Monday, October 8, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 303 - The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey, Dragon's Code by Gigi McCaffrey

The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters, #13)The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another series that plays on the Sherlock Homes character. Here he is missing and psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson have to solve a new mystery. At first there are just the headless bodies and no clue as to where they came from or why they are missing their heads. This is the first book of the series I have read but at no time did I feel lost. Lackey is a master at giving clues to the backstory in small easy to find snippets usually in dialog. I loved the strong women and how one because what she felt she had always should have been. Great story with all the tension expected and with some interesting twists and turns. Of course Sherlock did make two small solo appearances.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of PernDragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern by Gigi McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been a long time since I have visited the world of Pern and it was great being back. I liked how the mix of old and new drove the story. Piemur, a journeyman harper, is as lost as the Oldtimers. They are not adjusting to how Pern changed and Piemur is looking for a direction for his life after his voice broke and he can no longer sing. The danger and adventure keep the story moving as both finally find a direction and place in their life. Nice addition to a old and familiar world.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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