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The Grace of Kings

18952341Title: The Grace of Kings
Author: Ken Liu
Series:  The Dandelion Dynasty, book 1
Genre:  Fantasy, silkpunk, epic fantasy, low fantasy, slice of life, political fantasy

Opening sentence:

A white bird hung still in the clear western sky and flapping it wings sporadically.

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The Curse of Chalion

61886Title: The Curse of Chalion
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Genre: Fantasy, epic fantasy, political fantasy

Opening sentence:

Cazaril heard the mounted horsemen on the road before he saw them.

I picked this up because I had just finished reading Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen and was reminded just how much I adore fantasy that is all about politics. Not the politics of our world (though I like that as well) but the political games of second world fantasy. I like intrigue, spycraft and political maneuvering in my fiction. There is a reason why West Wing and Spooks are among my favourite tv-series. The Curse of Chalion had turned up in my recommendations when I based them on Trickster’s Queen. It had really good reviews from a stack of authors whom I respect so I thought, why not give it a go.

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The Thief

7030046Title: The Thief
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: Fantasy

Opening sentence:

I did not know how long I had been in the king’s prison.

This book has been sitting in my to-read list for five years, ever since I came to goodreads, and I didn’t read it till this week. It was one of the books that Tamora Pierce had rated highly. Lately it kept coming up in my recommendations, so being out of book, I thought, what the hell I will go pick up the preview on kindle. So I read that and after half of it I bought the book and I just kept reading. Continue reading The Thief

Stories by T. Kingfisher

22877105Today and yesterday I read no less than three stories by T. Kingfisher aka Ursula Vernon who wrote Jackalope Wives. I started by reading The Dryad’s Shoe in Women Destroy Fantasy and loved it. I of course had to search out other works by her and it turned out that she wrote the novella Nine Goblins, which I discovered. I liked that one enough to keep going and read the first story of Toad Words and Other Stories, Toad Words, right away. I thought I would put my reviews of all her stories I read this week in the same post, or it will become a bit messy – I think.

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City of Stairs

City of StairsTitle: City of Stairs
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Genre: Fantasy, city fantasy

Opening sentence:

believe the question, then,” says Vasily Yaroslav, “is one of intent.

So I read City of Stairs in November but I have not had the head space to review it before now. Apparently my brain is all squashed most days when I come home from work and my weekends have been full of x-men… because OMG x-men. But I wanted to take time to review City of Stairs before I did my best of 2014 list because this has to be up there.

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