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computer scientist, mathematician, photographer, human. Debian Developer, Notmuch Maintainer, scuba diver

Much of my "reading" these days is actually audiobooks while walking.

FediMain: is also me. Trying a smaller instance to see if the delays are less maddening.

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Darkspell (Deverry Series, Book Two) (Paperback, 1994, Spectra) 4 stars

On the long roads of Deverry ride two mercenaries whose fates like hidden deep in …

Well crafted escapism, not for everyone

4 stars

Content warning sexual violence mention

Bone Silence (2020, Orion Publishing Group, Limited) No rating

Sequel to Shadow Captain.

It's been a while since I read the second book in the series, but I think I'm not suffering too badly from that. Reynolds doesn't spend a lot of time recapping the previous books, but there seems to be enough there to get the gist of what is going on. I also appreciate that the book (and the series?) seems to center around a non-romantic relationship (between sisters), which makes a change.

Darkspell (Deverry Series, Book Two) (Paperback, 1994, Spectra) 4 stars

On the long roads of Deverry ride two mercenaries whose fates like hidden deep in …

Content warning sexual violence mention

The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1) (2004, HarperTrophy) 5 stars

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of …

Crivens, more Feegles please.

4 stars

I might just be a shallow person, but I enjoyed the earlier, more Feegle-heavy parts of this book the most. In the later interactions with the Queen of Fae, I had the uncomfortable impression Pratchett had one or more serious points about psychological abuse.

reviewed Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr

Daggerspell (Paperback, 1993, Spectra) 4 stars

In a world beyond physical reality, Nevyn, the wandering and mysterious sorcerer who relinquished a …

Traditional sword and sorcery, with enough twists to keep me interested

4 stars

I think it is fair to say the setting is inspired both by Tolkien and the Celtic (e.g. Mary Stewart) take on the King Arthur/Merlin myth.

There are some interesting plot twists that also serve as character development.

As someone who grew up around the time the book was written, I found the "New-agey" take on magic a bit jarring. Reincarnation plays a big role, as do things like "the astral plane" and "auras". It might be just me, but it feels like that terminology ties the book to the 1980s a bit.

Full credit to Kerr for giving her female protagonists agency and complexity in a way that works in a traditionally patriarchal setting.

Foundryside (2018) 4 stars

A thief in a city controlled by industrialized magic joins forces with a rare honest …

swashbuckling, romantic, techno-fantasy

4 stars

I mainly read this through the lens of a fan of "City of Stairs" and its sequels.

The magic system here didn't grab me as much as the one in Bennett's "Divine Cities" books. The book telegraphs that the series it starts may turn into political thriller closer to the City books, but this first installment is mainly about the adventures of a small band of extraordinary characters.

The main character Sancia is a heroic thief with a tragic past. There are several romantic-ish subplots, but no sex to speak of. The fact that Sancia can't touch other humans might have something to do with that