I really like the characters in these books--Kim is an awesome heroine whose laid-back attitude and attempts to make the right decisions are believable and relatable. I had no idea what that was, but if you check omniscient wikipedia, the series has a lot in common with that genre. Usually urban fantasy calls to mind a P. While this would be an excellent duology conclusion, I hope that there will be more Dobrenica titles -- it's too fun a setting to think I'll never return! Not in the sense that all stories must end that way, but in the sense that. Kim is sure something fishy is going on, and sure enough, all the obvious stuff has gone down--the mysterious bastard cousin has been making a play for the throne, as has the endlessly annoying Tony. Sherwood Smith is back to the world of Debrenica and the California girl, Kim, who finds herself longing for the land she left behind and one person who stole her heart.
I liked that the heroine was able to sort out the difference between love and mere attraction. She's the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. How to show the beginning of that conversation? If you display them you will be confused, at minimum, and probably spoiled. That Kim was working on a false assumption and Alec could only try to compromise for the best of his country as Kim repeatedly acknowledges: if she wants him, she has to take Dobrenica with him - because his first love and duty is to his country. Aside from something suggested at the end of book one only a kiss is described but more could be suggested , the right decisions are made and good reasons given for them. But I guess that wouldn't be a deconstruction so much as it would be a subversion. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
I am hooked and will be waiting for the next book anxiously. It isn't quite the brilliantly momentous story we've hoped for from Smith since Crown Duel, but if you have the time and energy to wade through the politics, the characters are usually good company. So she flies first to London to stay for Xmas in Milo's house father of Alec with her whole family including Gran, aka Princess Aurelia Dseret , and then after a fencing bout with Tony she somehow succeeds in returning to Dobrenica. To enjoy this story properly, you must enjoy worldbuilding, political intrigue, and conversations about ancestors and old customs. This may have something to do with the high levels of nostalgia attached to that book, since I read a beta version of a few years before it saw publication.
Now Inda must choose between obeying his liege-or committing treason. It appears to go hand-in-hand with royals. She's worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Also, while I loved the meticulous attention to detail the Dobrenican politicking and maneuvering started to get a little overwhelming after a while; I found myself tuning out every now and again when governmental procedures or precedents were mentioned. I think in part this was because Coronets inherited some structure from Prisoner of Zenda that was lacking here. . This is just a minor thing, though.
While narrator Kim makes bad decisions on occasion, one of the things that's endearing about her is that she realizes when she's made a bad choice and she works to fix it. I wish somebody in the book was bothered by it. Smith props for dealing doing the thematic wrestling albeit subtly with a lifestyle that a lot of people are leery of, in fiction and real life. Writing books is what she loves best. So, generally, I'm not a fan of that kind of deconstruction in fiction.
There's an unexpected sincerity to these books. She does I just finished Blood Spirits and thought it was an excellent sequel to the first volume. Not just politics and personalities but ghosts and magic, murder and mystery, await her as she struggles to understand the many faces of love. Not just politics and personalities but ghosts and magic, murder and mystery, await her as she struggles to understand the many faces of love. There were a few snappy moments in the dialogue that had me giggling at times as well. I am a bit confused as to who the Salfpatras and Salmattas are and what is the difference between inimasang and Nasdrafus.
Synopsis In the third book of the Inda quartet, Inda, on the verge of adulthood, is at last coming home. But if you want to read it despite that it's spoilery as allget out , it's. And Kim, stop rushing into things and acting like the least genre savvy person alive! Once again Kim has to take sword in hand as she tries to make peace and learn the truth. It was just as much fun as the first book, and in some respects there was a little more depth. Synopsis Aurelia Kim Murray is a California girl who wishes there were more to life.
This story takes off after a couple month hiatus when Kim left Dobrenica. The culture and history, infused with mythology and magic are fascinating. To fix her mistake, Kim returns to Dobrenica, but what she finds there is far more shocking and dangerous than she ever imagined. Having seen one of her picture, it is quite clear she is Kim, probably, but it is a secondary point. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs.
There was a great mystery there, not as much action as last time, but, what there was played out very well. You really need to read book 1 to get the full effect. And definitely brain-engaging, even if you don't have my interest in imaginary countries. But I was not prepared for murder, mystery, or the chillingly real presence of the undead. The magic that is worked by the elders of the country — no matter what their religion, prayer, in any language, has a lot to do with magical power — is fascinating and given more force here.
Or cluck like a chicken to tea Splendid book, with just the perfect flair of adventure and romance and horror--it hits a very sweet spot for me. Darcy lookalike that she fell in love with last summer and who just happens to be the crown prince of Dobrenica. King Evred has also ordered Inda to take over the strait once the battle is won, but Inda, a former pirate, knows that this is a very bad idea. New characters were introduced and names from the first book were fleshed out but the overall characterization and charm was not really there for me. I really hope ther I liked Blood Spirits even more than it's predecessor. Fresh Fiction Sherwood Smith is a world-building genius.