Don’t you love it when you rediscover old books and they are just as much fun as you remember?
Back in my teens, I went through a big fantasy phase (bring on the pseudo-medieval intrigue!) and used to haunt the fantasy/sci-fi section of the 86th Street Barnes and Nobles, looking for covers that looked more fairy tale and less robot-y. One of the books I stumbled on that was was Raymond E. Feist’s and Janny Wurts’s Daughter of the Empire. Young woman thrust into intrigue? Check. Machinations and politics? Check. Cunning plans? Check, check, check. A young girl inherits the family estates after the death of her father and brother (by treachery!) and must play dangerous political games to save herself and the honor of her house–and does it brilliantly, trouncing her enemies. So much fun.
Switching gears slightly, I’ve just started an advance copy of Stephanie Barron’s That Churchill Woman, about the notorious Jennie Jerome (aka the American mother of Winston Churchill). There are very few people who can immerse you as completely in a historical world as Stephanie Barron– but more about that soon!
What have you been reading this week? (Hands up if anyone’s started her super-early ARC of The Summer Country yet!)