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27th May 2008


Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’m always thrilled when I find out that a writer whose fan work I loved gets published. I’m even more happy when it’s a person who we’ve hosted on BND.

Here we have four short stories, different time periods and worlds for all of them, but all engaging. The stories are rich and lush, inviting you to curl up with them and delve into their layers. My favorite was the story about the guards protecting their prince. One of the guards is suffering from a bout of unrequited lust for the dashing prince. He’s a slightly callow youth, but his innocence inflames his superior. Not that the superior is going to act on this, he’s got more important things to do, like guard the prince.

Hey, what can I say, I’m a sucker for anything that has princes, mages and magical creatures.

There’s always been a touch of warmth in the author’s writing that shines through, even when she’s writing scenes that are sad and upsetting or even disturbing. There’s this undercurrent of happiness that lets you know that things are going to work out for the characters. I may be an angst princess, but I can appreciate that thread of warmth.

It’s a great release and one I would very happily add to my collection of print books if it ever gets a printed release. Fantasy fans are going to find that there is a lot to fall in love with in this collection. It’s got all the elements to make me into a very happy girl. Good writing, engaging characters and lovely, hot smut. I couldn’t ask for more.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, London, Clare, Masquerade | Comments Off on Masquerade