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A Spell in the Country
Lured into treason and only narrowly escaping the gallows, Keridwen was desperate to build some kind of life for h ...more
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A Spell in the Country by Morgan Smith opens with Keridwen sent into battle as a Troop Captain instead of simple soldier. As we'll see, Keridwen's attitude, training, and luck regularly presents her with such beneficial opportunities.
Keridwen's adventure leads her through battles, life ...more
A Spell in the Country by Morgan Smith is a fantasy narrative in the first person style. Author Smith immediately pulled me into the character Keridwen of Orliegh. The voice of Keridwen is clear and clipped with a worldly attitude and a sense of irony. The story opens with our heroine in a pinch that only gets worse with a prelude to her being hanged as a traitor. The immediate backstory is given to us in a trial and because there's tension (she's being judged),...more
The narrative follows Keridwen, a soldier and a young woman in the army of Keraine, a land caught in a long and arduous war against the neighboring land of Camrhys. Keridwen—or Keri, as she is more often called—is a tough and capable soldier, initially accused of treason against the kingdom b ...more
Keridwen is the youngest of a large family. She would have been expected to marry a young lordling but she is interested in fighting and swordplay so she enters the army instead. Despite her young age, she is put in command of a troop whose leader commits treason against his overlord. Keridwen is captured by Prince Tirais and is l ...more
Her character begins her story expecting to be hung for treason. (Not a spoiler) As the story continues, the character Keridwen is constantly ...more
This is an enjoyable little story
I like the characters, the dialog and the narration are good, and it kept me reading and interested. As jaded as I sometimes get about books, that's not a trivial feat. If what you're after is a fun little read with some intelligent plotting, a good story. It doesn't put me in mind of any great, well-known stories - the closest in mood I can come is the moderately obscure Curse of Sagamore by Kara Dalkey. I would say it's most appropriate for a pre-teen ...more
First person is hard to get sucked in by, but this book does it beautifully, with the same level of magnetism the first reading of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce held for me. Intriguing medieval-magic settings. Likable, ordinary characters. Sword wielding main character with skills based on years of training. (None of that magically hidden hei ...more
This story reminds me most of Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series, not at all because it imitates her book, but rather in the main character's obdurate honesty, humility and clarity that she's meant to be a soldier. It's a rewarding story that's very well written and has good grammar and editing. There was one sentence that worried me on the first page, a sentence in which Smith used the word 'lands' twice and it felt awkward, but nothing else in it set off any editor's alarms a ...more
I had such a good time reading A Spell in the Country. I'm currently reading Casting in Stone: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle, also by Morgan Smith, and I adore her heroines. In spite of their circumstances, engagement in vivid and gory battles, and struggles, they display a sturdy, forthright and almost (shall I say) cheery disposition against all they face.
In A Spell in the Country, Keridwen quickly finds herself bounced from facing the noose to a ...more
A young soldier from a small town thrown into the heart of battle against supernatural evil threatening her country. Which incidentally puts her in close company with top scholars, nobility and of course the gorgeous prince :)
The story generally flows quickly across a landscape with detailed history. There's a slow part in the middle where I was wondering if there was going to be any more action, but rest assured, the ending delivered some real tension.
A Spell in the Country: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle by Morgan Smith. This book is written in a style which is reminiscent of the era in which it is set. The protagonist, Keridwen, is a feisty young girl - the youngest of a large family- who would have been expected to marry a respectable noble. However she is more interested in doing battle and ends up in trouble after being set up and tried for treason. She is banned to the most distant and dull fortress imaginable where ...more
If you are a fan of old magic, this is for you. A Spell In The Country will cast on a spell on you. It's a quick read, even though it has over 200 pages. You wont want to stop once you've started.
This is one of those books you save to read twice...maybe more. ...more