Sunday, March 8, 2015
Quatrain - Sharon Shinn
I think I liked the last two best – “Gold” – where the Crown Princess Zara is sent to the hidden kingdom of Alora when her kingdom is attacked, and “Flame”- the story of the fire mystic Senneth.
In “Gold”, the Alorians are basically fairy folk, and any human that goes to their realm usually never leaves. Zara knows she needs to go back to Castle Auburn, but even a few weeks time is enough to test her will. You can totally see the solution for this dilemma coming, but it’s still a satisfying story.
In “Flame”, Senneth is used to being a vagabond wanderer, but when visiting one of the few kinswoman that still speaks to her (mystics being generally distrusted because of their powers), she makes some new friends that actually don’t seem afraid if her, and agrees to come visit them. What follows is a good twist on the typical making fearful strangers trust in power kind of story. I liked it, and I wouldn’t mind reading more set in this universe.