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I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Book Review: Mystic and Rider

Contains minor spoilers

Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn is the first of a proposed four books in the Twelve Houses series. Despite an episodic plot that read a bit like playing an "epic quest" video game (hehehe, Warcraft), I enjoyed the book. It contained a very satisfying mix of romance and fantasy, which is Shinn's specialty.

Some of the main themes in the book are potential civil war (the 12 houses of the kingdom are starting to choose sides); a mysterious queen, missing princess, and potentially senile king; a moon-goddess cult that is gaining power and helping divide the 12 houses (and also persecuting those with magic, or mystics); and very different personalites, who start off not trusting each other, bonding through their adventures.

ETA: And if you like romantic fantasy, Shinn is the author of two of my favorites: The Shape-Changer's Wife and Summers at Castle Auburn. (The latter is the more light-hearted, but they're both wonderful.)

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