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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn

Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn. New York: Ace Books, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-441-01469-9

This is the fourth book in Sharon Shinn's series, "The Novels of the Twelve Houses." In this volume, the civil war that has been brewing throughout the series finally comes to a head. If there is any weakness in the book, it's in the depiction of the battle scenes, which in my view sometimes lacked somewhat in detail or verisimilitude.

To further complicate the story line, Cammon, the likable young mystic, falls hopelessly in love with the princess and heir to the throne. We know it's happening before he does. Lots of other complications ensue, as well. If you've been following the series, by now you've come to know and love the primary group of characters, and are eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

Overall, the book does not disappoint. Highly recommended for anyone into the series, of course. But if you haven't read the earlier books, definitely start at the beginning and work your way through them. According to the author's web site, Fortune and Fate, the next book in the series, is already in print.

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