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Lace and Blade 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – February 14, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ross delivers a charming second anthology brimming with romantic fantasy tales of swashbuckling ladies and daring gentleman. Among the best are two sequels to stories from 2008's Lace and Blade: in Diana L. Paxson's The Crow, an old flame of Claude le Baron's has become entangled with a blood sacrifice cult, while in Robin Wayne Bailey's Trial by Midnight, Lady Elena Sanchez y Vega and her beloved highwayman, Ramon Estrada, enjoy an adventure with startling repercussions on their future together. Also outstanding are Sherwood Smith's amusing tale Miss Austen's Castle Tour, which suggests a mysterious gap in Austen's letters might have occurred when Jane visited Count Dracula, and Tanith Lee's eloquent Comfort and Despair. Readers will be left starry-eyed and hoping for the series to continue. (Feb.)
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About the Author
Deborah J. Ross began writing professionally in 1982 as Deborah Wheeler with her novels, JAYDIUM and NORTHLIGHT, and short stories in Asimov’s, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy and STAR WARS: TALES FROM JABBA’S PALACE. Now under her birth name, Ross, she is continuing the Darkover series of the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, as well as original work, including the fantasy trilogy THE SEVEN-PETALED SHIELD. She is a member of Book View Café. She has lived in France, worked for a cardiologist, studied Hebrew, yoga and kung fu, and is active in the local Quaker community.
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A surprise standout was "Rent Girl", by Traci N. Castleberry (whom I've never heard of before), which is the story of cross-dressing Orossy, who feels more comfortable dressed as a girl but is trying to deny this in order to please his lover, Feisal, and Feisal's powerful father. It's a fascinating and sympathetic inquiry into gender roles, and I'll be looking for more by Castleberry.
I generally liked the rest of the stories, with the one exception of the lead-off story, Rosemary Hawley Jarman's "More in Sorrow", which I thought was thinly characterized and very overwritten. Overall, I'd say that like the first anthology in this series, _Lace and Blade 2_ is a good, solid anthology and a good read if you like your fantasy with more than a touch of romance.