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humouress

Joined April 2018

I read mainly fantasy, YA, a touch of SF. Also some golden age mysteries. On LibraryThing as humouress. My profile pic: Jasper, our golden retriever
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I shouldn‘t laugh but Silk baiting Captain Brendig is always amusing. 😊

humouress I think Eddings got ‘sulky teenager‘ right without making Garion bratty. I was around the same age when I first read this series and I could empathise with him. Now my kids are the same age I still find him relatable. 3d
humouress Good pacing and enough description and little incidents to paint in the background and invest you in the characters. (edited) 1d
humouress It's not high literature but it is written well and lots of fun; it's a bit irreverent with a lot of banter between the characters. Best of all, it lived up to my memories of it.
I like the way Eddings shows and doesn't tell; mainly we learn about events as Garion does. But it's also easy to put together information and understand a bit more than he has, so far.
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‘She says she finds little advantage in it …‘ 😦

Chrissyreadit Pol‘s main downside. 4d
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Restarting this because I had library e-books which were expiring.
I like the way Eddings took time to set the world up beginning with Garion‘s childhood; I think it grounds the start and invests us in the characters & their interactions as a family (group).
I also remember liking the way that the people of each nation have their own quirks and characteristics (hey, it‘s fantasy!) A farm-boy/ sword-in-the-stone trope story first published 1982

humouress I love the original cover art on the Corgi edition by Geoff Taylor; this is the 1991 edition (my firsthand copy). Can you believe it was Qb.99 when it was published? (edited) 4d
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The Oathbound | Mercedes Lackey
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The story of Tarma & Kethry, 2 young women who‘ve been ill used but found their revenge (an earlier short story). Now they‘re moving onto the next stage of their lives.
Halfway through. Holding my interest for the most part. In later books Lackey tends to both show and tell; here she leaves a lot of gaps, like mentioning legends that characters would know but we don‘t, and readers are expected to fill in the gaps.

humouress Reads like linked short stories about their ongoing adventures (albeit with an end purpose) rather than one continuous story. In Ch 8 they‘re introduced as though we haven‘t met them before. Happily, Lackey hasn‘t been overusing italics as she does in later writing 🤗 She does have a slight tendency to add irrelevant details... um, much as I do. (edited) 2w
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Maybe there‘s a little bit more emphasis on their age in this second book.

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The same characters (or at least the survivors) from the first book. 3rd person present tense interspersed with entries from Joyce‘s diaries. She reminds me of (Helen Hayes as) Miss Marple - a bit fluffy - though there are too many question marks in her diary entries, which I‘m finding a bit irritating.
About 1/3 of the way through now; we‘ve only seen a couple of chapters from DCI Hudson‘s & PC de Freitas‘s POV. It‘d be nice to have a few more.

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Dramatis Thingummy; our heroine is Max

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About historians who time travel - but you didn‘t hear it and I never said it, or the consequences to us could be dire. They go only to observe and document (thus avoiding paradoxes - or History will take her own action) those points in history we all wonder about, like what happened to the Princes in the Tower. I‘m 1/3 of the way in; based on UK/ European history.
Don‘t miss the amusing cast list at the beginning.
Liking it so far

humouress Oh dear! Ch 6 ends with ‘if I had, would it all have been different?‘ 1mo
humouress ... and the next chapter has ‘I took it at face value‘. But I‘m not getting a sense of doom and gloom from the writing. Max, the main character (written in first person POV) has gone back in time to a very interesting period. 1mo
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Lhind the Thief | Sherwood Smith

Told from 1st person POV. Lhind seems a child, calling people names, has lost memories about the past and is hiding secrets

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The Steerswoman | Rosemary Kirstein

She was an unprepossessing figure, of average height, and of average build for her height. Her traveling clothes, a rough linen blouse and trousers, were dusty and perhaps a bit tattered. Her hair, cut short for convenience, was the color of dark wet sand, save where the sun had bleached pale streaks. She possessed no outstanding beauty, and yet her face fascinated, not by any great perfection of feature but by its intelligent,

humouress constantly shifting expression. It seemed as if the actions of her mind were immediately reflected on her face, giving her a strange air, part vulnerability, part arrogance. One could not tell if she was helplessly incapable of guile, or if she simply considered it beneath her. 2mo
humouress The opposite wall held the entrance and a rank of windows, all flung open to admit the weak spring sunlight. As an attempt to dispel the native gloom of the chamber, this was a failure, and only served to offset the dark comradely warmth that prevailed. 2mo
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The Durrells of Corfu | Michael Haag

We read Gerald Durrell ‘My Family and Other Animals‘ in school so I was interested in this, the true story of the family behind the book. Just started reading the ebook on my phone. Haag includes quotes from both Lawrence and Gerald Durrell‘s books (both brothers were writers) but doesn‘t always clarify where/ whom the quotes came from.

