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Sacrifice (First Book of the Fey) – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Worth looking for.

Stars: Three and three quarters out of five.

Review format: Note plus links.
Summary: Their armies have conquered half the world. Now they want the rest.
The Fey, known for their beauty and their warrior magic, have set their sights on Blue Isle. They should conquer the Isle quickly; its people, simple and religious, have never known war.
On the eve of the invasion, Jewel, the granddaughter of the Fey’s all-powerful Black King, has a frightening vision, one that ties her fate to the Isle forever. Still, she helps her father Rugar head the invasion force.
The force meets a surprising resistance. Nicholas, heir to Blue Isle’s throne, has always dreamed of battle. Normally, he would be no match for the powerful Fey. But Blue Isle has a secret weapon—a weapon no one understands, a weapon that could stop the Fey in their tracks.
Nicholas must find a way to harness this amazing power. Jewel must find a way to thwart him. To survive… what will happen? (quoted from publisher’s description online)
Provenance: Purchased ebook online.

Sacrifice – Kristine Kathryn Rusch: This is the first all-out fantasy I’ve read by Ms. Rusch, and it does not disappoint.

The narrative switches from one limited-first-person to the other.  At first I expected to follow Jewel extremely closely, but then I got more comfortable as the point of view spent almost equal time with Nicholas.  I very much enjoyed the twist on the usual trope of ‘the Fey.’ Here they are warlike and steadily conquering everything within their reach. Not at all wispy and ethereal 🙂  Hmm, Romulans?

The only hold-back from four stars is that I felt the pace slowed a little more than I wanted, as the important characters seemed to reach their intended locations for the end of this book. But, they’re set for act two now, and I am looking forward to learning what’s next.

Hooray for completed series!  I can read the whole thing as soon as I like, and I certainly will get going soon.

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Diving into the Wreck – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Three novellas with the depth of a novel (sry bout that).

Stars: Four of five.

Review format: Review plus links.
Diving into the Wreck – Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Summary: Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she’s an active historian. She wants to know about the past–to experience it firsthand. Once she’s dived the ship, she’ll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It’s a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.Then one day, Boss finds the claim of a lifetime: an enormous spacecraft, incredibly old, and apparently Earth-made. It’s impossible for something so old, built in the days before Faster Than Light travel, to have journeyed this far from Earth. It shouldn’t be here. Itcan’t be here. And yet, it is. Boss’s curiosity is up, and she’s determined to investigate. She hires a group of divers to explore the wreck with her, the best team she can assemble. But some secrets are best kept hidden, and the past won t give up its treasures without exacting a price in blood.What Boss finds could rewrite history, cost lives, and start an intergalactic war. (from the author’s site)
Provenance: Borrowed from the local library.

Diving into the Wreck is a work composed of three novellas, each picking up with the main story following the conclusion of the prior. The first two were previously published in Asimov’s Readers’ Choice  Award-winning novella  – “Diving into the Wreck”, and “Room of Lost Souls”.

In all sections, the first-person narrator is a female forty-something loner – pilot and wreck diver who seems only to go by the title/name Boss.  Although she works with teams often, being alone seems to be most important to her.  This character’s point of view is stronger than what I recall of her Retrieval Artist books.  Boss is a character worthy of the characterization skills Rusch demonstrated in the short story Elites.

The first novella stands on its own the best, although all seem as though they would be self-sufficient if you encounter them without backstory.  As it was, I found the internal novellas to be an asset to the book’s structure – they gave it an internal rhythm and focus that sometimes a longer book lacks.

Last one, though packed with the most external action, trailed off post-climax with tell-don’t-show groundwork for future storylines.

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Absolutely Captivated – Kristine Grayson

Absolutely Captivated
Absolutely Captivated by Kristine Grayson.
Stars: 4 out of 5 *.
Summary from Amazon: CPA Travers Kineally lives an ordinary life, thank you very much. But life gets extraordinary when his sister gets him to drive three daffy women halfway across the country to look for Zoe Sinclair, who couldn’t possibly still be alive, and certainly cannot be the beautiful woman they finally locate. Then he learns he isn’t just a magician with math: he’s a mage. But what really makes him nervous is that he can’t get Zoe out of his mind. (reached from Kris writes)

Oh, my this is pure fluff… but it’s so confidently spun out that you grin and settle back in your armchair.

There are two point-of-view characters, who are also the romantic leads.   Travers the CPA and reluctant mage; and Zoe, the 150-year-old mage turned hard-boiled-Vegas-magic-PI.  Both are well described, though I do regret that I did not track down Simply Irresistable yet, because that immediately preceded this book.

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Romantic denial (living in fantasy) – Simply Irresistible | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I admire Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s versatility in using different noms de plume for each genre she tackles – sci-fi, mystery, beefcake, etc.  But nooo, I don’t read romance, I say. No way.

Then, I got to wondering about all the little sparklies around the (ahem) hunk hovering on the cover of Simply Irresistible.  And, that many kittens is rather implausible, so what’s the deal?

Well, hey, it’s light fantasy after all.  And, it has many cats.  That guarantees that there’s an audience of at least two people at my house.  I’ll take it for a spin!

…excerpted Simply Irresistible, one of [the] Kristine Grayson novels. The novels are marketed as romance, but at their heart, they’re light fantasy.  This is the first in the Fates series.
Here’s some… back cover copy [click the image for the ordering information]

Dexter Grant, the inspiration for the greatest superhero of all time, lives in reduced circumstances. Now he runs a pet store in Portland, Oregon, and privately calls himself a Kitten Superhero because he saves stray animals. He aspires to something greater, but his magic has been restricted—by the Fates.

via Mid-Month Novel Excerpt: Simply Irresistible | Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

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