It’s been a Young Adult week for me, reading-wise. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Robin McKinley, The Hero and the Crown.
This is the prequel to one of my all time favorite books, The Blue Sword. (Although each can be read as a stand alone.) In the mythical kingdom of Damar, an overlooked– and sometimes openly despised– king’s daughter discovers her own special gifts in time to become the hero that Damar needs.
— Diana Peterfreund, Across a Star-Swept Sea.
Imagine a space-age Scarlet Pimpernel, with a Persis Blake in lieu of Percy Blakeney and a Justen rather than a Marguerite St. Just. With the kingdom of Galatea in the midst of an anti-aristo revolution, aristocrat Persis Blake of the kingdom of Albion poses as a ditz in order to moonlight as the Wild Poppy. Peterfreund does an excellent job transposing The Scarlet Pimpernel to a galaxy far, far away. (There’s even a variant on the famous “They seek him here, they seek him there” moment!) The book comes out in October.
Moving away from YA, I’m just about to start The Art of Detection, the fifth book in Laurie King’s Kate Martinelli series.
What have you been reading this week?