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The Isle of Glass (The Hound and the Falcon, #1)The Isle of Glass by Judith Tarr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


You'll become obsessed with this series

Once upon a time a reader took a half-dozen books with her on vacation. She was lucky because they were all good books--but THE ISLE OF GLASS was so good, she became obsessed with it. As she made her way across multiple states, heading home, she stopped in every bookstore she could find in every town on the way, looking for the next book in the series. She would have settled for the third book in the series!

Yes, it's that good, and to this day the glorious language and fascinating characters still dance in the back of my mind. A lost elf raised in a monastery, a hidden elven kingdom, the pageantry and intrigue of the time of Richard the Lionhearted, the Crusades--and genetics that mean elves make sense in history. If you love the works of Guy Gavriel Kay, Kate Elliott, and Alma Alexander, the feel of epic fantasy by people who know what they are doing, you must try Judith Tarr's work. Start here, with the book that made me visit two dozen bookstores in three days. (Lucky us, she's written many more wonderful tales since this one!)







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The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from ViolenceThe Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Read This Book—It Can both Save and Enrich Your Life

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The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura, #1)The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome to a panorama of world building that you may not have seen for a while. Martha Wells always takes us places we haven’t been before, and in her Books of the Raksura, her new series from Night Shade Books, she’s brought us SF that is wonder, exploration and adventure all rolled into one. Moon is a young orphaned adult adrift in a world not his own. He can pass, for the most part, among the people he lives with, but he hides a dangerous secret. He has another form – and he can fly. A strong resemblance to a dangerous flying species called the Fell has caused him catastrophic problems in the past – and nearly gets him killed once again.

But this time, someone chooses to save him – someone who bears a strong resemblance to him. Someone who claims to know what he is, and where he belongs. So Moon’s journey continues, from loss to hope and finally, in the end, finding belonging and love.

This book has many different sub-themes – friendship between different people (who in this book are literally different peoples!) belonging, alliances with Others for mutual benefit and protection, fighting for life and freedom – but the strongest thread in the weaving is Moon’s search for self, and a place to call home.

The only reason I haven’t re-read this book yet is because it remains so vivid in my mind. I nominated this for the Nebula award. Recommended!

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