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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
The Ivy Tree - Mary Stewart After mostly liking Nine Coaches Waiting, I decided to try another Mary Stewart. This is another mystery. It’s not nearly as atmospheric and I had figured out the central twist long before it was actually revealed. However, the characters were interesting and the beautiful descriptions of Northumberland were great. [May 2010]


I had read this a long time ago, but have been reading more Stewart lately and wanted to revisit it. I was interested by how obvious the mystery seems on a second read, though I remember feeling surprised when the big reveal comes along. In some ways, I enjoyed it more this time through, and certainly I like it better than Nine Coaches Waiting or Madam, Will You Talk. Though perhaps not quite as much as Thornyhold. (Dec 2011)