My books of 2012 – Part Six: Fantasy

Part One – Biography/Autobiography

Part Two – Non-fiction

Part Three – Historical Fiction

Part Four – Young Adult Fantasy

Part Five – Murder Mystery

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) – George R.R. Martin

10664113“The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all…” – GoodReads

4 stars
I really like the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but these books keep getting longer and longer. This one took some work to get through. It’s worth it, but not always easy.

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) – Charlaine Harris

7981206“With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows…” – GoodReads

3 stars
I’ve enjoyed reading the Sookie Stackhouse books, and watching True Blood but the books seem to be more and more focussed on the TV series, with scenes that are not really necessary for the plot but would look great on TV told in a lot of detail.

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters Trilogy #1) – Juliet Marillier

13928“Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.

When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…” – GoodReads

5 stars

This was a great recommendation from a friend, a beautiful retelling of a classic tale. It’s a story of great strength but also sadness.