The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Finished this last night. I grabbed the Sword and Sorceress III volume from the library in order to read the beginning of the story, and that was very compelling. This volume developed the characters and story arc. I found it less a single novel than a sequence of encounters, but there is an undergirding narrative that connects the separate chapters flowing and coherent. Although I liked this book a lot, I didn’t see the kind of growth and change in the characters that I have seen in other Lackey novels. I will continue reading the the series, though, and see where Tarma and Kethry take me. View all my reviews >>
Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve been listening to this on during my commutes, and I find it reviting. After the first couple chapters, I couldn’t help thinking that this would be great material to adapt for a Dogs in the Vineyard game.
Settlers on a frontier, with folk-magic and religous fundamentalism, richly-textured characters and a compelling story; good stuff!
I borrowed this audiobook from Listen Up! Vermont, and this production features several different voice actors narrating chapters with focus on different characters to great effect. I haven’t finished it, but I’m glad to see that there are more books in the series. I’ll have to seek out some reviews.
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