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The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
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Jul 08, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010, series, urban-fantasy, fantasy
Read in June, 2010 — I own a copy

This one took me by surprise by being an urban fantasy - based on the title and random blurbs I had read, I expected it to be high fantasy.

I loved how the story made me think and fit the pieces together myself - there was no info-dumping and I felt the author trusted that the reader was smart enough to connect the dots. Unusual by being a standalone story in itself (though I've since read Ms Huff has sold another book in the same world - yay!), and it was a well-told one, with sly humour threaded throughout. I'm not entirely sure the world-building would stand up to close scrutiny - me, I'm curious about inbreeding myself, though there was a throwaway remark about how this was managed by the "aunties".

Also, worth mentioning that this is very different from Ms Huff's military SF body of work - sometimes, an author's voice is so distinctive that it comes through in every book they write. I never once thought about her SF works (or any of her other books, come to that) when reading this one.

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