Bout of Books 17 Day 4

Bout of Books

My progress for day 4 of Bout of Books 17:

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont – 1 ch/42 pgs (on track)
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire – 333 pgs (started and finished)

So that’s two books started and finished (plus one novella) and the book I was in the middle of finished.  One more complete novel plus staying on track with OST and I’ll meet my goals for BoB17!  I hope everyone else is having similar progress.

Review – Redshirts

RedshirtsRedshirts by John Scalzi
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

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Review – Closer to the Heart

Closer to the Heart (The Herald Spy, #2)Closer to the Heart by Mercedes Lackey
Synopsis from the book:
Herald Mags, Valdemar’s first official Herald Spy, is well on his way to establishing a coterie of young informants, not only on the streets of Haven, but in the kitchens and Great Halls of the highborn and wealthy as well.
The newly appointed King’s Own Herald, Amily, although still unsure of her own capability in that office, is doing fine work to support the efforts of Mags, her betrothed.  She has even found a way to build an army of informants herself, a group of highly trained but impoverished young noblewomen groomed to serve the highborn ladies at Court, to be called “The Queen’s Handmaidens.”
And King Kyril has come up with the grand plan of turning Mags and Amily’s wedding into a low-key diplomatic event that will simultaneously entertain everyone on the Hill and allow him to negotiate behind the scenes with all the attending ambassadors-something which had not been possible at his son Prince Sedric’s wedding.
What could possibly go wrong?
The answer, of course, is “everything”.
For all is not well in the neighboring Kingdom of Menmellith.  The new king is a child, and a pretender to the throne has raised a rebel army.  And this army is-purportedly-being supplied with arms by Valdemar.  The Menmellith Regency Council threatens war. With the help of a ragtag band of their unlikely associates, Mags and Amily will have to determine the real culprit, amass the evidence to convince the Council, and prevent a war nobody wants-
-and, somewhere along the way, get married.

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Review – Closer to Home

Closer to Home (The Herald Spy, #1)Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King’s Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds’ Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.

Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift. There is a secret, treacherous plot within the royal court to destroy the Heralds. The situation becomes dire after the life of Mags’ mentor, King’s Own Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter Amily is chosen as the new King’s Own, a complicated and dangerous job that is made more so by this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily save the court, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?

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