April’s Book Group Pick: To Play the Lady

This month’s book pick is: To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane (ebook is $2.99), it’s a young adult fantasy in the style of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet.

OK, I agree, this cover is NOT GOOD. Sigh. Naomi meet Starla,
Author, heal thy book cover.

So, Gentle Reader, I read this book a little while ago and really enjoyed it, and then was crushed to find the second one not yet available and no apparent sign of it being so (author’s Amazon Page and blog hadn’t been updated in ages). The book being self published, I figured something had happened to distract the author or gone wrong with her life.

Never-the-less, I tried to get hold of her, found an email, and reached out to urge her to write the next book. We had a nice little exchange, I met members of her family in Boston, and eventually…

She did!

I haven’t read number the second Sevalian Chronicles yet. I wanted to reread the first one before doing so. So I decided to pick it for the book group this month. (Aren’t I horrible and self serving?)

Well, also, I like to choose the occasional book that has fallen off everyone’s radar.

This little self published YA fantasy gem may be a surprise to some of you, and it contains many of my favorite tropes. It’s a steal at $2.99 (it is Amazon exclusive, I’m sorry for those of you who can’t get it).

I have a feeling this one may generate no little discussion, so lets get to, shall we?

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}


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