Happy birthday, Craig — and a great Risuko review
First of all, I wanted to wish a happy birthday to Craig Allen, a Risuko beta, a backer, and the Grandest Poobah of them all! May your day be joyous, sir. And remember: The blossoms fall just once each winter, yet in our memories, they fall every day.
Also, I wanted to share some reviews — one of a book that a reader shared with me, and another of Risuko itself:
A couple of my readers were kind enough to pass along some books they thought I'd be interested in, since they reminded the readers of Risuko. Specifically, they featured teen female assassins. Wonder why they thought that would interest me? ;-)
One was Robin LaFevre's His Fair Assassin series, a historical fantasy set in fifteenth century Brittany. Long on romance, the trilogy features a trio of young novices dedicated to the service of St. Mortain (who is in fact the Celtic god of death). I enjoyed the series enormously, and am happy to hear that the author is working on a fourth book.
The other recommendation was Sarah J. Maas's Glass of Throne series, which I'd heard of but hadn't had a chance to read. Truly epic fantasy, the series centers around the sneaky, snarky assassin-heroine Celaena Sardothien. I've been plowing through this series over the past few weeks, and just finished the most recent installment, Empire of Storms. Though I had a couple of minor quibbles with the book, that didn't stop me from enjoying it. I've posted a review on Risuko.net — if you've read the book, I'd love to know what you think!
Speaking of reviews, I can't help but brag a bit: Foreword Reviews, a leading book review journal that focusses on independent publishers gave Risuko a rave review:
Risuko is an artfully crafted novel that evokes a heavy sense of place and enchantment. The world in which Risuko lives is filled with lords and ladies, spies, and complicated battles, not all of which are fought out on the field. Lady Chiyome especially is an interesting figure, with a depth that is mirrored in the complicated relationships in the rest of the tale. Risuko becomes an interesting blend of both the historical and the magical, and the stakes of the story are enormous. In turn, Risuko’s development and evolution are fascinating to watch in this powerful and relentless coming-of-age adventure.
In any case, I'm still working on Bright Eyes — and I hope to have the next prequel story, "Ghost," ready in the next few weeks.
Let me know if you've been reading anything interesting!