The End

This will probably be my last post on Livejournal. I will continue watching my friends for at least a little while, but starting now I'll be on Dreamwidth (same username) by default.

BL: The Sea of Time (Hodgell, P.C.)

Baen (2014) ISBN: 978-1-4767-3649-5
Score: 5 (scale of -5 to 5)

Seventh novel of the Kencyrath, in which the heroine goes south and learns what happened to her brother when he was there (with the usual chaos and destruction that happens wherever she goes). Some of the antagonists are becoming more desperate and it feels like we're getting close to the climax of the series.

BL: The Severed Streets (Cornell, Paul)

Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3028-4
Score: 3

Second novel of the London Falling series, in which the cops who discovered the supernatural side of London last book meet Neil Gaiman and have to solve some murders linked to city-wide rioting. There's a lot I like about the worldbuilding, characters, and consequences, but the series may be getting too grimdark for me.

BL: My Real Children (Walton, Jo)

Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3265-3
Score: 3 (scale of -5 to 5)

A woman in a nursing home remembers her lives: her fiance gave her a "now or never" ultimatum and she remembers saying both "yes" and "no" and the lives, families, and worlds that resulted from that choice. This is a book about emotion not action, and an examination of life for a British woman in the twentieth century.

BL: Relics of War (formerly titled Ishta's Companion) (Watt-Evans, Lawrence)

online serial, though you'll have to donate to see the last couple chapters
Score: 4

A novel of Ethshar set about 20 years after the Great War (so long before any of the other stories except The Misenchanted Sword), about what the narrator's younger sister found in the forest. Ethshar stories are always about nice, reasonable people, which I sometimes feel is the most fantastical aspect of the setting.

BL: The Queen of the Tearling (Johansen, Erika)

Harper (2014) ISBN: 978-0-06-232684-3 (ARC)
Score: -3

Another teenager raised in exile claiming their throne, so I can't help but compare it to the previous book I read. And the worldbuilding was so bad I gave gave up halfway through. Why do authors insist on giving fantasy worlds science fiction backstories? And what is the point of assassin guilds that no one can afford to hire?

BL: The Goblin Emperor (Addison, Katherine)

(author previously known as Sarah Monette)
Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2699-7
Score: 3

Story of a half-goblin teenager raised in exile who, after an airship crash kills his father and older half-brothers, finds himself Emperor of the Elflands. I found it a bit hard to get into, but I really like the characters and setting, especially compared to the book I tried to read next.

Next Book: Erika Johansen, The Queen of the Tearling

BL: Words of Radiance (Sanderson, Brandon)

Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2636-2
Score: 4

Second book of the Stormlight Archives, involving a lot of politics as we find out what the various factions are up to as the legends start returning. The flashbacks in this book cover Shallan's backstory so we finally find out the truth about her parents' deaths (I'm guessing next book will give us Dalinar's story). A good solid continuation of the story, though I'm trying not to think too hard about how the Oathgates work, and am disappointed that several characters have trouble staying dead.