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The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold
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bookshelves: e-book, alternate-history, 2012
Read from June 01 to 05, 2012

This is by no means a bad book, but it's also not a great book. It's arguably Bujold's worst book. It's a little clichéd and generic - especially the "true love" aspects. Even her Sharing Knife series which personally I hated is technically better - I just couldn't stand the naive heroine. Yet, I can't help but wonder if I'm holding this book to an unfair standard - expecting it to measure up to the Chalion novels even though I'd been warned in advance that it doesn't compare.

I'd read an interview somewhere which quoted Bujold as saying that this book was a lesson to her on how to write (and not write) fantasy novels. (At least I think that's what she said - it's been awhile since I read the interview.) So, if this is something she needed to learn from to write Curse of Chalion, I'm glad this book exists.
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