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This Scepter'd Isle by Mercedes Lackey
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Mar 16, 2010

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I'm really looking forward to the sequels, because I think they'll be much better, and I love Elizabethan fantasy. This book feels like extravagant stage setting for the subsequent books; I suspect that the average reader would find it sufficient to start with the second book, especially inasmuch as we are introduced in the first book to many fairies who will (I presume) feature in the sequels, but few of the humans will, and those who do are not major characters here. This is a problem, since most would be reading this book out of an interest in the historical characters, and they are underserved here with the exception of Harry FitzRoy, the Duke of Richmond, who is of course a minor figure historically. On the other hand, if you know, like me, that you're going to read the rest of the series unless they're dreadful, then you're going to start here, right?

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