Gail Carriger Reviews The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede (Miss Carriger Recommends)

I hope you all enjoyed The Raven Ring, and that for some of you this is your introduction to Wrede and Lyra. Lyra is one of the first epic fantasy worlds that I remember reading as a girl that was written by a woman. And while I always preferred Wrede’s lighter fare, I have a number of friends who consider Lyra one of the great inventions of the genre.

The Raven Ring was always my favorite. I think it stands on its own and you either enjoy Wrede’s lyrical, almost oratory, way of telling high fantasy, or you don’t. But if you do, this particular book is a great window into her world.

The Raven Ring features a tough mountain lass, who just happens to be a badass fighter. It is basically a murder mystery with magic. Eleret must figure out who murdered her mother and what that has to do with the magical Raven Ring that is her only inheritance. It also features two marvelous love interests and a fun ending.

Sticking with this theme of noir meets fantasy, I’ve chosen Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce as next month’s read. February is a short month and this is a quick read, being YA. It has a very urban feel to it which I think you will enjoy. It’s the first of three books, but it’s fine to stop after the first one. Terrier is set in Pierce’s Tortall fantasy county, which is not particularly noted for its inventive world building. You don’t read Pierce for the world, you read her for the characters. Be prepared to fall in love. Her Song of the Lioness quartet is my favorite series of all time, and responsible for the fact that my own Finishing School series is four books long.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}


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