I am a MONSTER for keeping secrets from you
What. A. Week.
But the other one was my book for the week, new from Stephen R Donaldson. The King’s Justice is actually a pair of novellas (the other being ‘The Auger’s Gambit’), which is like getting a two for one on Mike’n’Ike’s! Seriously, so amazing!!
The first story, ‘The King’s Justice’, was by far my favorite. The world felt richer, and the characters more vibrant to me. I really liked the pacing as well, it never felt too rushed, but methodical, which fit the character, marvelous.
‘The Auger’s Gambit’ was, for me, a bit of a miss. The main character lacked a little in motivation, and I never felt the world-building nearly as much. However, the prose, as always with Donaldson, is superb and worth your time.
OH my god! even better than the first book! Quickly becoming one of my favoritest writers, and a milieu that I can’t get enough of. So amazing.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey-
One of those books I go back to over and over. Perfectly balanced world and characters, and epic in the most amazing way. I adore all the books in the series, but I do go back to Dart more than the others.
‘The Collectors’ by Phillip Pullman
A short story in the ‘His Dark Materials’ universe, I really enjoyed it’s blend of mystery and knowing winks at the reader.
The Wars of Light and Shadow series by Janny Wurts
Pick up The Curse of the Mistwraith and fall into the most criminally under-read epic fantasy I can think of. This is large scale fantasy done right, with much of the pacing and brilliant characterization that you remember from the ‘Empire’ trilogy she wrote with Raymond Feist, and a lot of world-building beyond that which is all her own. Seriously, give this a try.
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