humouress (Not quite halfway through) Very entertaining; although occasionally it does jump a bit. 2mo
humouress Finding it a bit disjointed. Probably best read as a companion to Gerald‘s ‘Corfu trilogy‘ or Lawrence‘s ‘Prospero‘s Cell‘. I don‘t, at this distance in time, remember more of ‘My Family ...‘ than that I quite liked it 2mo
humouress It‘s a short book that I thought I would finish quite quickly but because it doesn‘t flow well, is going slowly. Seems to be more a string of anecdotes, many of which don‘t follow on from the previous one. Quotes people often but doesn‘t mark where the quotes start or end and often doesn‘t say who it‘s quoting; could be Larry, Gerry, Margo or any one of half a dozen acquaintances or relatives. A bit dry. Reads more like research notes. 2mo
humouress Do be warned; Larry and friends liked to sea/ sun bathe naked and there are a couple of photographs of them. 2mo
humouress As I said, I found this a bit disjointed. Not helped by my e-book, which put captions to photographs on following pages. Probably best to read this one, if you do decide to, as a physical book. 2mo
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War Girls | Tochi Onyebuchi

Set 200 years after the Biafran war, Biafrans are still fighting Nigerians over mineral rights. But now the land is poisoned by radiation and most of the War Girls are augmented with nano-tech where they have lost limbs or worse to the war. Written in present tense, even during flashbacks, from the POV of 2 sisters, Onyii and Ify, whom she found and adopted.

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I enjoyed 'The Little Café in Copenhagen' so I borrowed this before I had finished reading/ listening to that. I really enjoyed Imogen Wild's narration but this book, I see, is read by Olivia Mace. Not that she's a bad narrator by any means; she's just as good but I miss Wild's bubbly depiction of Sophie (that's my 3rd Sophie/ Sophia character this month) who was a 2º character in the 1st book but the protagonist in this. Just started though, so..

humouress WARNING: DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE HUNGRY!! Sophie is a food writer and there are a lot of yummy sounding descriptions of food. 3mo
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This was one of the books that got me really started in fantasy in my teens. I‘m going to re-read it for the first time after a long time and I hope it holds up 🤞🏼It was in the era when fantasy books were under 300 pages and some books suffer from being curtailed (on re-reading).
This original Corgi edition cover illustration (can‘t find the artist‘s name) typifies the (UK) fantasy covers of the time 💝 - they helped pull me into that world.

humouress I've found it: the cover artist is Geoff Taylor. 🎨 3mo
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Oh, absolutely❣️Pick

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Intriguing one; I‘m 1/4 way through. 2 talented teenagers, 1 born of country music royalty and the other is, himself; both with demons in their past (don‘t know what, yet); both wary of the traps of the industry but needing to perform on stage

humouress 3/4 the way through & really liking this. I like my heroes vulnerable and I like stories with strong families. These 2 kids have a good support system around them - even if they don‘t always realise it 3mo
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Welcome to Temptation | Jennifer Crusie
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“You gave your father a mother test?”
“No, I gave him a father test,” Dillie said

humouress It didn‘t help that his dad‘s .22 was gone from the locked gun cabinet. “Anybody could have taken it,” he told Wes. “The key‘s on the top, up where Dillie can‘t reach it, but we weren‘t trying to keep anybody else out. 3mo
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Welcome to Temptation | Jennifer Crusie
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Light. And amusing. Having fun with this
... though even the good guys check out cleavages and legs
And then there‘s a murder; everyone in town not only seems to have motive but means and opportunity too

humouress Hmm. on the one hand the 'hero' had a nice personality but on the other he had some creepy characteristics. He seemed to have an issue with his shirt getting crumpled when they kissed and his list of 'fantasies' when he asked her what turned her on turned me off. 3mo
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The Lost Princess | Connie Glynn

‘Secret treasure and pink demons!‘ Lola whispered in the near silent library. ‘I think I love this school.‘

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The Lost Princess | Connie Glynn
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Ooh - there's a fourth book after this one.

The cast list becomes even more multinational as some of the Rosewood Hall students join its sister school in Japan for the summer. Just before Lottie's and Ellie's 15th birthday and in time for Jamie's (18th?) birthday.
Maybe it's a bit cliché because it's in Japan but I keep imagining the scenes in manga style ? There are also echoes of Kamen Riders/ Power Rangers

humouress There's a little bit of magic behind the adventures 3mo
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War Girls | Tochi Onyebuchi

Southwestern Nigeria, near future. Biafran struggle for independence

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Good Enough: A Novel | Jen Petro-Roy
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Story from the POV of a 12yo anorexia patient, starting with her first day in a treatment centre. I picked it up based on a recommendation because I know someone with anorexia and I wanted to see their POV. From that perspective it‘s a bit sad, finding out how they think, believing they‘re worthless and no-one likes them.

humouress Each chapter is a day; at day 18 she‘s still in the centre. It‘s letting me see how kids (their relationships with family, friends and school) with anorexia might think but it almost makes me cry in places. Not sure if it would be good for someone with anorexia to read this or not though. 3mo
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Charlotte Lucas‘s views on matrimony.

