far, your books are of the type that cannot be put down until there is no longer any more to be read.
Michael L. Fleishman

I am an aspiring fantasy writer and I am always amazed at how difficult it can be to develop an idea into a well crafted story. You have done it marvelously. I am looking forward to your next book!
David DeWhitt

Though I am only half way through The Bakers Bay I wanted to say I am really enjoying it, and that it's nice to see a book of this type with a touch of risqueness. I can't wait for the next in the series! Also your web page is a lot of fun!
Jonathan Geissel

I read The Baker's Boy and enjoyed it...your book was a novel fantasy experience.
Lee Modesitt

I just finished The Baker's Boy. I wanted to write and let you know I enjoyed it. I particularly liked the use of Shakespearean comedic interludes. I look forward to the next installment.
Dave Scarpitti

I found your first publication truly extraordinary! An epic tale of the grandest scope and imagination.
Colin G

I've just finished The Baker's Boy and enjoyed it very much. After this email, I will rush on down to my local Crown Books and purchase the sequel.
Joe Underwood

I just finished reading The Baker's Boy last night and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. I work part time at a bookstore (when I am not studying for school), and will recommend your book to other SF readers.
Sherene Khaw

I thoroughly enjoyed the book...the main strength of this novel is the wonderful characters, who are neither good nor evil -- but my favorite - gray. Looking forward to a "A Man Betrayed"
Peter B

Loved The Bakers Boy! Look forward to reading the next one.
Kevin Kearns

I have just finished reading the prologue to "The Baker Boy" and found it to be a thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable read.
Wayne Harriman

I have just finished your book "The Bakers Boy" and I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading "A Man Betrayed" and your final work in the trilogy. Your appreciation of history and your eye for detail has served you very well.
Ken Smith

I loved the Bakers Boy. Can hardly wait for book two. Keep up the good writing.
Ed Osiecki

I really liked the first in the series - how long must I await the next? Please have mercy, publish it soon!

I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your novel Baker's Boy. I thought it was very well written and very good! Christopher Neihengen

Just finished reading The Baker's Boy, and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I particularly like the interludes with Bodger and Grift.
Ilana Rosenshein

Congratulations on on excellent beginning!
Ben S. Day

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your trilogy. The Baker's Boy was dynamite; & the info provided for new writers is excellent!

Some of my favorite authors include Eddings, Jordan, Dave Duncan, Feist and Wurts...I am now adding your name to my list. I can hardly wait to read the next one.
Brian Bergquist

I write this as yet another letter of praise for your current book The Baker's Boy which I am thoroughly enjoying....and am already anxious is to read the next volume in the series.
Igor Stiler

I needed something to spark the reading need in myself. Your book is the perfect elixer.
Randy Walden

Julie, let me add my voice to the choir, great job! Terrific book. Now you join the ranks of Jordan/Kurtz/Eddings/etc etc who have me hooked on a series and are making me wait for the next book. So HURRY UP, but don't rush it.
Hubert Plummer

I read your book when it came out and liked it a lot!!...Working where I do (B. Dalton) I tend to read a lot, to say the least. And you are one of the best new writers I have had the pleasure to read.
Collins Borgman

Dear Ms. Jones - Your book was one of the better fantasy novels I've read in the last decade or so, and considering that I was the founder of an SF/Fantasy bookstore, and the SF expert/new book buyer for the Recycle Books chain (and therefore read just about everything released between 1984 and 1994, when I went back to being a computer geek, which pays A LOT better...) that saying quite a bit.
Dave Medinnus
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