I can’t remember when I had as much fun as I did reading Star of the Morning, the first of Lynn Kurland‘s Nine Kingdoms novels. The king is annoying, but Miach and Morgan are likeable. There is plenty of sword fighting, magery, and romance (but no sex). I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books about Morgan and, I hope, Miach:
I don’t remember having read anything by Lois McMaster Bujold before. I enjoyed The Curse of Chalion and finished it in less than 24 hours. I’m glad I didn’t stop reading it after the first chapter as I was tempted to do. As Jo Beverley is quoted in a blurb on the back cover “It is a truly enthralling story with a wonderful hero, dire challenges, and a subtle but thoroughly satisfying love story.” I’m looking forward to reading the other books set in this universe, Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt, as well as other books she’s written.
The Siren Depths (San Francisco: Night Shade Books, 2012), Book 3 of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura, is the best of the three books in the series. (I wrote about The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea last month.) Moon and the reader learn about his early life and how he ended up being alone in the Three Worlds. In this volume, Wells does more in the way of character development, though her imagination is still obvious.
The cover of this book has a similar problem to the last one: The Raksura, if it is Moon, is the wrong color.
I’m planning to read Wells’ Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy next.
A Marked Man is Hamilton’s second Abigail Adams mystery. I liked it even better than the first one, The Ninth Daughter, which I read in December. There are fewer interruptions in the action. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Sup with the Devil.
I’ve also become interested in reading more about the real John and Abigail Adams.
Silent Weapons is the second book in the Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations trilogy. I didn’t like it quite as much as the first book, The Persistence of Memory, which I read and wrote about in November, probably because there are so many characters to keep track of , most of whom are not in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series or movies. The third book in the series, The Body Electric, was released in December.
The Ninth Daughter (New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 2009) is Barbara Hamilton‘s firstAbigail Adams mystery. The novel is set in 1773 Boston and surrounding areas. Well-known Sons of Liberty, like John Adams, Sam Adams, and Paul Revere, make appearances.
According to a post on Barbara Hambly’s website, Hamilton hopes “that the series continues at least far enough for Abigail to do some sleuthing in tandem with Martha Washington in the seige-camp outside of occupied Boston during the Seige, and–crossed fingers–with Mr. Jefferson in pre-revolutionary Paris.”
The next two mysteries in the series are A Marked Man and Sup with the Devil.
Barbara Hamilton is apparently a pseudonym of Hambly’s (“Barbara Hamilton“). Hambly has been one of my favorite fantasy writers for many years; I particularly enjoyed her Darwath series, Windrose Chronicles, and Sun-Cross novels (“Barbara Hambly“).