Harper Voyager (2008)
Black Jewels #6
Reading this book was an interesting experience. On one hand, my prior knowledge and pleasure of reading Anne Bishop’s work gave me a certain expectation of character and story. On the other, the style of Tangled Webs altered my expectations and left me feeling the novel was somewhat, well, under-done in some way. Not necessarily a bad way, but not entirely what I was expecting.
Tangled Webs takes us once again on a journey into Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels world. Bishop has ventured many times into the Realms of the Blood, a fascinating and intricate world that takes our deepest fears, clothes them in nightmares and cobwebs and dreams, and turns the dark unknown into a rich tapestry of intrigue and magic. Bishop’s world is powerfully and realistically drawn, her characters multi-faceted and challenging, and her writing is gorgeously reminiscent of fantasy masters such as Robin McKinley and is as sexy as today’s best romance authors. Which is why I have high expectations of her work. Continue reading
Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm
The Inheritance is a collection of short stories by alter egos Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. Containing both original to the collection and reprint stories, The Inheritance is an almost soul baring group of stories, particularly those written under the Lindholm name, which stem from reflections of the author’s own life. Containing two stories set in Hobb’s Elderlings world, this book is a showcase of quality writing and thoughtful plots.
The first seven stories are nominally by Megan Lindholm. In her introduction, the author states that Lindholm’s stories are more concise than Hobb’s, while “Robin still tends to sprawl in her storytelling, so while she takes up as many pages, there are fewer stories by her in these pages.” (p. ix). So it is that the first half of the book are shorter pieces, tending to examine smaller pieces of life, but in a depth and beauty that’s hard to find in short stories today. Some stories are so slightly left of centre that they are almost mainstream, but only almost. The touch of speculation is always there, however covertly. Continue reading
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Creature Court, Book 1
I don’t know that I have the words to express how much I adore this book. I have been looking forward to it for what seems like forever, since Roberts first announced the book deal. The waiting worsened when the gorgeous cover art was released, and we were teased by release dates that didn’t match up with shelf dates. Even after I finally got my hands on it, I had reading commitments that meant it sat on my “To Be Read” shelf, giving me sultry gazes, for weeks before I could actually get to it. But boy oh boy, was it worth the wait. Continue reading