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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 Book of Jhereg - Steven Brust This is actually comprised of three books: Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla. They’re the first three Vlad Taltos books to be published, but they’re all over the place chronologically. Because I got out this three-in-one volume, I’ve been reading the series in publication order. I’m still undecided about that. (My feelings on publication vs. chronological largely depend on the series.) In this case, there are big things which I assume happen in the first chronological book and which are referenced here. However, enough context is given that I wasn’t completely muddled.

The short version is that I enjoyed this three books a lot. I like Vlad, I like Cawti, I like Loiosh. I like the world, which has some nice political maneuvering (ah, fantasy politics!) and which has both originality and solidity. I’m really curious about the fact that Vlad’s grandfather calls the Dragaerans elfs. I would like some explanation of that at some point (if you happen to know, please don’t tell me!). And I enjoyed the supporting cast a lot.

Solid, original, and fun. I think that pretty much sums it up.

Book source: public library
Book information: Ace, 1999; adult fantasy