High fantasy, romantic drivel, and cats, book reviews

Here’s what I’m reading and what I just reviewed this last week.

I got a lot of books reviewed. I don’t list the review here or on my Instagram account as this could cause problems with Amazon policies.

What I choose to read is based upon my personal tastes. If you want to recommend your book, go ahead but I make no commitment on doing an actual review unless I feel I can honestly give you 4-5 stars. If 3 stars or less, I don’t post the review.

Books I reviewed this week:

The Hunted Maiden by Douglas S. Pierce

I was not expecting this High Fantasy book to be so good! The cover didn’t impress me but the writing blew me away. Being High Fantasy the book is rather long and detailed, it packs in a lot of detail and flashbacks so stick with it and I think you’ll enjoy it too if HF is our cup of tea.

“Return this kindness by giving the gift of music to someone else in their time of need.”

Mouse—a fugitive and former stowaway—dreams of becoming a musician. Gifted a flute by an enigmatic man, he finds himself closer than ever to achieving his goal. Yet to his surprise, it’s not freedom the music leads him to but a strange Fae prisoner. She alone is the sole being he’s ever encountered without a personal song.

Forced together by their intertwining fates, Mouse and Seldy embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of Seldy’s past. Can they arm themselves with her precious truth in time to fight the dark forces eager to claim and corrupt her?

For Sea and Sky by Andie Kirkdale

For Sea and Sky is a collection of poetry, prose poems, and short stories.

These works cover a variety of topics and moods. Although many do have real emotional depth, the collection is not dark or harrowing; it is an enjoyable and satisfying read for an afternoon.

The various pieces are usually short, using a wide variety of poetic forms and schemes (all listed in the back), giving it a playful feel.

This book would be especially fun for a reader who enjoys looking beyond just the words and their meaning, into the use of structure and form to add extra layers of expression.

Down the Stone Path by Andie Kirkdale

Down the Stone Path is a collection of nature-themed and inspirational haiku.

These haiku are varied, some funny, some uplifting, some darker. I found them surprising and fresh, a very enjoyable light read with touches of real depth.

I’ll be reviewing some of my favorite classics:

Keeper of Cats by Elizabeth H. Boyer

Back in the 1980’s, Boyer wrote several short stories about Ketterlings – made cats that were full of mischief and magic. This book was the only full length one she wrote using them. If you love Norse legends and stories about witches and cats, I think you’ll find this a favorite like I did.

Sadly only in out of print paperback editions at this time.

Restoree by Anne McCaffrey

This one is pure McCaffrey romantic schlock, but enjoyable just the same. The First Contact stuff in here always interested me.

She was a restoree, kidnapped. Torn from Earth by a bizarre and nameless black force, Sara had no idea where she was or why she was in a beautiful new body.

Next week I’ll catch up on what I’m currently reading.

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