Reading notes, week 28

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July 10: Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey (Five Hundred Kingdoms #3). Much more disjointed (several different stories) than I remember; I’d almost wish she’d stuck to the main story, which has more than enough meat for a whole book. But I do like the little preliminaries too. Full of wonderful people! Bechdel test pass (unless we assume that the ten young women captured by the Jinn only ever talked about the Jinn, and even then, does he count as “a man” because he’s sort of male?)! Cleverness!

July 12: The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey (Five Hundred Kingdoms #4). Not my favourite fairy tale by a long stretch, but I like this adaptation (though I like The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher even better). It’s such a pity that the Five Hundred Kingdoms books are published by Harlequin so heteronormativity is rampant. Also I have to push through the first couple of chapters (before *spoiler*), knowing it will become better, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Index of reading notes is here.

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