Summer Knight

Sorcerers, werewolves, vampires… And now the Fae. We already had hints of it from the previous books, particularly in the guise of Lea–Harry’s literal Fairy Godmother.

Overall, it’s a very cool bit of worldbuilding. The Fae aren’t particularly uncommon in Urban Fantasy and I really like the Dresden Files version thereof. They’ve even gotten to the point where they act as background knowledge when reading other series. If something isn’t mentioned, I’ll fall back to the Dresden Files as ground truth. It’s just that solid.

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Grave Peril

First there was a sorcerer. Then werewolves. Next up, ghosts and vampires. The Dresden Files certainly get around.

I already said it last time, but it applies again: Grave Peril is a much better book (in my opinion) than Fool Moon, which in turn is much better than Storm Front. I’m sure this won’t be the same pattern forever, but it’s impressive enough to carry through three books.

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Fool Moon

Two down.

This time around, we’re dealing with werewolves. And not just stereotypical werewolves, but a small pile of different forms. People that turn into wolves, people turned into wolves against their will, magic item based wolves… It’s a lot. It’s getting close (if not outright blowing past) the ‘kitchen sink’ world building that’s rather common in urban fantasy. On the other hand, it’s neat to see a few different takes on werewolves.

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Storm Front

And so it begins.

I’ve probably read this series roughly half a dozen times. This time I’m listening to them on audiobook. It certainly goes by quick.

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Chasm City

Chasm City takes a bit of a step sideways from Revelation Space, which on more reading makes perfect sense. It’s not a sequel but rather a novel set in the same universe, a bit earlier in the timeline.

From the worldbuilding perspective, this extends and deepens what came earlier in Revelation Space, in particularly giving us a few insights into how early colonies could have been created in a universe without faster than light travel, the origins of the Melding Plague, and more backstory about Chasm City. All around, a very interesting world. It’s a relatively grim possible future, but a well imagined one.

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Revelation Space

Nice bit of science fiction to kick off the new year.

Where Revelation Space really shines is showing a future that humanity might just see if we take several of the trends in current technology and thoughts that futurists hold about how the world might entail and dial them up even further.

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The Name of the Wind

I’ve heard rather good things about this book, so figured I had to read it.

On the good end, it’s an interesting fantasy world with something of its own take on worldbuilding, magic, and critters (near enough to various sources, but it still fresh to me). I particularly like how magic works. There are parts of it which are well understood by those who study such things and work more or less like technology. Then there are the truly fantastical bits, used by few and understood by fewer–but still with a hint of structure under it. I like it.

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Lord Sunday

Overall, everything I was hoping for in an ending to the series.

We get to see a lot of Sunday and Sunday’s realm: the Incomparable Gardens. It makes as much sense as anything in the rest of the House, so just go with it.

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Superior Saturday

I like the visuals around Saturday’s realm. It’s one of the better ones when it comes to motivation and the idea of a gigantic clockwork tower stretching upwards… cool.

On the other hand, we saw even less of Saturday than we did of Friday, which is saying something. I think she and Arthur were in the same scene for maybe a half dozen paragraphs? It’s a bit weird. I assume we’ll see more of her in the next book, but it’s something of a departure.

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