Monday, February 03, 2014

2014 book 28

Rosemary Kirstein's The Steerswoman
I read an essay of Jo Walton's raving about this book, so figured I'd give it a try now that it's available for Kindle. And I was not disappointed. It's about Rowan, the titular Steerswoman--they function as sort of mobile librarians/information sources, and have to answer any question they're asked, and everyone has to answer their question too. Anyway, she keeps finding these weird jewels, and wants to figure out where they're coming from--which sets a bunch of angry wizards on her, determined to stop her quest for information with their magic. Except . . . their magic is like electricity, and other things that are apparently to a modern reader. At any rate, this book has great pacing and a strong story, and I really liked the characters (besides Rowan, there is a warrior woman named Bel and a teenager named William who's picked up some of the wizard's tricks). Definitely looking forward to the rest of this series coming to Kindle. A/A-.

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