A book review from The Movie Snob.
House of Shadows, by Rachel Neumeier (2012). Full disclosure if you’re new to The Movie Court—Rachel Neumeier is my cousin. That said, I would recommend her fiction to any lover of fantasy tales. Her Griffin Mage trilogy was superb. In this novel she leaves the world of griffins behind and introduces us to a whole new realm of swords and sorcery. The action takes place in the coastal city of Lonne, in the kingdom of Lirionne. A humble widower has died and left his eight daughters unprovided for. Bowing to financial necessity, two are sold off: one to be an apprentice to a wizard, and another to become a sort of geisha in the city’s Candlelight District. Broader geopolitical trouble is also brewing: the king of Lirionne has recently had to execute some of his sons for plotting against him, a fifteen-year truce between his kingdom and a neighboring kingdom is about to expire, and a mysterious foreigner is present in Lonne for possibly nefarious purposes. I thought it was an enjoyable story, and Rachel has a knack for drawing complex characters that seem one way at first and then quite different as you get to know them better. I assume there will be a sequel, and I am already looking forward to it.