A deeply immersive high fantasy, told mostly in flashback, telling the early life of Kvothe, who is a legend to most people. The picture painted is of a brilliant and damaged young man, who goes to University at 15 to become an arcanist, a magic-user. I cannot overstate the strength of Rothfuss’ world-building. The present-day environment, filled with dread and superstition, the traveling player’s caravan, oozing joy and playful learning, the rank poverty of the big city, and the fascinating university and its neighboring city, an arts haven. I cannot wait to read the next one and live longer in this world.
This fantasy picks up 20 years after the first in the series finished, and it introduces us to Lirael, a 14-year-old Daughter of the Clayr who is waiting sadly to finally receive the Sight. The Sight comes young to the Clayr; in fact, Lirael is the oldest person without it, and, on her birthday, she doesn’t think she can face celebrating another person’s Awakening. Her adventures, once she decides to move on without it, take up much of the book, which takes place in a magical world with a villainous Necromancer, who raises the Dead to fight on his side. Another wonderful installment in this series, for 16 and up due to violence and creepiness.
Wow! Amazing high fantasy novel, set in Khandar, where the Vordanai army, recently routed by the revolution of the Redeemed, has brought in reinforcements from across the Demon Sea to reinstate a puppet prince on the throne of Khandar. The novel focuses on soldier Winter Ihernglass, who is just trying to keep her head down, since she is a girl in disguise, and on Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of the garrison, soon to turn his command over to a newly arrived colonel, who may just be crazy enough to take the fight back to the capital and then out across the desert. A great read – suggested 16 and up for bloody and horrific battle scenes. Can’t wait to read the sequel.
Daphne Dale and Lord Henry Seldon come from opposite sides of a long family feud. So when Henry begins an anonymous correspondence with a “sensible lady,” he never dreams that his love letters are going to a member of the hated Dale family. Romance and complications provide for a wonderful story with great leads. Very, very enjoyable for 18 and up.