Saturday, April 14, 2018

2018 book 63

Sharon Shinn's Royal Airs
I liked the second book in Shinn's Elemental Blessings series less than the first—it’s a good follow up to that story, and the protagonists (the eldest princess, now running a homeless shelter, and her love interest, a mysterious gambler who rescues one of her sisters) are likable and compelling. BUT I found this book to be a little bit racist. As far as I can tell, all the characters are default white, so it is noticeable when a visiting villainous prince's olive skin and slanted eyes are mentioned MORE THAN ONCE. The romance is also more central in this volume and a lot of the story was more predictable than in the first. But mainly I disliked the racism. B/B+.

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