Yuletide is here, SO MUCH FANFIC. I’ll make a rec post after author reveal so I won’t have to look up everything again (not that I won’t want to reread it, but perhaps not all at once).
December 30: Passage by bigsunglasses. Novelette-length Goblin Emperor fanfic, wonderful budding friendship between Idra Drazhar and Paru Tethimin.
December 29: Dust-Up at the Crater School by Chaz Brenchley. As pleasant a boarding school book as the first in the series but it’s got a lot more loose ends, as if the writer was writing it as a feuilleton (he was, afaik) and forgot what he was setting up. Even a largish mystery remains unsolved: what was Rowany so ashamed of that she didn’t want anyone to know? (select to see spoiler)
December 27: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. As one does this time of year. I’ve reread this almost every year since I got it in the mid-1970s (when I was in high school) and I’ve managed to read a slightly different book every time. This time around I noticed that Will doesn’t really have agency, whenever he tries to do a big thing of his own accord he gets it wrong! The things he does get right are small acts of human mercy, the boy Will superseding the Old One.