Robin Hood is Welsh? Of course, why didn’t anyone point this out before! Rhi Bran i Hod = King Raven the Enchanter. What better way to scare off the pursuit than by pretending to be a giant black bird with raven-feather fletched arrows? He’s not a man, he’s a phantom! Who wants to marry Merian, … More Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead
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.
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
Book 1: The king is dead, long live the – hey, where’s the heir? Save the princess! Book 2: OK, we found the princess, can we put her on the throne? Falcio val Mond the Greatcoat, the optimist who believes, really believes, in the King’s Law, wants some of the Dukes to back the princess’s … More Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell
The war is over, what’s left to write about? Time to bring the story back to the personal: Meg & Simon, are they going to kiss again or not? Incidentally, Policeman Montgomery has a criminal brother, that would be petty crime and not global war, and Jimmy is coming to town. Jimmy is Not Nice … More Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
After 10 books, it’s time to take Mercy Thompson out of her comfort zone, and drop her off in _country_ (spoiler) after which she escapes to Prague. There are several new set of vamps & werewolves for Mercy to deal with, and several of them think were-coyote = weak and helpless. Until somebody is literally … More Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
First of all, the cover: is it eldritch abomination with tentacles hanging down, or is it pointy white hoods coming up in the night? Yes. It is. If you read Lovecraft, you probably know Mr. Braithwaite. I didn’t, so I met the sorcerer in this book. It took a while to realize he was a … More Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff