Following last year’s Court of Broken Knives I had high expectations for this book, and I have to say I was not disappointed. As with the first book in the series, The Tower of Living and Dying may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but if you enjoyed the first you’re going to love the second.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Jen Williams’ first trilogy, The Copper Cat, I came to this book fairly sure it was going to be an enjoyable read, and I’m pleased to say I was right about that. This is one hell of a book, and a more than excellent start to a trilogy. Unlike The Copper Cat, which consisted of three more-or-less standalone novels, this is very definitely the first in an ongoing storyline.
This is a fun book. It reminded me so much of some of my earlier forays into tabletop role-playing, with the mismatched group of heroes crawling through a dungeon and inadvertently unleashing the big bad at the beginning and then going through a number of minor adventures to piece together the macguffin they need to defeat the big bad at the end of the book. I swear I could almost hear the dice clattering across the table at times.
Disclaimer: I received a free, signed copy of this and the other two books in the series at a local reading the author did. While I’ve tried to keep this review honest I do understand that it’s considered good form to be up-front about these things.
Plague Nation is the second book in Dana Fredsti’s Ashley Parker trilogy, . It follows on almost directly from where the first book left off, with Ashley and the rest of the wildcards mopping up the last of the zombies infesting Redwood Grove.
[Disclaimer: This review is just for Herland. I’ve chosen not to review The Yellow Wallpaper at this time.]
I should love this book, I really should. If everything I’ve heard or read about how important and groundbreaking Herland is can be believed then this should have immediately become one of the most valued books I’ve read in a long time. Unfortuantely, for me the experience simply didn’t match up to the hype that had somehow built up around the book itself.