Bound – Benedict Jacka

Bound - Benedict Jacka
Bound – Benedict Jacka

Diviner mage Alex Verus is in deep trouble: on the run from a death sentence passed by the Light Council on both him and Anne, his only way out is to accept Dark mage Morden’s ‘offer’ to work as his aide, and Richard Drakh’s ‘suggestion’ that ex-apprentice Alex return to work for him.

Arachne’s guidance to search for a dreamstone leads Alex and Anne, Luna and Varim to a deep shadow world, and deeper into the murky politics of the UK’s magic-wielding mage society.

Keep them coming!

Author’s webpage: Bound – Benedict Jacka

Sarah Canary – Karen Joy Fowler

Sarah Canary - Karen Joy Fowler
Sarah Canary – Karen Joy Fowler

A Science Fiction recommendation I picked up from somewhere, aeons ago, and finally borrowed from the library.

As much historical fiction as SciFi., it’s worth reading the introduction to appreciate all the ways in which “Sarah Canary”‘s otherworldiness is interpreted by the late 19th century west coast American society/ies she encounters – Chinese railway construction crews, asylum doctors and inmates, suffragist speaker, freak show showman, company settlement lumberjacks, native Indians, San Francisco urbanites.

And all the while we never get even a hint of Sarah Canary’s view of events.

Author’s page: Sarah Canary – Karen Joy Fowler

A Phantasmagoria of Victims – review by Richard Eder, LA Times, October 20, 1991

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Cast aside this morning, I can’t bear to read any more of this tawdry trash.

Historical fiction plus time travel sounded enticing but after a promising start it’s endless chapters of Brigadoon meets Fifty Shades of Grey.

Dorothy Dunnett did it so much better, albeit without the time travel – 15 epic Scottish historical novels, with strong and complex characters and a lot more historical depth. Read those instead.

Author’s page: Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Burned – Benedict Jacka

The third and last in my Benedict Jacka / Alex Verus binge and it ends on a cliff hanger!!

Warning: Spoilers

  • I wondered how the Dragon’s prophecy would come true…. but it looks like Alex’s life is going to get dark and interesting in the next set of books in the series! I wonder if Hazel has it…. *
  • The Anne-Alex pairing has taken a while to engineer, but I’m hopeful of good things.

Author’s webpage: Burned – Benedict Jacka

* Nope – due to be released in April 2017.