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Melissa McShane

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in Portland, Oregon, The United States



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July 2008


Melissa grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.

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Melissa McShane There are eight talents, so I anticipate there being eight books in total. Unless I get ambitious and plan a ninth featuring all the main characters. …moreThere are eight talents, so I anticipate there being eight books in total. Unless I get ambitious and plan a ninth featuring all the main characters. :)(less)
Melissa McShane When I'm blocked on one book, I move on and write another. I once wrote an entire novel because I wasn't making progress on a different book.
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Rider of the Crown (The Cro...

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My 2019 Reading Favorites

I read 79 books in 2019, which is lower than last year. Considering that I read a lot of my own books (either in editing or in preparing to write something new in a series) that number is actually more like 67. In looking at my spreadsheet where I track my reading, I see long weeks where I didn’t read anything at all. That’s the tradeoff for me as a writer–either I’m reading or I’m writing, but I’

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Servant of the Crown Rider of the Crown Agent of the Crown Voyager of the Crown
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3.79 avg rating — 4,846 ratings

Burning Bright Wondering Sight Abounding Might
(3 books)
3.96 avg rating — 3,617 ratings

The Book of Secrets The Book of Peril The Book of Mayhem The Book of Lies The Book of Betrayal The Book of Havoc The Book of Harmony
(8 books)
4.18 avg rating — 2,365 ratings

Company of Strangers Stone of Inheritance Mortal Rites Shifting Loyalties Sands of Memory Call of Wizardry
(6 books)
4.11 avg rating — 791 ratings

Pretender to the Crown Guardian of the Crown Champion of the Crown
(3 books)
4.08 avg rating — 732 ratings

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Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont
"This is the first Esslemont book in the "recommended" reading order of the Malazan books. I did like how this was more of a narrative style. The book mostly focuses on two different citizens of Malaz during the time when Surly become the empress, and" Read more of this review »
Returning to Friendship by Chantal Mer
"So I read the first chapter and couldn't shake the feeling that I'd boarded the Stereotype Express headed to Tropeville. Coffee is "the blessed elixir of life" with its "rich chocolate flavor" filling her nostrils. Her best friend is gay, obviously, " Read more of this review »
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This volume of The Viscount of Adrilankha picks up almost right where the first book, The Paths of the Dead, leaves off, which makes sense because the three volumes are all one big story. Where the first book was maneuvering for position, the second ...more
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I'm torn about how to rate this one. It really is the first volume of a longer work, and ends rather abruptly, so I feel like I'd rate the overall story higher than each of its parts. So four stars makes sense, but it doesn't account for so much of w ...more
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Five Hundred Years After by Steven Brust
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I'm upping my rating to five stars upon re-reading this sequel to The Phoenix Guards, mostly because this time I more fully appreciated Brust's genius in fitting his invented history of the Dragaeran Empire to the framework of Dumas' novels. Where Th ...more
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The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust
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I love Steven Brust's work, and this one is near the top of my favorites list. Riffing off The Three Musketeers, Brust manages to fit this story into the world of Dragaera so neatly I almost never remember it's technically a derivative work. The conc ...more
Vittoria Cottage by D.E. Stevenson
"3.5 stars, more if you're a fan of cozy, old-timey family dramas with a little romance. If you've read any other D.E. Stevensen novels, this is fairly typical of her work: small English town life in the mid-20th century, often with WWII as a backdrop" Read more of this review »
Bound to the Battle God by Ruby Dixon
"Part of me doesn't want to admit that I gave this a shot. It is every bit as schmaltzy as that cover indicates. And I stuck it out way longer than I would have expected given how little Dixon cares about worldbuilding or characterization. The thing i" Read more of this review »
The Captive King by Susan Copperfield
" It was the Incas, dear. But your point stands. "
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
" This book makes me happy just thinking about it. "
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“it’s because you’re a different person, every time you re-read a book, and you learn things your earlier self wouldn’t have noticed or wouldn’t have cared about. Or sometimes it’s just because the story is an old favorite, and it’s a comforting reminder of good things.”
Melissa McShane, Servant of the Crown

“It gives me pleasure to walk through a room full of books and know that one of them might be the next story I fall in love with.”
Melissa McShane, Servant of the Crown

“My people believe bathing weakens you,” Gerrard said. “But my people are well known to be uncivilized.” “Your people don’t believe in drinking coffee. That’s a fair definition of uncivilized.”
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“It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree.”
Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.”
Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc

“It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
William Ralph Inge

“The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.”
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“I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”
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