December 17th, 2005

Spock Strange

Book finished: A Sorcerer's Treason

I just finished #1 A Sorcerer's Treason by Sarah Zettel. I rate it an 8.
1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin: Bridget Lederle is a lighthouse keeper on this stormy, windswept shore of Lake Superior. One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island's shoals, and rescues its lone occupant. The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is - incredibly - destined to play a key role in a power struggle between the Dowager Empress and her foes.
Isavalta, where magic can be found in the pattern of knots on a string, the colors of a dress, or even smoke in the air, beckons to her. Bridget has the second sight of her family, but the magical land where she will go with the sailor holds far greater marvels, and terrible perils that even she cannot see. For she carries secrets within her that even she doesn't know, secrets that could change the fate of the fabulous magical world that calls her home...

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I'm currently reading The Prestige by Christopher Priest (I finished Chapter 1 before I put it down to read Sarah Zettel's book!) I'll be starting #3 The Firebird's Vengeance at work tonight.
"What happened to #2," you ask. "Shouldn't you read that before #3?"
"Absolutely not," I reply. "#2 is a prequel to #1. It tells the story of Bridget's parents, which I have learned about in #1 though not in the greater detail that I'm sure #2 The Usurper's Crown will go into. But I can read that one later, #3 starts out about where #1 left off. Don't you just hate prequels, especially ones that interrupt the story?"