I don't know if I'm remembering it correctly, but I read a book that had 15–20 different characters in it, and told the story from their perspectives. I think they might have made a movie out of it too.

I wanna say they were human-looking, but with slight animal features; like a nose that looks like a bird beak, for example.

I remember one scene towards the end where they all meet up on a train one way or another to go towards the book's finale. I remember a few of them using magic to teleport into the train, and another somehow went down on a mine cart or something to get there.

What book is this?

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    Do you remember when you read it, or when it might have been published?
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 11:52
  • just that it was I was younger . I'm 32 now, so maybe in my youth sometime . :(
    – Drax100
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 12:36
  • Take a look at this list for possible details you can include in your question Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 12:37
  • Not a great title. Without the information about the bird breaks and the train this could be anything from The Canterbury Tales to Dracula. Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 16:33
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    @Drax100: “just that it was I was younger” Helpful. Are you sure you didn’t read it when you were older than you are now? Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 17:43

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This reminds me of the 1998 fantasy novel The Innkeeper's Song by Peter Beagle. In particular the part about the rotating Points of view throughout the storyline and the magical aspects. I don't think it was 15-20 different views. But, it did give the impression of many more people than were actually involved because of the switching around. As it was published about 18-19 years ago and given you are 32 (you mentioned reading it sometime in your youth) that would seem about the right timing.

Peter Beagle is known as being something of a young adult author (e.g. the Last Unicorn) so that would also seem to make it a good chance it could have been something you might have read. Finally, you mention animal shapes/noses. One of the views is the nun's companion (a fox) who, as you might expect, has a sharp nose.

Below is a brief excerpt. Additional covers/descriptions can be found here:

Searching for his lover in a shadowy, magic world, young Tikat meets three mysterious cloaked women, whose quest involves saving their mentor, a once-powerful wizard, from losing his magic to a treacherous enemy.

The one thing that I am not immediately remembering is the train scene. But, it has been a few years since I read it.

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