Tag: Sharon Shinn

Angels of Darkness, by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Sharon Shinn & Meljean Brook


An excellent collection of four PNR shorts, featuring two of my favorite authors, Ilona Andrews and Sharon Shinn. Their stories are the strongest, but the other two are good as well. Singh’s is strong enough that I may give her writing a try again. For 18 and up.


To Weave a Web of Magic, by Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Patricia A. McKillip, Sharon Shinn


Another great set of stories from female fantasy authors. McKillip’s is my least favorite – a story of a painter and his muse. But the other three were wonderful: Kurland’s story of a princess fleeing her betrothal and the man she finds in an abandoned castle is beautifully written with a wonderful twist you won’t see coming; Shinn’s story of a well-off young woman and the rogue angel she hears so much about is lovely; and Delacroix’s haunting story of a half-fae/half-mortal woman trying desperately to throw off a curse brings grief as well as joy. For adults and older teens.

Fortune and Fate, by Sharon Shinn


This final book in the Twelve Houses series seems a quieter epilogue to the book that came before, but is no less wonderful in its own way. In this story, the civil war is over, but a high price was paid by many, including Wen, a former King’s Rider, who was one of the king’s┬átop soldiers. Tortured and guilt-ridden over her part in the war, she rides aimlessly through Gillengaria, seeking to atone by helping those in need, but careful not to settle down or commit herself. Her reluctant agreement to help a noble house challenges all of her choices, but may yet bring her the redemption she longs for. Gorgeously written, and filled with quiet hope as well as adventure, this one has everything I love in this series in miniature. Recommended.

Reader and Raelynx, by Sharon Shinn


An excellent climax to the Twelve Houses series, as seen through the eyes of Cammon, a Reader, one who can sense the emotions and intentions of others. Cammon is assigned to protect the Princess as she seeks a husband, but Gillengaria, her kingdom, is roiled with oncoming civil war, and it will cost Cammon more than he imagines to continue to protect her in the midst of that. Shinn excels in stories of friendship, and the entire Twelve Houses series is a story of extraordinary friendship. Beautifully written and utterly immersive, I enjoy her work more than anyone since Robin McKinley.

Dark Moon Defender, by Sharon Shinn


For a series that began, in Mystic and Rider, as a road trip between a disparate group of people, the stories have led our characters to become a tightly knit group of friends, and it is the under-girding friendships that help make these books so wonderful. This would be a great series for Mark Reads, if anyone has input with him.

Anyway, Dark Moon Defender focuses on one of our friends, Justin, a King’s Rider, who is assigned to establish himself in a small town and report on any rebel goings-on of interest to the king. Justin, who is more social than he thinks, is bored and restless in his assignment until he stumbles across Ellynor, a novice at the Pale Mother’s convent who should run in the opposite direction before befriending Justin. The fact that she doesn’t changes both their lives in ways they could never imagine.

Written with Shinn’s usual unflashy but gorgeous prose, Dark Moon Defender will reward any reader. Highly recommended. This isn’t a YA book, but okay for 16 and up.

The Queen in Winter, by Clare Delacroix, Sharon Shinn, Lynn Kurland, and Sarah Monette


An excellent short story collection by four women writers. These lovely fantasy tales all touch upon the title theme but take it in different directions. In Kurland’s story, a kidnapped princess can never return home if she follows the man she loves; in Shinn’s story, a follow-up to a brief scene from her Twelve Houses series, a young mother of a magical child relies on her sister to keep her and the baby safe; Delacroix’s tale is a feminist retelling of The Snow Queen, beautifully done with a modern twist; and in Monette’s story a swordswoman for hire has to solve a murder in which she’s the most likely suspect. Four wonderful reads.

The Thirteenth House, by Sharon Shinn


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.

The Truth-Teller’s Tale, by Sharon Shinn


The second of the Safe-Keepers trilogy, this book is in the world established earlier without being a true sequel. It’s another of Shinn’s lovely, lyrical works that seem to be written for adults while still being accessible for older teens. In this one, mirror-identical twins Edela and Adele grow up and come to maturity in a small town, far from the thriving capital of their world. One of them is a Safe-Keeper, born to keep the secrets that others simply must tell someone, and one is a Truth-Teller, who is unable to tell a lie and actually tells truths that others may not wish to hear. The story travels through their community’s growing trust in the sisters and their relationship with their best friend, whose father is convinced she will marry the prince. A joy.

Mystic and Rider, by Sharon Shinn


A road trip in a fantasy realm brings together mystics, who have magical power, and the King’s Riders, traveling with them to protect them. But each of the six people on the journey will be changed by it, the adventure written on their hearts. Shinn’s writing is simply exceptional, and its lyricism and whispers of romance leave you haunted. There nothing that’s not for all ages in this book, but this is a story about and for grownups.

General Winston’s Daughter, by Sharon Shinn


Another excellent book from Sharon Shinn. Our heroine, Averie, has come to a foreign land to be with her fiance and her father, who are both soldiers in an occupying force. In her naivete, Averie has never given a thought to what it might mean to the people of the country to be colonized by an occupying force, and as her mind is awakened, she can’t go back to her self-satisfied ways. An exceptional story that goes unexpected places. Wonderful. For 16 and up.