Jul. 17th, 2009

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For anyone picking this up, the back cover copy LIES! It makes the book sound much darker and angstier than it actually is, even though it does indeed contain a female swordfighter with stigmata and amnesia and a soldier for a king in exile.

Jack Marstone finds Catherine de la Fer in an alley and rescues her, only to discover that she doesn't remember who she is or how she got there. She convinces him to teach her to swordfight, and I think he decides to take her on in order to get closer to her family or to be rewarded or something. Amazingly, there are nearly no misunderstandings!

Sadly, I read this a few months ago and no longer remember most of the details, so most of the above could be very wrong.

Mostly I remember liking how unexpectedly sweet the romance was, given the plot description (Harbaugh is very good at sweet). Like Harbaugh's Night Fire, I also liked the inclusion of religion in the book, given the time period, although I rolled my eyes at all the random French.

In conclusion: cute, less dark than the supernatural elements and the plot would make you think, and likeable, albeit not terribly memorable.

Links:
- [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's review
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Dear reading list:

Why did no one tell me DMP was putting out Higuri You's series on Ludwig II and not only that but that it HAS ALREADY BEEN RELEASED?

Especially when Cantarella is on hold!

FAIL, FLIST, FAIL.

- Oyce

*runs off to buy*

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