A belated look at the new releases for the first umm… third of the year? Starting off the ones I’ve actually read in the SF/F space…
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s NEOGENESIS: Latest Liaden installment, and unlike the more recent releases, I felt there was FINALLY some progress in the overall series arc. I am still on the fence around some kind-of-icky cultural appropriation when it comes to their Bedel community, but hurrah for actually moving on with the story. Could have done with fewer plot threads to track, but you can’t have everything…
Elizabeth Moon’s INTO THE FIRE: I probably would have benefited from a series re-read before diving into this book, and there were a few too many random POVs tossed in for my liking. Also, the main protagonists (Ky, Stella, and yes, Grace) came across as being way too whiny, especially for people who are meant to be actual grown-ups.
Karen Healey and Robyn Fleming’s THE EMPRESS OF TIMBRA: A new-to-me author pairing and an interesting take on traditional epic-fantasy-type happenings, as it’s told from the POV of teenagers on the periphery of events. I thought it a bit reminiscent of Sherwood Smith’s YA fantasy books. I’d definitely pick up the next book.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s OBSIDIO: I’ve loved their innovative take on epistolary-style storytelling. This concluding volume brought all the previous strands together, and yes, I shed a tear or two.
Jodi Taylor’s AN ARGUMENTATION OF HISTORIANS: She’s 100% an autobuy author and I wasn’t disappointed with this book. As always, her writing is rich in historical detail without compromising entertainment (honestly, I’ve learnt more history from her books than I did at school). There’s some properly suspenseful moments in this book, balanced out with lovely touches on the relationships front. Really satisfying, and one of my favourite books this year so far.
Eileen Wilks’s DRAGON BLOOD: Way too much info-dumping and introspection. The story just about came together at the end, but this was really the second half to the previous book. Both books could have been edited down into a single volume IMO.
Patricia Briggs’s BURN BRIGHT: Ah, I loved seeing Anna & Charles again. And Leah was the proper revelation in this book. A solid Briggs, so if you like her writing, you’d like this book; if you don’t, this isn’t going to change your mind.