All posts tagged: Fantasy

Book Review: THE KINGDOM OF COPPER

DETAILS Title: THE KINGDOM OF COPPER [book #2] Author: S. A. Chakraborty Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN: 9780062870162 Genre: Fantasy BACK COVER BLURB Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there. Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family and one misstep will doom her tribe. Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift …

My Book Haul

I’m really proud of how many books I’ve read this month, and how quickly I’ve managed to shrink my TBR pile as a result. So proud, I decided yesterday was a Book Buying Day! And why not. I still had two Christmas gift cards I hadn’t used, and what better way to use them, of course, than buying more books! Look at my haul! Two more fantasy books for Fantasy February, a couple for Mystery March, and one for All-sorts April. What do you think? Quite the nice haul, I would say.

My Christmas Book Haul

And why I still enjoy one aspect of Christmas, the giving and receiving of presents. Which for me, is usually books. This year is no exception, family and friends went all out and I have, amongst the presents I was gifted, six [6] new books! I am one very happy recipient. What, oh, the books, yes, okay, I was getting to that. So what did I get? Some that I desperately wanted, and a couple of delightful surprises. THE RECKONING by James McGee — this is a historical murder-mystery set in London of 1813, about the a hunt for a serial killer murdering women. A Jack-the-Ripper of the day so to speak. THE MOSCOW DECEPTION by Karen Robards —  a good old fashioned political (hopefully, fast paced) thriller that I have high hopes for. THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal — this is science fiction at what I hope is it’s best. As a group of female scientists and would-be astronauts look toward not just the moon, but beyond, to Mars. I am so looking forward …

Book Review: The Privilege of the Sword

DETAILS Title: THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD Author: Ellen Kushner Publisher: Bantam Spectra ISBN: 9780553382683 Genre: Fantasy BACKCOVER BLURB Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the city’s ballroom, brothels and boudoirs. Into this alluring world walks Katherine, a well-bred country girl versed in the rules of conventional society. Her mistake is thinking that they apply. For Katherine’s host and uncle, Alec Campion, aka the Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here—and to him, rules are made to be broken. When Alec decides it would be more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than to follow the usual path to marriage, her world changes forever. Blade in hand, it’s up to Katherine to navigate a maze of secrets and scoundrels and to gain the self-discovery that comes to those who master: the privilege of the sword. WHAT I THOUGHT The Privilege of the Sword has earned high praise from the likes of Joan D. Vinge (whose early work I really enjoyed), Suzy McKee Charnas, Patricia McKillip and a …