Dy's Take

April 21, 2011

Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Filed under: Fantasy — Dy @ 08:51

(34) Raine Benares, book 1

I started this book last night after putting Girlchild to bed, around 9:30pm. And read straight through ’til I finished it at 3:46am this morning.

I like fantasy novels, and I’m a sucker for a strong female lead.  The dialogue was smart, particularly Raine’s internal dialogue, and funny. She didn’t read like a medieval-esque fantasy heroine with a lot of clunky language choices. In fact, she read a  bit like a cross between Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum, just in a wildly different setting.

Speaking of… I’m not a huge fan of the swords and horses style of fantasy, ala Robert Jordan. Their setting always feels forced; an artificially bucolic world written by a modern urban dweller without a clue about life in the country. The setting here was just that, the setting, and not, as happens a lot in fantasy, a character in its own right. It felt very modern, other than the lack of tech. I enjoyed the modern feeling, but some of the word choices pulled me out of the story the first time I ran across them (“nightclub”, “booth”).

Already have the second book in the series and plan to order the rest from the library today.

As a total fangirl aside, I ordered this from Paperback Swap after Felicia Day recommended the series on her Twitter feed. Geeky girls FTW.

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