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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
A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner No-spoiler review: I just finished my first (but by no means last) read-through of A Conspiracy of Kings, the fourth in Megan Whalen Turner's series (which, for the record, I now think should be called the Basileus series). Since I know people out there are trying to avoid spoilers, this post will be a very general non-spoilery one. The next one (with an jump) will be chock full of spoilers.

I LOVED IT. Okay, yes, it did leave me wanting to read the next book now, but still. LOVE. Sophos has grown so much as a person, and I loved that his sense of humor and Gen's are so entirely different, and yet they mesh so well. I loved several of the minor characters and so many of the major ones too. I don't think I was left unsatisfied, or even exactly with questions. It's more that I have a sense of story not yet told that I didn't have at the end of the previous books. I can't wait for the next installment.

Link to spoilery review: http://bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/a-conspiracy-of-kings-spoilery/

Link to very detailed and spoilery notes: http://bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/another-conspiracy-of-kings-post/


It took me a few reads to decide that I loved this book, but I have decided and I truly do. Sophos’s story is, in its own way, as heartbreaking as Gen’s in Queen of Attolia. And I love Turner’s writing and will read everything she publishes. And I can’t wait for the next book, but fortunately I have Sounis to wait with me. [2010 in books]