Things continue to trickle in. This time I’ve got a fantasy trilogy and two mysteries. As usual, click to see larger image of covers.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Mariller [TOR Fantasy 2000 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy fiction – Sevenwaters Trilogy volume 1
Son of the Shadows by Juliet Mariller [TOR Fantasy 2001 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy fiction – Sevenwaters Trilogy volume 2
Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Mariller [TOR Fantasy 2002 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy fiction – Sevenwaters Trilogy volume 3
This well-reviewed fantasy trilogy is in a sub-genre sometimes called “folklorist fantasy”, but has the traditional elements of evil enchantress, spells, a difficult quest, along with, the reviews tell me, a strong dose of romance. I’ve not read anything by this author, or any fantasy of this type, but am looking forward to it.
The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison [St. Martin’s Minotaur 1999 trade paper, new] – mystery fiction – this novel, an Edgar Award winner, the plot involves a headless corpse found in the high Himalayas, dressed in American clothes. The case is handed to veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun, who is a prisoner, having been deported to Tibet for offending someone in the Beijing power-structure. Shan is granted temporary release to work the case, which quickly turns political and blood-soaked. This one is already on my Very Short List.
Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill [Soho Crime, 2006 trade paper, new] – mystery fiction – this is the 3rd in Cotterill’s series of novels about Dr. Siri Paiboun, reluctant Coroner of Laos. I loved the first book, and though I haven’t read the second one, bought this when I saw it on sale.