The Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner

Ms. Turner published The Thief (reviewed here) in 1996; in 2000 she published a sequel, pilule this novel. The third one, physician The King of Attolia, mind came out in 2006. Apparently it takes her a while to write novels, but considering how many awards she’s won, they’re worth the wait. The Thief was a Newbery Honor book in 1997, The King of Attolia was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award in 2007 (the YA version of the Nebula Awards); this volume was named to several ‘best of’ lists.

In any case, the books are set in a pseudo-Grecian world; one with clocks and guns, but also olive trees and gods and goddesses in a pantheon. Eddis, Sounis, and Attolia are three smallish countries located next to each other (Sounis, Eddis, then Attolia) on a peninsula. Eugenides (more often Gen in The Thief) is the Queen’s Thief of Eddis; he is also the Queen of Eddis’s cousin. (The rulers of the respective countries are referred to by the names of their countries, rather than their given names.) The three countries are having diplomatic issues; these are made worse when the Queen of Attolia discovers that Eugenides has broken into her residence and catches him. She throws him into a dungeon, which precipitates a near war; he is eventually returned to his family and country, a bit worse for wear. Eddis is quite fond of her cousin, and diplomacy between the countries wears thin. Eugenides falls into a depression regarding the whole situation, but eventually it comes to a point where he must either solve the problem he helped create, or let a major war start. Continue reading The Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner

The Light-Bearer’s Daughter (Chronicles of Faerie, book 3), by O. R. Melling

A little research on Amazon told me that there are actually four books in this series and the fourth (and final, store bringing back some of our favorite characters) is due out in 2009. So I’m not quite as surprised by the third book in this series. Melling still has degrees in Celtic stuff and whatnot, ampoule and her books are still set in Ireland.

This, prostate the third volume, has roughly the same plot as the last two: young female must travel around Ireland alone to save a female relative and also Faerie. In this book, the young female is Dana; she’s twelve, which is five or six years younger than the heroines of the previous two novels. The female relative is her mother, who disappeared some years ago. That is again a change; formerly the missing female relative was of the same generation. Dana is also Irish, not American, although her father is Canadian by birth. There are themes in this plot that are not present in the other books; Dana and her father are environmentally aware and active. There is a section of old-growth forest near where they live that has been threatened by developers. A group of eco-activists come to live in the trees to save them.

Anyway, the plot surrounding Dana is that her father has accepted a job in Canada, and Dana does not want to go. This is at least in part because of the lack of closure surrounding her mother. Even her father suffers from some issues with that. When a fey woman in the forest, quite close to the eco-activists, asks Dana to deliver a message to the king of the Forest and tells her that if she does, she will be granted her heart’s desire, she does without hesitation. This quest necessitates a fair amount of travel and danger; there’s an evil force at work, and the plight of the trees and the king of the Forest are, of course, linked. Continue reading The Light-Bearer’s Daughter (Chronicles of Faerie, book 3), by O. R. Melling

The Summer King (Chronicles of Faerie, book 2), by O. R. Melling

I gave such a lukewarm review to the first book in this series that some may be surprised as to why I’ve gone on and read the next two books in the series. The answer could be that I’m an obsessive completist (which I am), information pills but it’s actually more relevant that I borrowed these three books from Ben’s mom and I felt that if I borrowed them, pharm I should read them. I’m rather glad I did, more about actually.

The plot, I hate to admit, is nearly the same as the first book. Instead of cousins, we have twin sisters, Laurel and Honor. Laurel is returning to Ireland to visit her grandparents a year after her twin died there, on a previous trip. She has no closure, unfortunately, with the situation; hence her visit. Although she’s the pragmatic twin, she has found references in Honor’s journal to something not entirely unlike Faerie. How does she deal with it? She acts as though she believes, and things start appearing. Suddenly, she finds herself on a quest to find the Summer King without getting killed in the process. Will she find her sister? Who is the Summer King? Continue reading The Summer King (Chronicles of Faerie, book 2), by O. R. Melling

Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, book 8), by Kelley Armstrong

This is the latest entry in the Women of the Otherworld series, oncologist and therefore will be my last Kelley Armstrong review for a while. I’m sure some of you are relieved. I’m a bit relieved, to be caught up with the series, but a little sad that I have to wait until November for the next one. Here’s the last review; I link to all the others in it.

