So, I haven’t been writing much lately — I got about an hour in at the computer yesterday and just couldn’t seem to get any momentum on any of the tales that I have going. Probably wrote less than 200 words. Instead, I’ve been getting a bit of reading done.
I have about four books going, and two of them grabbed me and held on — both of them ebooks by Tim Pratt. The first was the eighth entry in his Marla Mason series (he mentions that he’s now written as many (or more) self-published books in the series as he had written for a publisher), titled LADY OF MISRULE. The second was a $0.99 novel called HEIRS OF GRACE, which was originally published as a Kindle Serial.
I’ve been a Marla Mason fan since I read the first one many years ago, and while I enjoyed this one, where Marla et al battle a seemingly-undefeatable extra-dimensional monster, it felt a little scattershot (is that a word?) compared to some of the others. Less focused. More “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” in plot. Which is not to say it was bad — it was a pretty fun, pretty fast read. Lots of imaginative stuff there. Maybe a little too much. Still, I’m looking forward to the next installment for further adventures of Marla Mason.
The second, HEIRS OF GRACE, impressed me. I went into the read with almost no expectations, and the book grabbed me from the first page. This one features recent art school graduate Rebekah Lull, who has inherited from her biological father a fair sized sum of money and a house in North (?) Carolina. And what she finds out is that she isn’t exactly all human — her father is a sorcerer at the least and maybe a whole lot more. And she has some biological siblings — not all human either.
There’s a lawyer named Trey who she finds herself attracted to and it appears that the attraction is quite mutual, but there’s a bit of a conflict seeing as how he’s her lawyer.
Oh, and the house is magic.
This was a really inventive story with lots of cool characters and plenty of peril for our main character as she fights against her siblings and contends with the risks that her inheritance poses to her. Not to mention complications with the relationship with Trey… I had a hard time putting this book down. It was also a fun and fast read, and was unlike much of what I’ve read before.
Tim Pratt is a very gifted writer of fantasy and SF, and both of these were well worth my time.
Now, I’ll just hope that I get some inspiration to actually write something.