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Rangers at Roadsend (Celaeno #2)

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After nine years in the rangers, dealing with thugs and wild predators, Sergeant 'Chip' Coppelli has learned to spot trouble coming. That is just what she sees in the unexplained discrepancies surrounding the new recruit, Katryn Nagata, but even so, Chip was not expecting murder.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 28th 2003)
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Megan EM
4.5 stars. I liked the murder mystery scenario. I had not read the summary before so it was a little unexpected in what I thought would be more of a fantasy novel. Overall good story, good pace, the romance was a nice slow build, and I liked trying to work out the world setup through hints. My only real issue throughout was that I wanted more back story on the world. But then at the very end she gave it too me. So problem solved.
Lexxi Kitty
Two years before being published as ‘Rangers at Roadsend’ via Bold Strokes Books, this book had been published under the title ‘The Wrong Trail Knife’ via Fortitude Press, Inc. I mention this specific factoid for one specific reason – the book description for ‘Wrong Knife’ is either written somewhat poorly, or if accurate, then implies that the book followed a different plot-line than the one I read in ‘Rangers’ (either more straight forward with less flashbacks, or . . . well ‘[Chip] knows trou ...more
Frank Van Meer
I'm not sure it's the best book to read immediatly after Walls of Westernfort. I liked it (although I have to admit the thing with the knives confused the hell out of me), but it has no worldbuilding or the amazing character development of the first two books.

It's telling that the Appendix, while short, was so much more interesting to me. I was literally shaking my head over the irony in that little piece of history from the Elder-Ones.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I have a fairly easy time finding m/f and m/m books that fit my tastes, but f/f has been really hit-or-miss. While browsing All Romance Ebook's Lesbian category, I noticed that quite a few of the titles I marked as being potentially interesting and non-skeevy were published by Bold Strokes Books. The next time ARe had a sale, I decided to give Bold Strokes Books a shot. Rangers at Roadsend was one of my purchases.

This is another one of those times when writing things out in paragraph form seems
I read this not realizing it was the second in a series, but the order of the books does not matter at all.

This book was fascinating because it's a lesbian romance and a cold-case murder mystery. The mystery is engrossing, if a little lacking in thrills, since it's all about solving a years-old murder long after the fact with only interviews and circumstantial evidence. The conclusion is not terribly satisfying, but satisfying enough. The romance is a bit tepid, and has a bit of the "insta-love
May 22, 2014 chisholm rated it it was amazing
I never say this about books i am usually critical and the most i give are 4 stars if i really like it. but I loved all these books. This whole series I was sorry to see it end or whatever i REALLY wanted them to keep it going. I think I can say I don't think I have one book I don't like more then the other. I take that back the first book with i read out of order hooked me fast. i don't think this is a main stream book to say for sure the art work hasn't been Holly-wooded up and it looks like a ...more
Lex Kent
This was the second book I have read in the Celaeno series. And I enjoyed it a lot more than Shadow of the Knife. I decided to read the books in chronological order instead of in order written. And so far I am glad I did. Knowing the story of the Butcher and Ellis from reading Shadow first, this book flowed perfect for me. No questions about why people did what, character motivation and so on. The end of this book introduced the Temple and Celaeno's history, so I don't feel out of the loop histo ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Alena rated it liked it
Of all the Celaeno books I've read so far it's left the least positive impression.

I'm not sure whether it was the order I read it in, it's a pretty much direct prequel to Temple at Landfall, and having read that, I knew how it was going to end. That in itself is not necessarily a problem if it's filled with enough meat besides the obvious parts of the stories and here I just didn't feel there was. Heavy on romance, a murder mystery and information about the Ranger characters from Landfall, the o
Dec 30, 2011 D. rated it it was amazing
+ New characters.
+ Backgroud stories of known characters.
+ Great drama and suspense.
+ Good amount of pages
+ Good dialogue
- Same thing with description.
- Shorter "mature" moment than the previous ones.
- Prequel instead of a sequel.

Overall: You can expect pretty much the same you can expect from the other books. Fortunately, this one gain my attention by adding a detective-like suspense in it, which was a good addition to the series. You get to learn the story of two main characters, their previou
Noah Soudrette
Jan 22, 2011 Noah Soudrette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This prequel to the first two Celaeno books concerns two side charaters from the rangers seen in the first two installments of the series, and how they became a couple. This book, as with Fletcher's other books, relies mostly on character development, and very little plot. There is a murder mystery here, but little is truly devoted to it. Still, the characters are strong and the story engaging enough. Still, this can't hit the high mark left by the previous book in the series.
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Jul 27, 2016 Aisling Oharrigan rated it it was amazing
Chronologically the second book in the series, it was much better than Celaeno #5, it had a nice ending, and had some characters from Ellen's story. Chip and Katryn's warm fuzzy romance was cute to watch unfold, and the murder mystery had enough red herrings to make Agatha Christie squeal with delight, lol. It also wrapped up a bit from book #5 too, which was nice, though we didn't get even a hint of Ellen again.
Oct 21, 2012 Voronwer rated it liked it
I'm thinking this might be my favourite book in the Celaeno series so far. As the story takes place before all the others and you're aware of how this is going to end, I didn't expect to like it as much. I did, though. Chip is an engaging character and it's nice to get her story. It helped that there was a minimal amount of the weird scifi background in this book and that the plot for once didn't revolve around the heretics.
Oct 23, 2013 Alfie rated it it was amazing
As always of Jane Fletcher. I was not disappointed. Out of the five books this one would be rated the fourth favorite. A good read
Jul 23, 2016 Kani rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Jane Fletcher. This one was full of adventure and suspense just like all the others. It may even be my favorite. I can't wait to read the next book.
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Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and T ...more
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Celaeno (5 books)
  • Shadow of the Knife (Celaeno, #1)
  • The Temple at Landfall (Celaeno, #3)
  • The Walls of Westernfort (Celaeno, #4)
  • Dynasty of Rogues (Celaeno, #5)

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