The Bad Guy is really bad. (His father is worse.) The King is really useless. The Magic is all a fraud… or is it? And should the Real Magic be kept under wraps? Girls can’t qualify as Official Musicians, but Lin is so great that the Greatest Bard encouraged her to pay her music at … More Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
The story cheats – it fails to follow genre standards in two places! Well done. Nameless boy, who might or might not be related to heroes from previous books, has leadership written all over him. This does not sit well with one other boy, who would quite like leadership and has a sharp knife to … More Tale of Oriel & Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt
Most adorable book ever. I rec it to everyone 10 years and older. A young dragon caught a cold… in his fire. According to Grandpa in mythical Japan, he has to eat a phoenix shell in the Far North to relight his fire. Clearly, his two friends ill will tag along to help.
We’re putting the band back together… not the musical band. The war band. Why? Because one person’s daughter took up the warrior’s road and got well and truly trapped by a siege. Slogged through ~145 pages. Most boring book I’ve read in a long long time.
The prologue is very fast paced. The main book, I skipped here and there. Something is going on Up North. Mysterious messages, delivered mysteriously. A not-by-the-book hero. A medical officer who is a lot more observant than she ought to be. A completely unnecessary bed partner, who seems to be there because James Bond ™. … More Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
Two young foxes watch an semi-abandoned country house. His Lordship fails at the capital and retires to said country house. Her Ladyship dutifully follows her husband, even though a strange thing happened to her at this very country house. The countryside. Where things are not entirely civilized. The young fox falls in love with His … More The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
My hometown was freezing… so what better than to read a voyage through the frozen North? Couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting into it until someone looked at a pic of ‘the girlfriend.’ I’ve gotten used to books where women take an active role, not staying home to be ‘the girlfriend.’ Oh. So that’s … More Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen