Previous week's winner, still unclaimed: Allison Daugherty
Last week's winner: @hookoaThe Fine Print, in normal-sized print:Summer, everyone knows, is for reading. Well, so are Winter, Autumn and Spring, but especially Summer.
So every week, from here through the end of August, I'm going to be giving away a book*. Some of them may be mine, some of them may be by other people. They may be just-out, or entry-points to an on-going series. It will be a totally random and whimsical choice, to keep things interesting.
How do you get in on this? Simple: you comment here on why you need something new to read. Vacation? Stuck in bed with a bad cold? Totally out of book-buying funds? Captured by aliens who insist on a new story every night or they'll eat you?
(you can enter every week, but only once every week. And you MUST identify yourself in your post, either via log-in or a name and contact point. I'm not going to choose anyone who doesn't identify**.)
Sixth Book: The Grass King's Concubine
, by Kari Sperring.
So, I read Kari's first book, Living with Ghosts
, and liked it so much I sent an email to her editor saying "if you want, I'd love to read her next book for a blurb." I do this, oh, maybe once every two years? So yeah, when I got hold of The Grass King's Concubine
I cleared my schedule, and settled in.
This is not slam-bam adventure fantasy, although there's certainly action and fights to satisfy. If you're looking for a quick and easy read, you might want to move on. But if you want a book that can pull you in and make you linger over a page, this is it. This book reminded me of Garth Nix's work, and of Robin McKinley's, and all things lovely and engrossing. World building that makes you think you've lived there. Characters who are so real they can piss you off, or move you to tears.When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow - the realm of the Grass King - and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner and demand she either restore the king's concubine... or replace her. Living With Ghosts was a finalist for the Crawford Award, a Tiptree Award Honor Book, a "LOCUS "Recommended First Novel, and the winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. So I'm not alone in liking her stuff.*yes, a real, actual, PAPER book.
**the post will 'open' on Monday, and 'close' on Friday. Winners will be chosen over the weekend, and informed the following Monday