We’re currently in the middle of the second mini-heatwave of summer, which feels like it should be some sort of record for London. I’m also in a post-Olympics slump, and trying to remind myself what I did before there was cycling/diving/pentathlon on TV every evening…
The Olympics has meant I’ve done very little reading during August. I did finish Kate Elliott’s brand-new release POISONED BLADE though, which I count as a win!
It’s the sequel to her YA debut COURT OF FIVES and even better than the first, IMO. I felt COURT OF FIVES was more straightforward adventure; in POISONED BLADE, she brought the layers of complexity I expect from an Elliott book, while continuing to build on the relationships established in the first book. The slight threads of romance (or attraction?) worked better for me as well, perhaps because more ambiguity and growth (on all sides) was introduced. At times though, there was so much arguing between Jessamy and other characters that it frustrated me. But maybe that’s what I’m meant to feel – anger is tiring, and the conversations made sense in the larger context of the story. TL;DR: Good installment and I look forward to the next book!
Links of interest:
- How the Hugo nominations would have looked like without the RP slates: I haven’t paid much attention to the Hugos this year (or any other awards, come to think of it), but I found the revised shortlists interesting.
- Jo Beverley passed away in May: I never mentioned this here at that time, but news of her death came as a real shock to me. She was one of my favourite historical romance authors when I was growing up, and I have so many of her books on my shelves.
- Lois McMaster Bujold talks about self-publishing: I feel like I’ve linked this before, but can’t find it. Really interesting read and she mentions Fictionwise – remember it? I probably spent a fortune on their sales.