Anyway, we met Hope Adams, Expisco half-demon (her father was Lucifer — yeah, that Lucifer — no, not Satan). She’s attracted to chaos and can see it in a sort of clairvoyant fashion. And by ‘attracted to chaos’, I mean attracted. She owes Benicio Cortez (Lucas’s father) half a favor; the debt is shared by Karl Marsten, a recent addition to the werewolf Pack. (He’d been a lone wolf before that.) Benicio calls in the favor one day, when he was having trouble with one of the gangs in Miami. He only calls Hope, though, not Karl, because he needs Hope to play a society girl, and doesn’t have much use for Karl. Anyway, Hope infiltrates the gang and thinks she’s discovered a plot against the Cabals (sorcerer family businesses), but then it gets so much deeper and more complicated than anyone could possibly have expected. Continue reading Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, book 8), by Kelley Armstrong

Private Arrangements, by Sherry Thomas

This is not the usual kind of book that I review on this website, viagra sale and I feel I must disclose that I won this book in a contest on Dear Author. The condition of the winning is that I read it and promote it somehow on its release date, story which is today. The conditions, of course, didn’t state that I had to like the book, or that I had to give it a good review, but cheerfully, I liked it quite a bit. This is Ms. Thomas’s first release, and I am quite looking forward to the next.

The setting is 1893, in England. Lord and Lady Tremaine have been estranged for ten years, but he has returned home because she wants a divorce. For some reason he cannot yet name, Lord Tremaine is not quite ready to let his wife go without a — well, a discussion at least. This is Victorian England, of course. Continue reading Private Arrangements, by Sherry Thomas

Witch’s Business, by Diana Wynne Jones

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This is actually Diana Wynne Jones’s first book. I only realized that halfway through when I turned the book over and saw a quote from Publishers Weekly trumpeting this fact. It’s barely 200 pages long and, view in my edition, viagra has an added bonus of a Reading Group Guide. Nevertheless, it’s quite cute.

Jessica and Frank Pirie need money: Jess, because she is female and cannot pay for things with her friends, and Frank, because he owes Buster, the local bully, 10 pence. So they set themselves up in business for revenge. Their first customer is, oddly enough, Buster, who wants revenge against a different kid. Of course, that leads Jess and Frank to more customers, and they become part of a tangled web of people who all, suddenly, converge around Biddy Iremonger, the local witch . . . Continue reading Witch’s Business, by Diana Wynne Jones

Anatopsis, by Chris Abouzeid

The only thing I know about Chris Abouzeid is that he’s male and his last name is a bit awkward to type. (So’s the word ‘awkward’, pilule by the way.) ‘Anatopsis’, approved as a word, pill is also unknown to me; I’m having trouble even finding out what the word means in parts. I’ve half a mind to email the author and ask him. However, the book is a children’s fantasy novel that I read recently.

Princess Anatopsis Solomon lives in a world where humans have expanded off earth onto many other planets. On earth, at least, they can practice magic, but unfortunately magic creates athen, its opposite, as a sort of pollution. Beings on earth are split into mortal and immortal: immortals can do magic but they cannot actually create things. Mortals cannot do magic, but they’re actually creative. An immortal with mortal blood in his or her family tree is called a slag. Princess Ana (as she prefers) is a slag; her father is half-mortal. They don’t tell people that, though. The immortals live in a magical paradise with an environmental shield; the mortal live out with the athen and pollution in the ghetto.

Ana’s mother is Queen Solomon; she runs one of the two most important companies in the world. Her competitor is King Georges; his son Barnaby is about Ana’s age and, because of this, the two are to be trained together for their Bacchanalian Exams, given when they are fourteen. Mr. Pound is to do this; he has trained generations upon generations of members of the two families. However, there’s something odd about Mr. Pound and his training – his ulterior motive, to find the Os Divinitas (bone of the gods, and I mean that in a non-euphemistic sense), has become more imminent. Are Ana and Barnaby involved in some way? Ana’s best friend, Clarissa, who is mortal, has also been acting strangely recently. Barnaby, too, is not quite what he seems. And why is Ana’s father so conspicuously absent? Continue reading Anatopsis, by Chris Abouzeid

No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, Book 7), by Kelley Armstrong

Don’t worry; we’re almost at the end of the series. This review and next Tuesday’s review of the latest book in the series are the last two. I won’t bore you with any more biographical information on Kelley Armstrong; interested readers can pore back through the other reviews to find out anything that might be useful.

