Wednesday, July 09, 2014

2014 book 164

Miriam Forster's Empire of Shadows
The second book in the Bhinian Empire series (after City of a Thousand Dolls) has almost a completely different cast of characters, though readers of the first will realize quickly why some of them are so familiar (I can't tell if it'd be a spoiler to say why! I think it's obvious from early on, but I read the first one really recently). Anyway, it centers on a young woman, cast out from her shape-shifting tiger people, who's joined an order of elite bodyguards and has been hired to protect a noblewoman who's at the center of Imperial affairs. Meanwhile, there is a super cute nomad boy chafing against his own responsibilities--and chasing after his more irresponsible brother. I really loved everything about this--the characters, the setting, the writing, the different ways women wield power--and am seriously excited to see where the series will go next. A/A-.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in November.

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