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Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier: This was my least favorite of the Sevenwaters series (I'm almost done reading Heir to Sevenwaters), but I still enjoyed it. I like how things worked out, even if my favorite character ended up dying. I love Marillier's combination of history, fantasy, Celtic religion, and romance.

Quatrain by Sharon Shinn: I hate to say it, but this was disappointing. Two of the novellas ended up being prequels when I wanted sequels and the Summers at Castle Auburn follow-up featured a very annoying, spoiled brat heroine. I loved the Heart of Gold sequel story though, even if I barely remember that book.

How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn: The first half was very enjoyable and funny, the second half was annoying and nearly made the book a wall-basher. I have issues with non-consent of any kind in fiction and the hero hauling the heroine around like a sack of potatoes "for her own good" was infuriating. This is why I rarely read romance anymore.

Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey: A typical Lackey read, which was exactly what I was looking for. The Velgarth series has turned out to be comfort reading for me, even though characters get put through the ringer. The dialects in this book gave me fits, but I enjoyed a not so goody-goody protagonist.

The Valdemar Companion: I needed to refresh my memory a bit for the older Velgarth novels but I ended up reading the whole book- well, aside from the Concordance, but I flipped through that a lot too. It's been ten years since I read Magic's Pawn, which started my headlong dive into the world of Velgarth and my memory is so rusty that I almost feel the need for a re-read, but I have so many TBR books that I don't dare re-read anything until I get my TBR pile under control (as if that's ever going to happen with Paperback Swap, BookMooch, used bookstores, and the library). Anyway, I especially found the story of how Lackey got her start in filk, then did seventeen re-writes of Arrows of the Queen to be fascinating.


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