It was a Goodreads recommendation that caused me to finally start Point of Honour, the first in the Sarah Tolerance mysteries. It was an obvious choicIt was a Goodreads recommendation that caused me to finally start Point of Honour, the first in the Sarah Tolerance mysteries. It was an obvious choice for me since it was about a woman who knew how to use a sword. I can't resist books about swordswomen. I began reading it on Thanksgiving as a holiday treat that I knew I would enjoy.
The case that Sarah is hired to investigate in this first novel doesn't sound very interesting. She is expected to find a fancy jeweled fan that an Earl had in the past given to his mistress. The case turns out to be far more complicated and dangerous than Sarah had ever imagined. There are a number of swordfighting scenes for readers who are swordplay fans.
Sarah Tolerance is a wonderful character. Her skills, her loyalties and her principles are all tested in this book, but she is spirited, resilient and always a woman of integrity.
Even though there are only two more books to read in the Sarah Tolerance series, I think that this protagonist is going to be a new favorite of mine. Perhaps in the later installments, she will become more respected and recognized.
I was interested in reading a book that was supposed to be Leslie Marmon Silko's memoir. I had very much liked her most recent novel, Gardens in the DI was interested in reading a book that was supposed to be Leslie Marmon Silko's memoir. I had very much liked her most recent novel, Gardens in the Dunes. I expected a book that was as well written as that novel had been.
Normally, a book intended to be a memoir has an organizing principle. It's usually chronological, but it could be organized by topic. The Turquoise Ledge recounts daily activities and associated reflections. So I think it would be more accurate to call it a diary. I recognized the diary structure since I kept diaries very much like this one as an adolescent.
It seemed to me that The Tourquoise Ledge is somewhat superficial. It is filled with observations that are occasionally interesting, but Silko doesn't consider topics in depth. I think that the diary format is a scattered approach. I should read her essays if I want to see more focused writing.