Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2014 book 43

J. Kathleen Cheney's The Golden City
So this is kind of a historical-fantasy-mystery mashup, and I LOVE IT. Cheney's worldbuilding--Portugal in 1705, but with magic and magical creatures--is really, really engaging. Our protagonist is a siren, living in the city as a young lady's companion and spying for her people, when she and her lady are attacked and she is soon investigating some pretty messed-up murders. Meanwhile, a local half-selkie gentleman is consulting with the police on the same set of murders, so it's inevitable that their paths will collide. And Cheney totally had me rooting for them to JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY, GOD. Adorable ol' sea-people. I liked this a lot, and can't wait for the sequel (out in July!). A/A-.

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