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Fortune and Fate Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Following 2007's Reader and Raelynx, which wrapped up the original Twelve Houses fantasy quartet, this rousing sword-and-sorcery romance introduces Wen, a former elite warrior Rider haunted by her failure to protect King Baryn during a rebellion and heartbroken by her lover's marriage to another. After Wen saves teen heiress Karryn, daughter of one of the rebels, from kidnapping and ravishment, Karryn's uncle and guardian, Jasper Paladar, rewards Wen with an offer to train a cadre of bodyguards. Reluctant at first, Wen gradually faces her fears and falls in love with Jasper, the soul of sexy scholarly gallantry. Despite the tweeny dialogue and predictable derring-do, Shinn combines a substantial range of appealing characters with a solid reinforcement of women's capabilities in peace and war, making the story comfortable, if not profound. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.
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In the meantime, Cammon, consort to Queen Amalie, decides to tour the Southern houses to see how the land lies in company of his closest friends.
First the 2 stories run in parallel, switching POVs and toward the end they become intertwined.
It is good to learn what exactly happened after the war the Southern houses waged on the Crown (that was a kind of question mark for me at the end of Reader and Raelynx ). It is lovely to meet the circle of friends again.
But surprisingly -for me- the most satisfactory storyline was Wen's: how she is building up the guard, how her relationship with the guardsmen/women, with Karryn, with Jasper (uncle/guardian to Karryn) is developing. How she finally learns to forgive herself and puts her demons to rest. How the world in general is put to rights again.
I found it so easy to relate to Wen as a character. I loved her loyalty, determination, bravery & her vulnerability.
I just did not want the story to end and would happily read a 6th/7th installment to this series any day
The writing is intriguing and one is soon drawn into a well crafted world where you want to stay. Her books are comfortable to read with characters who persevere. The characters are complex; the action is entertaining and there is a satisfactory ending when Wen finds a home.
Great book for a rainy afternoon
The romance between her and a scholarly (in our modern language, nerdy) noble is a delightful feature. The tough and burly swordswoman and the aristocrat is a very nice role reversal from the traditional pairing of warrior man and damsel-in-distress so common to fantasy stories. It was refreshing and I found it satisfying.
I do recommend this book although it definitely isn't a stand-alone novel...while Shinn does explain some of the backstory it would be better for the reader to read all the other Twelve Houses books first.
I liked this one a lot and I look forward to reading more in this series.