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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

This is the 14th and next Discworld book, following Small Gods in publication order but Witches Abroad in plot. I needed something I knew I would enjoy that was light and funny and available. Discworld books fit the bill for me.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 400 pages

Setting: Lancre on Discworld, after the events of Witches Abroad

Summary: Short version: Elves try to invade Lancre but the witches stop them Continue reading

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Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Circle of Magic. Miss Adventure and I listened to Tris’s Book on the way to Philadelphia. This book filled our way home.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 232 pages

Setting: Gold Ridge, a city in Emelan, soon after the events of Tris’s Book

Summary: Short version: Fire threatens Gold Ridge and Daja regains her Trader status Continue reading

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Tris’s Book by Tamora Pierce

With all the closings and cancellations happening with the Covid-19 pandemic, might I suggest curling up with a good book? Miss Adventure and I listened to this one coming home from Philadelphia after a gymnastics meet. It’s the second book in the Circle of Magic series that I would like to finish. I’d recommend you start with the first one if you’re going to read the series.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 251 pages

Setting: Winding Circle, soon after the events of Sandry’s Book

Summary: Short version: Pirates attack Winding Circle with a bit of assistance from sabotage Continue reading

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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

This is the sequel to Carry On. Miss Adventure got it from the library and I had to read it, now that it was in the house.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: a road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas, present day

Summary: Short version: Simon, Baz, and Penny go on a road trip across the Midwest and adventures ensue Continue reading

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Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

This is part of the Tortall/Alanna series. It’s a prequel of Numair’s life at the Mage University when he was a child. Of course I’m interested.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 455 pages of story, 464 pages total

Setting: 435-439 in Thak City, capital of the Carthaki Empire

Summary: Short version: Arram (aka Numair) learns about magic and friendship at the University Continue reading

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A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica

I’m trying to catch up on my book reviews to finish out the year’s reading, so here’s another book review. This is the second book in the Hidden Sea Tales series.

Published: 2015

Genre: fantasy

Length: 352 pages

Setting: back on Stormwrack a few months after the events of Child of the Hidden Sea

Summary: Short version: Sophie tries to win a place on Stormwrack by reconciling with her father Continue reading

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho

This won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2019. I finished all the 2019 short story nominees for the Hugo and Nebula, and am looking for other short stories to read.

Published: November, 2018 at the B&N Sci-fi and Fantasy blog

Genre: fantasy

Setting: China, the ocean, and America, thousands of years before the present to today

Summary: Short version: Byam, an imugi, can’t ascend to dragonhood until he has a relationship with a woman Continue reading

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