Airplane = Uninterrupted Reading TimeImage via WikipediaI am quite ambivalent about travel and, as much as I like to see the sites, shop new towns, go to museums and whatever non-adventure attractions a new locale offers, I am really a homebody who misses my cats and my own bed. Perhaps that is the reason I like really posh hotels, won’t fly coach over three hours and won’t go places without plumbing. Fortunately, my husband has so many air miles and hotel nights that, in comparison, the George Clooney character in Up in the Air looks like an amateur.
But, my point is that the only good thing about trips requiring long stints in planes, trains or other vehicles I am not driving, is the unfettered ability to read (well, unfettered except by battery capacity and the twenty minutes or so you have to turn off the electronic reading device). Book after book can be consumed and will hopefully taste better than airplane food.
So, here is what I was able to read while zipping out to and around the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. By the way, it is really interesting to cross the Canada/US border by train, and the Vancouver airport and immigration services are the best I have ever found.
Read on vacation, 10/15 to 10/23
To Kill a Warlock
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Free Kindle download
Paperback (won from Just Another Book Blog)
Left in the car and finished on the way home from the airport
And, here is my first review. Others will be appearing over the next few days to weeks.
By Kathryne Kennedy
Free Kindle Download 10/11
(still free 10/24)
(still free 10/24)
Read week of October 17
Brought up by her Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Oliver, Duchess of Honor Felicity May Seymour, Lady Stonehaven has lived a life believing she is so unremarkable that people sit on her thinking a seat is empty, servants fail to serve her, and in a society where nobility is conferred by how much magic you can conjure, she is believed not to have any. On the other side of the scale, lion shape-shifter, Baron Terence Blackwell knows he has no magic of his own but can sense a certain type of magic caused by stones called relics imbued with certain powers by Merlin. There were 13 or more relics. Some have been neutralized but several are still at large and they may endanger the Royal Family.
Terence smells a trace of relic magic on Felicity as she is brought to court for a test to prove she has enough magic to retain the family title and lands. The story unfolds as Terrence tries to get close to her to discern whether and why she is associated with relic-magic.
Kennedy builds a fascinating parallel London and Great Britain in a fairytale-not-quite-steam-punk (maybe fairy-punk?). Organic magic, more than alchemical machines is what turns the wheels. There is a huge amount of detail and depth imagined into this world; I think Kennedy could tell us the color of the second footman’s underwear.
Felicity’s character is well built with lots of detail. While she begins as an innocent maid, it turns out she is pretty eager and after a bit of plot becomes savvy. And, with a bit of coaxing she gets pretty sexy too. Terence has an agonizing sense of honor, a faithful sidekick and usually outwits the bad guys with flair. Can they get together, and can their relationship survive scandal and betrayal? You will really want them to be a couple and I feel a world this elaborately constructed deserves a series and probably, that is why there is one!
So, this should be a fluffy little book, right? But I feel it steps away from one genre to mix several and she does it well. The story is quite engaging, a bit hot, a bit dangerous, a bit prince-in-shining-armor.
Lots of fun, great magic, hot shape-shifting guys. Recommended!