Thieves’ Quarry is second in a series by D.B. Jackson featuring Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker in pre-Revolutionary Boston. Ethan is also a conjuror, which is helpful for his job, but the God-fearing public would just as soon hang him for a witch.
For many years I’ve known I was an introvert. But it wasn’t until I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain that I truly began to understand what that meant. It satisfied my need to understand myself and others – introverts and extroverts – and backed it up by the science. Yet, the tone of the book is conversational, as if you are sitting in a comfortable nook with the author explaining it all in easy-to-understand language.
Jane is a vampire hunter for hire with the coolest motto I’ve ever heard: “Have stakes, will travel.” Jane is one of the more unusual characters in urban fantasy right now and each book in the series is multilayered and exciting. Don’t believe me? Check out this list.
I was excited F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was a novel my daughter’s English class was reading this semester. Last year, when her class read my all-time favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird, she and I had wonderful discussions.
I wanted to repeat the experience.
Now, it’s been many years since I read Gatsby. I decided this time I’d read along at the same pace as the class and get the benefit of their discussions in talking with my daughter later.
I was looking for a fantasy novel that included gods as characters and happened upon N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. As someone who is always on the hunt for something different in the fantasy genre, I found this an intriguing novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Every once in a while I have to try something new. This time, it was Faith Hunter‘s Rogue Mage trilogy: Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host. I was blown away by this series – and have found another author I love!
The wordbuilding is cool, something I haven’t run into before and the main character, Thorn St. Croix, is a tiny kick-ass whirlwind without being an over-the-top indestructible machine. Believe me, she has some very, very bad days.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading lately, so I have two book reviews: Rules of Ascension and Seeds of Betrayal, books 1 and 2 of the Winds of the Forelands tetralogy by David B. Coe. These promise to be the beginning of a very good epic fantasy.