I just finished reading The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera. It was a very interesting book, written in the form of a letter, It is the first book in a series. The third book was released a couple months ago, and that is why TOR had it as their free ebook, last month, I think. .
It took a while for me to get into this book. It is set in a ancient Japan-like culture, and the author uses a lot of honorifics. They took a while to get used to, and sometimes they were confusing. But I kept reading, and in the end I was glad that I did.
There are two main characters, young women who have been raised together and come to love each other. One is the heir to the throne, and the other is the daughter of the leader of her people. They have a lot of difficulties to overcome, but they face them all together. In addition to their own personal challenges, they have to face some really nasty characters, including demons.
I would read the rest of these books, I think, if I found them on sale. It is not my usual type of book, but I enjoyed it.
I just finished The Defenseless by Carolyn Arnold. It is the third book in the series. I have read the first two. I have to admit that I didn’t like it all that much. Brandon Fisher, the main FBI agent in the books, was not real appealing here. He was a little obnoxious, talking back to his boss, treating his sort-of girlfriend badly. I also didn’t care for the case they were trying to solve. Someone was killing people who had escaped punishment for abusing dogs. A bunch of other people along the way got hurt in the process, of course.
Overall, I have enjoyed this series. Just not this particular book. You might like it better, though.
I just finished The Knight’s Secret by Jeffrey Bardwell. It seemed like it was going to be your typical the-government-is-out-to-kill-all-the-mages book, but it had some unique twists — one, in particular. I enjoyed this book, which is the first in a 3-book series. It took a while for me to get into it, but then I had no trouble reading to the end. It
An old military hero has to travel to the capital to be honored by the government and to collect his pension. The only problem is that he dies right before it is time for him to make the trip. His granddaughter volunteers to go in his place even though she knows it could be dangerous. She does it to help her mother, a mage, and to bring back the money for her father. Needless to say, things don’t go quite as planned.
I encourage you to give this book a try. It is free on Amazon (at least in the US right now), so you don’t have anything to lose. You might even find you really enjoy it!
As I was thinking about the book I just finished today, I was surprised to realize it was November. Already. October seems like it just flew by!
I managed to read nine books last month. Not a record, but not the worst I’ve ever done, either. Part of the reason I have read so much this month in spite of my new class and everything is that our Internet here at the house has been really bad. I live in a very rural part of New Mexico, and broadband here is not easy to come by. Good broadband is really hard to find. So sometimes there is nothing to do but read — not that I am complaining, though. I love reading. But Internet would be nice, too!
I read two very different books over the weekend. One is a speculative fiction, Dragonfly by Resa Nelson. At first I thought it was going to be more historical fiction than speculative because it seemed to be about early interactions between Native Americans and Vikings or other northern Europeans. Greeta and her father and aunt came from the Northland and have white skin, blond hair and blue eyes. They live with a group of the Shining Star people. The characters are interesting, and the story drew me in. It did eventually get to the speculative part, of course, and I found that enjoyable, if a little unexpected. My only complaint, really, is that this is the first book in the series and there is no resolution of anything in this book. I am torn between wanting to buy the next book and feeling cheated because I am left hanging at the end of this one. I enjoyed the book, so I will probably read the others at some time or another — especially if I find them on sale.
The other book I read was Murder is Just the Beginning by Linda Crowder. Jake and Emma are a married couple living in Wyoming. They find a body at the edge of their property after a snowstorm and are drawn into trying to solve the mystery. One death turns into two, and they can’t help but become even more involved. I knew who the murder was soon after the second murder, but it was still interesting. The ending of the book left us with a lot of questions, almost like it was leading us into the second book, but at least there was some closure with this one. I would be happy to read more in this series because I liked the characters — not just Jake and Emma but all of them.
Both these books were enjoyable. If they sound good to you, I hope you will give them a try.