Terrific bodice-ripper about an “on the shelf” spinster (at 28) who decides there is no point in being sedate and respectable anymore, and the rogue whom she recruits to help her break out of her shell. Wonderful set-pieces ensue as Lady Calpurnia sneaks into a men’s club, smokes cheroot, and and visits a tavern for the first time. Great fun, for 18 and up.
I found this story of a pre-teen girl who participates in a national revolt slow going (it took me three weeks to get through it), but my 13-year-old loved it. It has going for it a strong heroine, fun adventures, and a sense of peril when needed, but I found its world-building short on detail and its transitions too abrupt. For 12 and up.
Another ravishingly lovely book by Sharon Shinn, this continues the story begun in Mystic and Rider. While suspicions of a revolt roil the kingdom, shapeshifter Kirra goes at the king’s request to rescue the regent, Romar Brendyn. Little does she know that meeting Romar will make her question everything she thinks she knows about how she lives her life. A terrific fantasy novel about adults who make tough choices, how their friends respond to those choices, and how our choices affect the lives of those around us. A book to get lost in, for adults and mature teens.
This terrific, and heartbreaking, paranormal romance, was a real change for the series. I cried through part of this book, and its primary romance is simply terrific. As ever, there are numerous other subplots, both romances and set-ups for future stories. All were welcome. This is one of my favorites in the series. Ward only gets better. 18 and up.