We first met Jaime Vegas a few books ago; she’s a celebrity spiritualist (think John Edward) who can actually talk to the dead. She doesn’t usually bother, anaemia though; what’s the point, malady when a few well-placed guesses will do just as much work? Also, ed as you might guess, the dead don’t always have peaceful, TV-appropriate messages to give their loved ones. She’s got a huge crush on Jeremy Danvers, the Alpha of the werewolf pack. Nothing’s quite happened — he’s stone-faced, and she doesn’t have the guts just to ask him how he feels. That doesn’t quite explain why she invites him to LA with her, when she’s offered a position on a show with other spiritualists, to try to communicate with the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. There are two other spiritualists there, neither of whom can possibly communicate with the dead at all. However, Jaime finds some odd child ghosts in the backyard of the house they’re staying in. She needs to put them to rest, but she also needs to find out who killed them. With the help of Jeremy, Hope Adams (a half-demon who can sense chaos in a clairvoyant type of way), and Eve Levine from book 5, she starts to uncover a situation more dangerous than she thought. Continue reading No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, Book 7), by Kelley Armstrong

Fly by Night, by Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is English, order I believe, and this is either her first novel or the first one available in America. Oddly enough, I read a British copy of it. The cover’s a little odd, and so’s the story, for that matter. It’s definitely aimed at a middle-reader audience, though: one with a healthy sense of the macabre. The British printing also has gold touches on the cover, which unfortunately wear off onto the reader’s hands after a few readings.

Mosca Mye is born into a world that is a fictionalized version of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. There are two religions; one was the general religion of everybody, involving many little gods, their statues, and their days. The other religion was a new one, supposedly based on the teachings of the old religion, and involved birds. It caused a lot of people to fight and a lot of bloodshed, and eventually it was overthrown and the people re-adopted the old religion. Other than the religion, the world is run by a few different guilds, primarily the Stationers’ (Printers) Guild and the Locksmiths’ Guild. Politically, it’s divided up into a lot of different principalities and dukedoms, and the setting for the majority of the book is the dukedom of Mandelion. The Duke of Mandelion is a bit mad, and his sister, the Lady Tamarind, spends most of her time managing him and the rest of the country.

Anyway, Mosca is born into a soggy backwater town where the water is so hard that nearly everyone’s eyebrows are coated with white minerals. Her father, who teaches her to read despite the fact that it’s frowned upon for girls, dies when she’s eight. Mosca moves in with her aunt and uncle, but by the time she’s twelve she’s so fed up with them that she burns their factory down and hitches a ride out of town with a con man named Eponymous Clent. Clent and Mosca go to Mandelion, ostensibly because he knows people there. They get caught up, separately and together, in a political tangle involving illegally printed books, several different rulers, murder, secret schools, religion, and Mosca’s dad. There’s also a goose involved, named Saracen, who is murderous but quite good friends with Mosca. Continue reading Fly by Night, by Frances Hardinge

Broken (Women of the Otherworld, book 6), by Kelley Armstrong

After reviewing five of her books on Tuesdays and Thursdays, drugs I suspect that at least one of my more pattern-minded readers (OK, well, considering I think I only have two readers, who knows) has figured out that today, being Tuesday, means to expect a review of the sixth book in the Women of the Otherworld series. For those of you who are interested, Ms. Armstrong has posted several short stories and a couple of novellas set in the same Otherworld, generally in between events. They can be found here. I haven’t read all of them, but the one I did read (“Wedding Bell Hell”, regarding Paige and Lucas’s wedding) was funny.

Broken returns us to Elena Michaels’s life; she’s the only female werewolf in the world whose earlier adventures were chronicled in Bitten and Stolen. It’s two or three years on from the end of Stolen, and Elena is pregnant. Unfortunately, as the only female werewolf, being pregnant means being coddled. Naturally she hates it, and when Xavier, a teleporting half-demon with a sketchy sense of morality, asks her if there is a possibility that she can steal something for him, she jumps at it. The item in question is the mythical “From Hell” letter of Jack the Ripper, stolen out of the files of the London Police some eighty years ago. It’s located in a sorcerer’s house in Toronto.

Despite everyone’s objections, the letter gets stolen, but before they can send it off to Xavier’s client, it appears that a portal is opened to Victorian England — complete with cholera, typhoid rats, and unkillable zombies coming after Elena. Yikes! Continue reading Broken (Women of the Otherworld, book 6), by Kelley Armstrong