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Beyond | Mercedes Lackey
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The origin story of the kingdom of Valdemar. I like the tribute to P.G. Wodehouse‘s 🐖 Empress of Blandings. And Tolkien, with the Brandywine stream

I‘m not sure what distinguishes those with a Gift from mages though. She tends to show and then tell as well.

humouress I wonder why there‘s such a rush to implement the plan that has been generations in making just because they finally found a way to make it work? And why things aren‘t more ready to go? *sigh* And again with the italics ... (edited) 4mo
humouress ☀️☀️☀️🌥☁️ 3.25/5 (edited) 3mo
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Cast in Courtlight | Michelle Sagara
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The Barrani High Halls

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Vardaesia | Lynette Noni
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Ooh - a coloured map this time 🎉

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Alanna has her idea

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Loving this; Caplin emphasises the romance & flirting & falling in love and the hesitation from both leads without the jumping into the sack. Getting towards the end now - she‘s really stretched out the anticipation. I could be in love 💕Imogen Wild does a brilliant job of narrating (yes; I finally got an audiobook, I was that desperate to finish it after my e library book expired)

humouress Well, there was a not-quite-made-it-to-the-bedroom scene and TBH I felt it didn‘t live up to the flirting and falling in love and I thought the book would have been just as good - or, even, better - without it 4mo
humouress I forgot to add - that's the 3rd red-head I've fallen for this year. 😂 Maybe I should get my husband to dye his hair ... 🤔 (edited) 4mo
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Finna | Nino Cipri
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Mehso-so

Not sure if this one was written for us, because it is set in LitenVärld ??
LitenVärld is a furniture store chain that exists through the multiverses. Ava and Jules are asked to rescue a customer who has crossed a wormhole into another variation which may be inimical.
I did find the use of ‘them‘, ‘they‘ etc confusing because it was used as both the singular and plural and I wasn‘t always sure which was which.

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Cast in Courtlight | Michelle Sagara
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This book (at the halfway point) flows better than the first (Cast in Shadow) and is quite more-ish. Kaylin, having grown up & been protected by the Hawks, was still a bit childish at times but maybe she‘s growing up now. Could be she has ADHD given her inattentiveness in her classes in the past? Where Lord Nightshade was first scary then protective in CiS, now I‘m finding him creepy

humouress Finished. A definite improvement on the first though it still has the odd confusing moment (edited) 4mo
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The Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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It‘s Gen‘s proud boast that he can steal anything, but he was caught and ended up in the king‘s prison. Now the king wants him to steal ... something for him.

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The Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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Rereading. I got the Mediterranean vibes last time but am noticing the Ancient Greek references now (megaron, agora). Wow - written in1996!

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Clockwork Boys | T Kingfisher
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So many quotes highlighted in the first couple of chapters; I don‘t think it can keep up the pace. I‘m getting ‘Paladin of Souls‘ vibes from Caliban.

humouress ... and also the Learned Edmund 5mo
humouress The clockwork boys are some kind of construct used by Anuket City in the war against the Dowager‘s kingdom (as yet - ch 6 - unnamed). Not known if they are organic or manufactured or some combination but it is Slate‘s and Brenner‘s mission to find out how to stop them. 5mo
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Undercover Princess | Connie Glynn
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There are places in our world in which wondrous and whimsical things seem more capable of happening than anywhere else...thick with an atmosphere that seems out of time and place with the rest of reality...such as hidden waterfalls or secret meadows filled with flourishing wild flowers...man-made, like empty playgrounds at twilight or dusty antique shops rich with history. But occasionally these spaces exist in a certain type of person.

humouress But she was smart, she was confident and she was passionate – and for Alexander that was all far more important than any of the traditional values expected of her. Although occasionally he did wish she‘d watch her language around her grandparents. 5mo
humouress ‘Ellie, this is different, I promise. They‘ve –‘ he faltered for a moment, then looked back into Ellie‘s eyes – ‘they‘ve brought your grandmother.‘ (edited) 5mo
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Angels & Demons | Dan Brown
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Tends to belabour the obvious.
(Ch 5)

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Angels & Demons | Dan Brown
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‘Illuminati‘ ambigram

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Angels & Demons | Dan Brown
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😂 I don‘t think that was intentional... but it‘s funny

humouress Although Langdon was ashamed to admit it, his initial horror on hearing about the antimatter‘s location was not only the danger to human life in Vatican City, but for something else as well.
Art.
The world‘s largest art collection was now sitting on a time bomb.(Ch 31)
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humouress The entire power structure of the Roman Catholic Church is sitting on a time bomb. (Ch 33) 5mo
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Dragonquest | Anne McCaffrey
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Still want a dragon 🐉

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Dragonquest | Anne McCaffrey
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He has the entire Weyr hopping to when he itches and wants to be oiled. That‘s a lot of dragon to oil.

