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What is the true name of the wind?

8 Jan

Meet Kvothe, a seemingly benign tavern owner who says it will take him three days to tell the story of his life properly. The tale rapidly moves from his time being trained in magic on the road with his family’s group of traveling players, to his three rough years living on the streets of Tarbean.  Once he drags himself out of despair, he needs both his vast intelligence and his street smarts to quickly move up the ranks in the magical University so he can have full access to the Archives.  Kvothe is still a teenager in the University when the book ends, but the author has dropped tantalizing nuggets as to what will come. The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller chronicle, day 1 by Patrick Rothfuss is a thick tome, but alas, not thick enough.  Laura


An alternate Earth where men are in short supply!

13 Mar

Wen Spencer’s A Brother’s Price takes you to an alternate Earth where the population is ninety percent female and men are too valuable to have any freedom. Jerin Whistler, whose mothers are respected gentry, is coming of age and wants to marry well. The course of his life, and that of his family, is changed when he risks his life to save an unknown soldier, female of course. I enjoyed the alternative social structure where men have more than one wife, take care of the home and raise the many children. There’s a little bit of everything – mystery, romance, adventure – to keep the story moving. You care about Jerin and his family and want them to survive and prosper. I enjoyed this book so much I read all the others by this author. Renee

Dragons mixed with the Napoleonic Wars

28 Dec

The fantasy novel His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is a wonderful mix of sailing ships, dragons and life in the 1800’s. After a hard-fought sea battle, Captain Laurence of HMS Reliant boards the French ship he defeated and discovers an unhatched dragon egg. Before they can make it to land, the dragon hatches and chooses the captain to be his handler. Laurence’s naval career comes to an end and he finds himself training as an aviator. His bond with Temeraire, an intelligent dragon unlike any other in the British service, only deepens. The military action and developing relationship between man and dragon pulled me into this alternative world and I quickly finished the book. I was pleased to be able to continue their story in the next two books in the series, Throne of Jade and Black Powder War. My fifteen-year-old nephew also loves the series. I hope you do to. Renee