Archive for October, 2016

Cold Water, A Bucket Thereof

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2016 by davidnm2009

Based on what I’m seeing of the Tory Conference, I think some people are going to be in for a big, big surprise come March.

Below the cut, my prediction for how the Article 50 talks will play out…

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The Spiritwalker Trilogy, by Kate Elliott

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2016 by davidnm2009

Rei vindicatio.

I first read Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy in late 2013. The series stayed in my mind subsequently, so I decided to reread it.

The trilogy consists of three books, Cold Magic, Cold Fire and Cold Steel. They are a fascinating mix of steampunk, romance, fantasy and alternative history. The series is hard to describe succintly, and almost impossible not to spoil, but here goes anyway…

Catherine Hassi Barahal – Cat, to her friends – is a Kena’ani girl living in the city of Adurnam, in the cold north of the continent of Europa. She lives with the people she has been raised to believe are her family – her father and mother drowned when she was very young, and their Kena’ani relatives took them in. Cat spends her days studying at Adurnam’s Academy (which, in a recent liberalising move, has begun accepting young women as students) and affectionately-sparring with her beloved cousing Beatrice (or Bee, for short). So, far so normal.

Cat’s broadly-happy existence is abruptly blown out of the water by the arrival of Andevai Diarisso Haranwy, who is none other than a magister of the Four Moons House of mages. The Mage Houses are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Europa; their mastery of the arcane powers have given them an influence up there with potentates such as the princes of the city-states, or even the vestigial empire of Rome itself.

And Andevai has some very personal designs on Cat; he seeks to marry her. For Cat’s family have not told her the entire truth – she was used as a pawn in a vast political game, long before she was even a toddler. And the implications of that game may just shake the entire continent.

Because, you see, the feared General Camjiata has returned, and he threatens to upend Europa’s entire social order in his pursuit of revolution and empire…

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