Seraphina by Rachel Hartman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Dragons are the enemy – and Seraphina’s mother was one. If a war starts between the humans and the dragons, what will happen to her? Will music save her life? Will the Saints lives provide a clue or do their collective writings mean Seraphina should … More

A Breath of Snow and Ashes & Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

5 stars. This big fat book covers 3 years, leading up the American Revolution. Hardly any time travel at all – but several time travelers! And *surprise* some of them are not very nice people. Lots of drama about Loyalist vs Tory, and the oaths which the Highlanders made to King George… should they break … More A Breath of Snow and Ashes & Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Dark Ages – a time when nothing happened. Yes? No. Tuchman follows the life of the last Count of Coucy through the 1300s. The book opens before his birth, with a description of chivalry and the state of the continent, and of course a chapter on the Black Death, the plague which left Europe … More A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman