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To Play the Lady Paperback – September 11, 2011
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About the Author
Naomi Lane has been daydreaming up silly stories for as long as she can remember, and one day she thought it would be fun to write some of them down. After finishing the first story, everyone kept asking when they could read it, so she self-published To Play the Lady. When not daydreaming about fantasy worlds she works as an energy consultant in downtown Boston, and also lives in Boston with her husband and their two cats. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.sevalianchronicles.com.
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A well written book is wonderful to read in this age of sloppily written, sex-filled rubbish, but I just can't get my head around reading about children, who are portrayed as far too grown up, and remain squeamish free.
To Play the Lady was a wonderful debut novel and I look forward to it's sequel(s.) I'm a sucker for an away from home, going off to school, training for something sort of book and this one hooked me in the first chapter. However, it's much much more than it appears to be and after I blazed through it the first time (couldn't put it down!) I couldn't stop thinking about the world. I had to read the whole book again, slowly, to really soak up the nuances of culture, religion and history so carefully concealed in the rolicking adventure presented. For this reason the novel should appeal to readers from 12+, and on different levels.
Other reviewers have mentioned similarities to Tamora Pierce and Sherwood Smith. I would echo those sentiments. Like the works of those talented ladies, this is a great fantasy novel!
After that first week, the pacing does moderate some, but the breathless rush at the beginning made me feel off balance for the whole book, waiting for something else to happen to even out the book.
I thought the plot and pacing were uneven, but the worldbuilding was interesting.
Read if: You enjoy the idea of someone realizing they have way more power and clout than they realized and trying to figure out how to use it.
Skip if: You have forgotten that 13 year olds have sexual feelings and need sexual education. If your belief suspenders are feeling worn out.
Suggestion instead: A College of Magics
I bought this book (kindle edition) after seeing the review rating and it sounded a lot like Tamora Pierce's books. I was pleasantly surprised it moved along quickly and kept my interest but I agree with some of the other criticisms (she does faint a lot, the royalty is too accessible and she does seem to save the day a lot). However I wish the author had left the ending as more of a cliff hanger or killed someone off. It did seem a little like the heroine got everything she wanted without losing too much besides maybe some pride. All said, I agree with the consensus it was a good first attempt, the created world is well-formed but not bogged down with description and the main character is relatable. I will read the sequel when it comes out.