Dark Triumph continues the series begun with Grave Mercy and introduces us to a new assassin, Sybella. Sybella comes from an aristocratic family but heDark Triumph continues the series begun with Grave Mercy and introduces us to a new assassin, Sybella. Sybella comes from an aristocratic family but her father is dangerous, unstable, and one of the most powerful men in the Kingdom. He's also just as likely to harm her as to help her.
The convent has given her the skills to work against him and his men, but it has also required her to return to the lion's den, supposedly to serve the god of Death. She's given little assistance as she takes on one of the most dangerous assignments possible. She digs deep into herself and must find a way to make alliances, perhaps draw strength and help from her old friends in the convent. Her goal is to save the innocent, even if she sacrifices herself in the process.
Fortunately, Sybella remembers her own strength and doesn't sacrifice herself unnecessarily. Her wit and strength make her one of the more likeable heroines in a long time - and I'm looking forward to finding her in subsequent books by Robin LaFevers....more
Nightbird starts off as the story of Teresa, nicknamed Twig, who believes herself to be as inconsequential and forgettable as a twig. She's got a liveNightbird starts off as the story of Teresa, nicknamed Twig, who believes herself to be as inconsequential and forgettable as a twig. She's got a lively imagination, a big heart, and pluck. But she's been told to keep her light hidden, not to make friends, to stay apart from the other children. Her mother doesn't let her socialise and doesn't allow any of the neighbours to visit. It's largely because of a curse that was put on their family hundreds of years ago by the Sidwell witch. This curse and avoiding further damage has ruled the lives of Twig and her family members.
When a young family moves in next door, Twig finally finds a friend of her own. It changes everything for her but she's terrified of disappointing her mother and impact of the curse. She tries to avoid her new friend and it's heartbreaking to read her loneliness - the new friendship brings so much to the story.
There's strange graffiti, a possible curse and witch, a possible monster all mixed in with the young folks in a small town in the Berkshires. Friendship, finding one's way, and growing into one's self are all key themes in this delightful book. ...more
Will Starling is set in the years after the Napoleonic War during a time when Doomsday men rob graves to help the surgeons and medical schools find caWill Starling is set in the years after the Napoleonic War during a time when Doomsday men rob graves to help the surgeons and medical schools find cadavers with which to further their learning. Our lead character and narrator comes across clearly, with a strong character and powerful voice and the disadvantages of poverty, ugliness, and having been raised an orphan. He's both street smart and quite sharp, he's learned to live by his wits and is quite fond of large words and pretty turns of phrase. He's not shy about pushing himself forward and keeps his eye out for an opportunity. He apprentices to a surgeon and travels in the underworld, this leads him to discover the possible shady tactics of other surgeons and an illicit attempt to raise the dead.
The writing and language is sharp and distinct. Will Starling is an unusual lead character and for those who enter his world, someone hard to forget. ...more
While Fear in Sunlight is the most recent Josephine Tey mystery by Nicola Upson, it isn't necessary to have read the earlier novels in the series to bWhile Fear in Sunlight is the most recent Josephine Tey mystery by Nicola Upson, it isn't necessary to have read the earlier novels in the series to be drawn to the characters and her lead detective, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose. We quickly learn that Josephine Tey and DCI Penrose have a complicated history linked in part to World War I, but the Great War has left its mark on most everyone in Great Britain.
Fear in Sunlight takes us back to the days when Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma have brought together Josephine Tey and several actors with the intent of producing Tey's A Shilling for Candles into a Hitchcock film. But as Hitchcock has a penchant for cruel jokes of sorts, he's arranged an elaborate prank that goes awry. Two deaths and a suicide later, DCI Penrose must try to make sense of the violence and to parse through the many levels of deception.
Engaging, well crafted, and beautifully written, Fear in Sunlight is a treat for those who love a fun British mystery and have a particular fondness for Josephine Tey. I've ordered the first book in the series and plan to go through them all.
ISBN-10: 0062195433 - Paperback $14.99 Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 9, 2013), 432 pages. Review copy courtesy of the publisher....more