The Master of Ceremonies is back in Aquae Sulis. The Rose is being torn up by the roots. And the Poppy is to be united with the Iris – regardless of Cathy’s opinions. Can she find a reason to make peace with Will? Or will she get drawn back into the Sorcerer’s schemes, as well-meaning Sam lurches from one disaster to the next?
The Checquy and the Wetenschappelijke Broederschap van Natuurkundigen are at peace for the first time in history, negotiating an unexpected merger. It may make sense at the top, but it’s unthinkable to Pawns indoctrinated to hate and fear Grafters. And nobody has thought to ask the junior Grafters what they really think…
Matters come to a head as Max investigates what happened to his fellow Arbiters, and Cathy uncovers a clue linking the Rosas to the disappearance of the Master of Ceremonies. Can she and Will forge an alliance to uncover Horatio’s treachery?
It’s our penultimate week in the Split Worlds. Sam is lured to meet the Sorcerer; Cathy must outwit Lord Poppy; and Will flits between competing impulses. As it becomes ever clearer how many secrets Aquae Sulis is keeping (what is going on with Lady Iris?), it’s safe to conclude one thing at least: never trust a Rosa.
Catherine Rhoeas-Papaver has been dragged back to Aquae Sulis to be married, but first she must impress Lord Poppy and cast her final wish. Max the Arbiter is desperate to understand who destroyed his Chapter, but he doesn’t understand the political waters he must now navigate. And politics are deadly in the Nether…
The Split Worlds of the Fae and the Mundane are connected by the silver-skied Nether and the portals that permit the Fae-touched and their watchdogs, the Arbiters, to cross between them. But the London Chapter of Arbiters is corrupt, and young runaway Cathy is being pulled back into the Nether for a glorious future she wants no part of. Granted three dangerous wishes by a Fae Lord, can she tear herself free of the Nether?
Emmanuelle the archivist is a rarity: a Fallen of House Silverspires who rejected Morningstar. She knows her infatuation with his latest student is foolish, but when Selene needs help, there’s no question that Emmanuelle will be there…
I have thoroughly enjoyed Aliette de Bodard‘s scifi short stories and jumped at the thought of a sort of post-apocalyptic angel urban fantasy.
An alternate twentieth century Paris. The Fallen live amongst mankind, banished for crimes against Heaven. Stripped of their wings and their memories, each must rapidly come to terms with their new earthbound existence and find a home in one of the Houses – or die at the hands of humans who steal the magic from their body parts.
I am making up for all that Literary Consideration by jumping into the second volume of the Incryptid […]
When Myfanwy Thomas wakes up surrounded by dead bodies in a London park and no memory, she’s ever so grateful for the note in her pocket with instructions. Now she just has to fake she knows what she’s doing as a very senior member of a very secret government agency, save Britain from supernatural threats and figure out who stole her memory… without anyone noticing.
As some of you are aware, I’ve been lucky enough to have some extended time off this year, which inevitably means that I’ve been reading like the dedicated bookworm that I am. I’m likely to read as many books by the end of June as I’ve read in an entire year (during a lean year, anyway), and I’ve loved every minute. It’s been a couple of months since I last captured what I’ve thought of this mountain of material, so I wanted to do another recap – although I have had the time to be much, much better about logging reviews and ratings on my LibraryThing, which is increasingly becoming my main platform for all book-related activity.
When Niall has a heart attack mid-commute, he is rescued by Blackbird, a little old lady who is demonstrably more than she appears. She introduces him to the Feyre and none-too-gently informs him that he is part-Fey – and consequently on the Untainted’s death list.
Niall must master his talents, dodge his pursuers, help Blackbird stop the barrier keeping the wraithkin at bay from crumbling, and earn the protection of a Feyre Court if he and his daughter are to have any sort of future…
At the risk of becoming a book blog, musings on the rest of my January reading.
Review originally published on LiveJournal in January 2006.