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Rangers at Roadsend

(Celaeno #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  19 reviews
After nine years in the rangers, dealing with thugs and wild predators, Sergeant 'Chip' Coppelli has learned to spot trouble coming. That is just what she sees in the unexplained discrepancies surrounding the new recruit, Katryn Nagata, but even so, Chip was not expecting murder.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 28th 2003)
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Megan EM
4.5 stars. I liked the murder mystery scenario. I had not read the summary before so it was a little unexpected in what I thought would be more of a fantasy novel. Overall good story, good pace, the romance was a nice slow build, and I liked trying to work out the world setup through hints. My only real issue throughout was that I wanted more back story on the world. But then at the very end she gave it too me. So problem solved.
I liked this book a lot. There is once again a lot of free distrust and suspicion behavior that I found sickening. Still, Kathryn is one of the most interesting characters I met so far in this world.

As JF wrote "On the surface, she was reserved and calm; beneath that, there was steel."

Her background story is sad. I guess Jane Fletcher is found of the sob-story for all her main characters, but it's well constructed and the end is pretty satisfying.

The mystery touch is well-done and convincing.
Lex Kent
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the second book I have read in the Celaeno series. And I enjoyed it a lot more than Shadow of the Knife. I decided to read the books in chronological order instead of in order written. And so far I am glad I did. Knowing the story of the Butcher and Ellis from reading Shadow first, this book flowed perfect for me. No questions about why people did what, character motivation and so on. The end of this book introduced the Temple and Celaeno's history, so I don't feel out of the loop histo ...more
Lexxi Kitty
Two years before being published as ‘Rangers at Roadsend’ via Bold Strokes Books, this book had been published under the title ‘The Wrong Trail Knife’ via Fortitude Press, Inc. I mention this specific factoid for one specific reason – the book description for ‘Wrong Knife’ is either written somewhat poorly, or if accurate, then implies that the book followed a different plot-line than the one I read in ‘Rangers’ (either more straight forward with less flashbacks, or . . . well ‘[Chip] knows trou ...more
Frank Van Meer
I'm not sure it's the best book to read immediatly after Walls of Westernfort. I liked it (although I have to admit the thing with the knives confused the hell out of me), but it has no worldbuilding or the amazing character development of the first two books.

It's telling that the Appendix, while short, was so much more interesting to me. I was literally shaking my head over the irony in that little piece of history from the Elder-Ones.
I liked this a lot! Less than I liked the other books, but still very much.

Chip was the star of this book, for sure. I loved reading her POV. While I really like Katryn, I'm not sure I really liked the style of the book, that put most of her POV in a flashback to explain what happened at Roadsend. I got a little bummed out and bogged down by how horrible her life was, and was really happy when we came back to the present.

The third act definitely picked things up; the murder mystery aspect was re
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I have a fairly easy time finding m/f and m/m books that fit my tastes, but f/f has been really hit-or-miss. While browsing All Romance Ebook's Lesbian category, I noticed that quite a few of the titles I marked as being potentially interesting and non-skeevy were published by Bold Strokes Books. The next time ARe had a sale, I decided to give Bold Strokes Books a shot. Rangers at Roadsend was one of my purchases.

This is another one of those times when writing things out in paragraph form seems
Odd Bin
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series.
I read this not realizing it was the second in a series, but the order of the books does not matter at all.

This book was fascinating because it's a lesbian romance and a cold-case murder mystery. The mystery is engrossing, if a little lacking in thrills, since it's all about solving a years-old murder long after the fact with only interviews and circumstantial evidence. The conclusion is not terribly satisfying, but satisfying enough. The romance is a bit tepid, and has a bit of the "insta-love
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fantasy
I love the whole series (aside from the last one/ the first one chronologically). I’d recommend reading them all. A great story, and very well written.
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I never say this about books i am usually critical and the most i give are 4 stars if i really like it. but I loved all these books. This whole series I was sorry to see it end or whatever i REALLY wanted them to keep it going. I think I can say I don't think I have one book I don't like more then the other. I take that back the first book with i read out of order hooked me fast. i don't think this is a main stream book to say for sure the art work hasn't been Holly-wooded up and it looks like a ...more
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Of all the Celaeno books I've read so far it's left the least positive impression.

I'm not sure whether it was the order I read it in, it's a pretty much direct prequel to Temple at Landfall, and having read that, I knew how it was going to end. That in itself is not necessarily a problem if it's filled with enough meat besides the obvious parts of the stories and here I just didn't feel there was. Heavy on romance, a murder mystery and information about the Ranger characters from Landfall, the o
D. Omars
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
+ New characters.
+ Backgroud stories of known characters.
+ Great drama and suspense.
+ Good amount of pages
+ Good dialogue
- Same thing with description.
- Shorter "mature" moment than the previous ones.
- Prequel instead of a sequel.

Overall: You can expect pretty much the same you can expect from the other books. Fortunately, this one gain my attention by adding a detective-like suspense in it, which was a good addition to the series. You get to learn the story of two main characters, their previou
Noah Soudrette
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This prequel to the first two Celaeno books concerns two side charaters from the rangers seen in the first two installments of the series, and how they became a couple. This book, as with Fletcher's other books, relies mostly on character development, and very little plot. There is a murder mystery here, but little is truly devoted to it. Still, the characters are strong and the story engaging enough. Still, this can't hit the high mark left by the previous book in the series.
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm thinking this might be my favourite book in the Celaeno series so far. As the story takes place before all the others and you're aware of how this is going to end, I didn't expect to like it as much. I did, though. Chip is an engaging character and it's nice to get her story. It helped that there was a minimal amount of the weird scifi background in this book and that the plot for once didn't revolve around the heretics.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As always of Jane Fletcher. I was not disappointed. Out of the five books this one would be rated the fourth favorite. A good read
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Jane Fletcher. This one was full of adventure and suspense just like all the others. It may even be my favorite. I can't wait to read the next book.
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Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fantasy like story and I am glad the description of the two love birds wasn't like Xena and her side kick ( tall & short, Black hair and blondie). Good detective plot but I personally would have loved more erotic undertones. ...more
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Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and T ...more

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