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The House of the Four Winds book review

So, this evening I'll be reviewing The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

I'm a big ML fan, although I've somehow never gotten around to reading her Herald novels, which are what she is best known for. I really do enjoy her Elemental Masters series, although I've found the quality of the individual books to vary. Haven't read anything by Mallory.

So, the premise is that the small kingdom of Swansgaard (located in between Turkey, Poland, and Russia; looks like the Ukraine in curent maps) has a royal family that has been blessed with twelve daughters and finally one son. The loving parents bring their girls together to inform them that the country cannot afford twelve royal dowaries, and so each girl must set off to find her own fortune. The eldest, Clarice, is an accomplished swords-woman and sets off for the New World in order to gain the experience needed to become a true fencing instructor.

On the way, the ship's crew mutinys (didn't LJ used to do spell check?), pirates appear, the titular House is reached, a fantastic quest for a fantastic treaure is proposed, and Clarice (disguised as Clarence) finds herself falling for the ship's navigator.

Overall, this was a decent book. Not fantastic, but okay. Without trying to give away too much, I really would have liked to learn more about the House and the two female pirate captains. The cover advertises it as being the first book of The Dozen Daughters; I'll give the next one a try (if the daughters do leave in order of age, the next one may be joining the army), but may not follow after that. My to-read pile is ridiculous as it is.



March 2017

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