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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Author of Note: Jacqueline Carey

I admire a person who can create another world intricately just from the recesses of their mind. Jacqueline Carey is one of those people I admire. The world she creates for her readers in the Kushiel's Legacy series is spectacular. Terre d'Ange (with the motto of "Love as thou wilt") is on my list of places to visit if someone ever finds a way for books to become reality.

Her first book in the Kushiel's Legacy series Kushiel's Dart is a must read for any fantasy novelist reader. Carey mixes sex, religion, adventure, conspiracies, and romance all into her Kushiel series. And I might add, Carey is a great writer that pulls you in, and makes you want more and more and more. I'm reading Kushiel's Dart again, and all I can say is I'm falling in love all over again! lol.

Kushiel's Dart follows Phèdre nó Delaunay, a women with a scarlet mote in her left eye... Sold into servitude, and than purchased again by a nobleman, who recognises something no one else can see... She is pricked by Kushiel's Dart, a fate where she is to experience pain and pleasure as one... Although her nobleman has other plans for her...

Carey definitely knows how to grab my attention with her writing, and I'm glad to have found her books. The Kushiel's Legacy series are her most well known works, though she has just recently released Santa Olivia, a tale set in near-future Texas.

Careys work is something you do not want to miss out on!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fire...A Review

When I don't blog in a considerable amount of time, about a week, you can safely assume I'm stuck in another land or era. So, besides working to put uni books on my table I've been immersed in a few good books.

I've been waiting to read Fire by Kirstin Cashore the prequel to Graceling for some time, but haven't had the time. I absolutely loved Graceling and the world Cashore created for us in her first novel, and I wasn't sure what to expect from Fire, but it certainly surpassed my expectations, which is a welcome surprise.

As the title suggests Cashore's latest novel is based on Fire, a beautiful monster creature living in the Dells across the mountains from the 7 kingdoms. Fire is the last of her kind and much sought after, dead or alive, for her abilities with mind control. Most importantly Fire has to prove to herself she is not her father and is actually a beautiful monster inside and out.

So, if your stuck for something to read this winter or summer, depending on what side of the hemisphere your on, you should definitely pick up Fire and than Graceling because they are both great books.

Before I go a big shout out to the first recipient of the Writer Wisdom Award, WritingNut, for the thought provoking posts she provides.