House of Shadows (book review)

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.


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