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Dragonquest | Anne McCaffrey
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... the Weyrs would go between time itself and catch Thread ...

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Angels & Demons | Dan Brown
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Ch6 of 137. Finding it a bit ... heavy handed.

humouress Published 2001 5mo
humouress Ch 15. So now we‘re eyeing up the broad 5mo
humouress Has some humorous moments, such as when Vittoria logically presses 1 on the internal speed dial expecting to get the pope‘s office - and gets the menu instead 5mo
humouress Refers to Kohler‘s accident, Langdon‘s reason for claustrophobia, the camerlengo‘s miracle but (so far) hasn‘t expanded (edited) 5mo
humouress The treasure hunt gets going around ch 64 5mo
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A Wallflower Christmas | Lisa Kleypas
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I remember suffering through winters in the tight fitting sleeves in fashion then that made you feel hot but freezing at the same time. Still makes me shiver 40 years later, sitting in the tropics. 🥶And then (next page) they cut holes in the dresses‘ armpits! *shudder*

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Dragonquest | Anne McCaffrey
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Re-reading for the umpteenth time. The misogyny is troubling me more than usual; could be a sign of the time it was written (1971)? Still loving it.

I want a dragon!

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Dragonquest | Anne McCaffrey
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There isn‘t a beach along the coastline that doesn‘t have a dragon couchant, with rider a-coil, feigning sleep.

Oh, you laugh?
Aye, and they‘ve made a note of both occasions that I did.

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The Crystal Variation | Sharon Lee, Miller Steve
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Jethri practices the finer points of Liaden bows

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A Wallflower Christmas | Lisa Kleypas
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1. Being American seems to be a licence to be rude, for this author. Honestly, wouldn't you be offended, never mind nationality, in this day and age if someone said that to you the second time they ever met you (having, morever, assaulted you the first time)?

humouress 2. I‘d say she‘s pretty much got his measure, especially since his own sister confirmed his character in the first chapter (edited) 5mo
humouress Apologies if you love this book but I hate this trope (must‘ve got it for a TIOLI Xmas challenge). Rich, titled (not this time though) entitled man of the world falls in lust with innocent girl; in this case, poor relation. Struggling at >50% though it‘s only 200 pages; he forcefully kissed her on pg 20 so I‘m pretty sure where it‘s going. 5mo
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A Wallflower Christmas | Lisa Kleypas

Not sure why /when I got this; turning out to be my most hated trope. Disdainful rake/ man of the world meets innocent, proper lady of society. Cue instant apathy (on her part) but instant sexual attraction (on his). We know the lady would have said ‘No‘ on many grounds - HAD SHE BEEN ASKED - but she‘s been forcefully kissed twice before the end of Ch 4.
Will probably force myself to finish ... eventually... so I can rehome this. Not looking good.

SqueakyChu So sorry you have to finish this book! 5mo
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Touchstone | Melanie Rawn
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This is fun; I‘m a quarter way through. I picked it up after an offhand comment on LibraryThing and it‘s not what I was expecting. It‘s about a quartet of young men (late teens) who want to go on stage, which in this universe involves a combination of magic skills and acting where each person contributes a different talent.
They all still live at home and I‘m enjoying seeing their families, too.
☀️☀️☀️🌤☁️🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

humouress I‘m not a fan of the casual drug use, though 5mo
humouress Told from Cade‘s POV. He‘s the tregetour of the theatre group; he writes the plays and primes fhe withies (glass rods) with magic. Mieka is the glisker; he uses Cade‘s magic to create the atmosphere, emotions and effects for the play; there is only 1 masquer, Jeska, who acts out all the part; and Rafe is the fetter, who controls the magic. (edited) 5mo
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I first came across this series at around the time the books were being written and I‘d always wanted to be a knight so they appealed to me. So now (nostalgia) I‘ve collected this first quartet for my own shelves in the same binding style. Time to start re-reading it!
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BehindthePages I had so much fun reading these in middle school! 5mo
humouress @BehindthePages So did I (though I was slightly older) 5mo
humouress Apparently this quartet was originally written as a single book for adults but Pierce was advised to resubmit it as a series for children. Well, it worked! though I am curious to know what the original was like 5mo
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My favourite quote.

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