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Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Not recommended
Read Melusine by Sarah Monette instead.

From the cover copy: Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her dazzling web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Realm readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence -- and corruption.

Whoever controls the Queen controls the Darkness. Three men -- sworn enemies -- know that. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love...and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining.


Most of the problems I had with this book were personal, frame-of-reference objections, but not only those... )
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In the beginning, there was the ratio, and the ratio was with God, and the ratio was God. - John 1:1 *
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Ash by Malinda Lo
recommended, with caveat

After Ash's father dies, her cruel stepmother forces her to become the household servant. When Ash meets Sidhean, a dangerous and powerful fairy, it seems like her dreams of a fairytale rescue are about to come true.

Then Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and over a summer of learning to hunt and ride, she falls in love.

But Sidhean has already laid his claim, and Ash must choose between a magical romance and true love.

I really wanted to like this book. Some of my favorite authors said such lovely things about it, the excerpt on the jacket was spare and beautiful, and I have a thing for huntresses, in general. Also, the cover is great. I was hoping for something vivid and moving, similar to Keturah and Lord Death, except with more horseback-riding and real fairies, and much less actual dying. Ash was a good book, but only superficially like what I expected.

It was good )

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