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Hearts of Tabat

(Tabat Quartet #2)

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Fireworks, riots, and rousing speeches all mark the vast societal upheavals taking place in the city of Tabat. But personal upheavals reflect the chaos. Adelina Nettlepurse, noted historian and secret owner of Spinner Press, watches the politics and intrigue with interest, only to find herself drawn into its heart by a dangerous text and a wholly unsuitable love affair wit ...more
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Published May 20th 2018 by WordFire Press
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Peter
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another visit to the not that weird 'new weird' city of Tabat.

Where the first book focussed on the gladiator Bella Kanto, this books focusses on Adelina Nettlepurse, a Merchant and secret publisher and Merchant Mage Sebastiano Silvercloth: two characters stuck in their Merchant class while having other ambitions. While I liked their stories, the characters are sometimes a bit self absorbed.

While Bella Kanto does make some appearances, her shadow looms over the story: she should have been involve
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Erin
So once again, a lot of my issues with this book were due to incompatibility rather than actual bad writing. So keep in mind that, while I will be honest about the things I didn't like, what rubbed me the wrong way might still appeal to someone else, and "X didn't appeal to me personally" isn't necessarily a criticism of the writing, or of X itself.

In this case, X being that most of the characters are huge assholes.

More often than not, this story reads like a horrible parenting handbook—emotiona
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E.D.E. Bell
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hearts of Tabat is the second book in the Tabat Quartet, but you can start with the first book or with this one, as they both tell different stories focused on different characters. As the title indicates, this installment of the fantasy series centers on romance, but it is a dark romance, laced with the rumbles of revolution, power, and cruelty. This second story also features one of the most compelling characters I've read in a long time! The world is intriguing and immersive and now I’m so cu ...more
(a)lyss(a)
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was around 3.5 stars for me.

I haven't read the first of the Tabat Quartet books but was told this was a good introduction to the series. I enjoyed the prose and unique characters. Rambo does some incredibly detailed world building and introduces a plethora of magical characters and their struggles with family and expectations.

This struck me as a sort of political fantasy series that has me intrigued.
Karl
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
While BEASTS OF TABAT gave us an entry to this new fantasy realm, HEARTS OF TABAT takes a deep dive into three main characters, their families, and how their lives weave together. As before, Cat Rambo does a great job of worldbuilding, her prose is clean, and there are familiar notes of social and political conflict. It's apparent there are more mysteries to be revealed as the quartet unfolds. A gentle, lovely read.
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The Hearts of Tabat is rich in emotions and description, though it revolves around a murder mystery as well. We experience the imaginary port city of Tabat through the eyes of four narrators, two merchants and two siblings from a poor household. Adelina, the secret publisher of a newspaper, and Sebastiano, a member of the Mages’ College who handles trade negotiations, both come from Merchant families with high expectations. Neither Sebastiano’s critical father, or Adelina’s overbearing mother, a ...more
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F&SF writer Cat Rambo lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her short story collection, EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT, was a 2010 Endeavor Award finalist. A third collection, NEAR + FAR, appeared in 2012 from Hydra House. She has been shortlisted for an Endeavour Award, Locus Award, World Fantasy Award and most recently the Nebula Award. Her debut novel, BEASTS OF TABAT, appeared i ...more

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Tabat Quartet (2 books)
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