Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Remember Kamet, the ambassador’s slave from a few books ago? Eugenides, King of Atolia & Thief of Eddis sent a solider to steal him. Most of the book is a travel journey, blessed by the god of “how many ways can you … More Good Batch this week
The hero is dead, long live the hero? Percy Jackson is missing, and Jason has no memory of how he got here. Who are the girlfriend and jokester-buddy who claim they’ve known him for months? Travel by dragon! Also, flame-hero meeting snow-hero = bad news. Very bad. Lots of adventure, solid back-stories on each of … More The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Incrementalists by Steven Brust SFF, 5 stars Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere A Material Witness Mystery #2) 5 stars The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton SFF, 3 stars.
OMG why did I never hear of this book before? The format is the memoir of a 90 year old woman who studied dragons all her life. This way she can write little asides to the audience such as “I was only 19, I didn’t know any better” to cover some really unpleasant imperialist-colonial relations, … More A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Romeo & Juliet, the Alaska version. (Once again, I need a Shakespeare shelf. See also Hambly’s Die Upon a Kiss https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…) Two villages, alike in dignity – no, not any more. When Alaska got the big federal payout several presidents ago, one village chose to stay traditional, and the other said fork it over. Guess … More Bad Blood and Less than a Treason by Dana Stabenow
Vika Andreyeva, Enchanter, is almost 17 years old. Nikolai Karimov, Enchanter, is 18 years old. Pasha, crown prince of Russia, is also 18. Can you predict a love triangle? (Incidentally, Niko’s maid is in love with him, but that little love triangle doesn’t count for anything, she’s a girl and not nobility.) The rest of … More The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
I should have a shelf SHAKESPEARE SPOKEN HERE but then I would embarrass myself by how many references went right over my head. Anyhow. In a Louisiana where white (rich) men regularly set up their official black mistresses (AKA placee, with the little french mark under the first e) in their own houses, in a … More Die Upon a Kiss by Barbara Hambly