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Fantasy

Read Nettle & Bone

Read Nettle & Bone

After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.

Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.

On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.

The first couple pages kind of put me off and confused me, but I pressed on because it’s T. Kingfisher, and by 10% I was into it.

Marra’s a little slow on the uptake, but very determined and practical. Funnily enough, her total down-to-earthness lets her complete two “impossible” tasks because it doesn’t occur to her that they take anything more than willpower and doing, that they’re meant to be impossible. This is much more the kind of nun story I’m interested in than Matrix, which I bailed on.

Interesting world as always from T. Kingfisher, with hints of so much more going on. I liked how the ending proceeded. Plus a hint of romance which I always love.

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Fantasy Romance

Read Paladin’s Hope

Read Paladin’s Hope (The Saint of Steel, #3)

Piper is a lich-doctor, a physician who works among the dead, determining causes of death for the city guard’s investigations. It’s a peaceful, if solitary profession…until the day when he’s called to the river to examine the latest in a series of mysterious bodies, mangled by some unknown force.

Galen is a paladin of a dead god, lost to holiness and no longer entirely sane. He has long since given up on any hope of love. But when the two men and a brave gnole constable are drawn into the web of the mysterious killer, it’s Galen’s job to protect Piper from the traps that await them.

He’s just not sure if he can protect Piper from the most dangerous threat of all…

A smaller story than the first two, but with some important social change (and I suspect setting up the next book). I haven’t read the clocktaur books yet and think it would have benefited the read since there were several mentions. I liked this story and the two main characters. I would have liked even more of the gnoles.

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Fantasy

Read A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Read A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

Fourteen-year-old Mona isn’t like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can’t control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt’s bakery making gingerbread men dance.

But Mona’s life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona’s city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona’s worries…

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Fantasy Romance

Read Paladin’s Strength

Read Paladin’s Strength (The Saint of Steel, #2) by T. Kingfisher

He’s a paladin of a dead god, tracking a supernatural killer across a continent. She’s a nun from a secretive order, on the trail of the raiders who burned her convent and kidnapped her sisters.

When their paths cross at the point of a sword, Istvhan and Clara will be pitched headlong into each other’s quests, facing off against enemies both living and dead. But Clara has a secret that could jeopardize the growing trust between them, a secret that will lead them to the gladiatorial pits of a corrupt city, and beyond…

Another great entry from Kingfisher. I very much liked both main characters, and also was beating my head for their continued self-beating about wanting the other and as was advertised on Twitter this is definitely a please just bone already! story. A delightful cast of side characters, and truly gross and creepy and scary monsters. This is a fantasy romance with a strong punch of horror, so it makes sense why she self published, but also, more like this please. I’m all about genre mashups, and collectively I feel like we live in a mashup culture, so book marketers need to figure out how to sell more books like this.