- ABOUT ME
The kingdom of Goredd is thrown into turmoil when a member of the royal family is murdered. Though there is no actual proof, the grisly and gruesome nature of the crime indicates that the deed was done by a dragon. The treaty between humans and dragons (the creatures can take on human form and live and work among the citizens of the kingdom) remains intact, but Prince Rufus’ murder puts further strain on an already tenuous peace between the species. Embroiled in all this is Seraphina Dombegh, the sixteen-year-old assistant to the court musician whose remarkable talent is tied to a secret she has kept her entire life, resulting in a sense of isolation even when she’s surrounded by others. Try as she might to remain detached and unnoticed, she is recruited to help Prince Lucian Kiggs investigate the murder. On top of that, she is also tasked with teaching Princess Glisselda to play the harpsichord and preparing for the upcoming celebration of the treaty’s fortieth anniversary. As Seraphina juggles her public duties with her innate need to protect her privacy, she discovers that her involvement in the affairs of the royal court are much more complicated than she ever thought it would be and, perhaps most importantly, that she isn’t as alone as she believes she is.
In search of an adventure soon after graduating from Smith College, Piper Kerman finds herself romantically involved with Nora Jansen, an older woman with a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle. Piper soon discovers how Nora can afford to live lavishly: she works for a West African drug lord and is tasked with smuggling drugs into the United States. Before long, she was traveling with Nora around the world and though she isn’t strictly part of the business (she is there as Nora’s companion, after all, and did not work for Alaji, the kingpin), Piper finds herself unwittingly involved in the drug game. Years after cutting ties with Nora, Piper is happy and content with her new life: she is in love with a man named Larry and has a job as a TV producer. But her past comes back to haunt her as she is summoned to Chicago, having been indicted in federal court. After pleading guilty, she is given her sentence: fifteen months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Throughout her stay, Piper learns the societal norms of prison, makes many new friends, picks up culinary and industrial skills, and retains her humanity in a place where it can easily be lost.
Many thanks to Lerner Publishing Group for the galley copy (via NetGalley). For my review of Book 1 in the series, Skylark, click here.
After leaving the Iron Wood, Lark’s quest to find her brother Basil continues. Throughout her journey, she struggles to understand her magical abilities and somehow ends up being part of a rebel gang with loose ties to her brother. The goal of the rebels is to overthrow Prometheus, a powerful man who siphons magic from unwilling citizens of Lethe. Her skills are put to the test when she is chosen to spearhead a mission to get rid of Prometheus once and for all.