Well, well... all caught up and now... 3 behind. That's what happens when you spend a 3 day yom tov all alone (ok, all alone except for the 3 other frum families in Carteret + my DH). Anyway, Shavuos is over and I have 3 new books to review... fresh in my mind-ish for now, but let's see if I can get them all done while that's still the case. Numero uno was begun before Shavuos (first half was finished, but I'm reviewing both together) - Court Duel (or actually, it's Crown Duel for both together). Not sure when the last time I read this was, certainly not since I started the blog. So does it hold its flavor? Does it still pass muster?
So much for the new - what about the old? Is it still one heck (apologize, apologize) of a romance? I'd say so. He's just awesome, that Shevraeth. And he loves her, he does. It is definitely problematic that we don't see anything from his POV and even more so that they really don't interact much (at least in the second book) but it got me back into my somewhat abandoned habit of imagining what isn't written. And there's plenty of fodder for that here. And the details of court life are as enjoyable as ever of course - nobility being, after all, my preferred milieu. The book remains a solid historical (fantasy - whatever) romance, though years of chic lit have somewhat deprecated my appreciation of its uniqueness (that is to say, I don't know many other fantasy romances - I guess Sharon Shinn) but the usual chic lit fare does a fine job with romance in its own way). Still, still, still - I don't feel stupid that I know this book almost by heart (not quite as well as I used to of course). It satisfies my ideals of a romance with angst, tension, and happy culmination, and a royal hero to boot.