I absolutely agree Janny... Currently I have the blessing of reading Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner Series. I had long since read the Bone Doll trilogy (and re-read repeatedly), and fell in love with her writing. She reminds me a lot of... You! Now, in the Nightrunner books, I am so glad that I read Bone Doll first. It made the reading ever-so-much more fullfilling to have the background and history in place.
Lynn swore in her forward that Nightrunner is NOT a trilogy, so I hope that she's got another Nightrunner in the works...
And Clansman? Try waiting for Melanie Rawn's "Captal's Tower!" I believe we're at ten years of waiting now.... *sigh*
I read Rawn's earlier stuff, Dragon Prince etc.
Is the one you refer to in the Ruins of Ambrai series? I never started it, and I won't.
I'm still waiting for Deverry to finish before I buy any more of those books (too much re-reading is necessary, of books that are only okay, as you forget the previous book by the time the next one comes out).
I meant to say I won't start the Ambrai series until it is done.
Probably for the best Clansman. I too enjoyed Dragon Prince/Star series. Unfortunately, I feel the Exile Series (Ruins of Ambrai, Mageborn Traitor, Captal's Tower) is a far-better refinement of Melanie's craft. You'll get caught up and suddenly.. *SCREEEEECH* you come to an abrupt halt at the end of Traitor... *sigh*
Her latest offering Spellbinder? *blech* and not just because I'm not a fan of luridly baudy romance novels.
I too have been reading J.V. Jones Sword of Red Ice. It is the third in that series. I can't decide if I like her books yet though. I know weird that I am on the third rather large book and I haven't made up my mind. I like the story line, but the way she writes, its like all of her books are anti-climatic. Seems like as soon as she gets me interested in a character and what is going on she switches gears and we are on a differnt character, then as soon as I really get into that part of the story, she does it again. And its not like there is any suspense there. Because I can't just keep reading for another 15 or 20 pages and then I will find out what was happening. It could be the end of the book before she gets around to talking about that character again. Or she may never talk about him. It makes for rather frustrating reading. She almost seems like she wanders aimlessly through the story line till she gets about 2/3 the way the through the book and then she sits still and tells you what happens. So I can't decide if I really like her or not.
While waiting for Initiate's Trial to be born on a bookshelf near me, am reading Robin Hobb's Fool's Errand, and liking it quite a bit! Have also picked up the second Stephen Donaldson book in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Fatal Revenant. Should hold me for a bit, I'm thinking...
I just finished Matthew Stover's latest, Caine Black Knife. It's the third in the Caine set, but you don't absolutely need to read the first two in order to "get" this one. (It does help, but I read the second in the series first and had no idea I was reading a sequel till I noticed the promo for the first one, so there you go.) The first one is Heroes Die, the second is Blade of Tyshalle. Heroes Die seems fairly easy to grab on Amazon; Blade of Tyshalle looks a bit harder to lay hands on, but these books are worth every penny. (Obligatory note: They are *very* graphic and not for the weak of stomach or those who dislike highly detailed descriptions of blood, guts, and various uncomfortable things being inflicted (the very first scene of the very first book is Caine assassinating someone rather messily), or those who are offended by strong and/or crude language). ^^;; Have I turned anybody off yet? Lol. I promise, though, it's not all about the gore, and in fact there is a lot of very good philosophy as well as a cutting look at human culture and what makes us enjoy "entertainment". (Caine is a "reality tv" star in that he transfers to a fantasy world and does exciting things while a chip in his brain records it for the folks back home to vicariously experience via virtual reality.)
Oh, another Caine book! Very gutsy stuff, but well done, good story. Have to catch up on this one, Thanks for the mention!
Stover's stuff has all the edges BUT! without the dark bent, or the sense of pointless despair that (erp) seems to be rather popular, lately, just for shock value. Stuff he writes in has grim consequences. He doesn't pull his punches about that, but the impacts are not without meaning, and always done to further the story.
I should also mention then that this is part one of the story. Pary 2, His Father's Fist, is apparently still forthcoming. It's not quite a cliffhanger; events are semi-resolved and the story arc is mostly wrapped up, but it's the implications of that arc that drive the need for a sequel, and things are left in an... erm... *interesting* spot.
I would like to recommend a book to my fellows here, if I may.
I recently met and have become good friends with a local Aussie fantasy author by the name of Caiseal Mór. Some may know him for his best selling books "The Wellspring Trilogy" and his first trilogy "The Wanderers"
Anyway, he is releasing a new book after a four year break in publishing, and (having read a pre-release copy) I can say that it is a marvellous read and looks to be another excellent trilogy from him.
The book is entitled "Lady of the Lamp", and can be obtained through Amazon:
I'd be really interested to hear what others have to say, and would love to have the opportunity to pass along any comments to Caiseal. If I don't respond here to any comments within a few days, please email me at Laneth@Sffarlenn.net because I don't get to come here as often as I'd like.
I do hope that my little plug of Caiseal's book is ok - this one is published by a small publishing house and word-of-mouth will be the key selling-point for this new book. I hope to aid in its distribution and to help out a friend