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Book Review: Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey

  • Oct. 23rd, 2013 at 12:48 PM
This installment of the Elemental Masters series is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.” Our “ballerina” is a circus acrobat and dancer named Katie who is on the run from an abusive spouse. Our “tin soldier” is a former soldier named Jack Prescott who is an elemental magician of Fire. Our “goblin” is Katie’s husband, a ne’er-do-well named Dick, who was the Strong Man at the circus where Katie was previously employed. Since this revamp is not a precise retelling of the fairy tale, we also have Jack’s friend, Lionel Hawkins. Lionel is an elemental magician of Air, who works as a stage magician at the music hall where Jack works as a doorman. There are also a number of other helpful individuals

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The Best of All Possible Worlds involves a science fiction setting vaguely reminiscent of Ursula LeGuin’s Hainish novels (mostly because the worldbuilding involves a loose federation of related humanoid species). Our protagonist is a woman named Delarua who has the task of assisting refugees settling on her home planet. During the course of the novel, she has various adventures and eventually enters a relationship with one of the refugees, a man named Dllenanakh. She also gets into a nasty family situation and an even nastier political one.
The primary focus of the novel is on the slowly developing relationship between Delarua and Dllenanakh with the journey to various communities serving as a backdrop.

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Redoubt, book four of The Collegium Chronicles has a slow beginning and does not do very much to clear up the mysteries surrounding Mags’ parentage even though a great deal of the plot was centered on it. A great deal of the book is focused on variations of kirball, Mags’ apprenticeship as an undercover agent and his friends’ romantic difficulties and family problems. Then we get some foreshadowing in the form of someone telling Mags that the severe abuse Mags suffered as a child toughened him up so if anything horrible happened to him again he would be better able survive it. Then Mags gets kidnapped by the Mysterious Foreign Spies that have been a recurring menace in the series.

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Summary: On remote Rollrock Island, men make their living--and fetch their wives--from the sea.

The Witch Misskaella knows how to find the girl at the heart of a seal. She'll coax a beauty from the beast for any man, for a price. And what man wouldn't want a sea-wife, to and to hold, and to keep by his side forever?

But though he may tell himself that he is the master, one look in his new bride's eyes will transform him just as much as it changes her. Both will be ensnared--and the witch will look on, laughing.

In this magical, seaswept novel, Margo Lanagan tells an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also of unspoken love.

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