Queen of Swords by Sara Donati
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The start was a bit slow, but when I had read a few chapter I just couldn't put it down at night. I've just started the 6th and final book in this series last night, and I'm looking forward to see how this will end :)
"It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke’s wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet’s rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they’d hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke’s son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.
To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must journey first to Pensacola. There they learn a great deal about the family that has the baby. The Poiterins are a very rich, very powerful Creole family, totally without scruple. The matriarch of the family has left Pensacola for New Orleans and taken the child she now claims as her great-grandson with her.
New Orleans is a city on the brink of war, a city where prejudice thrives and where Hannah, half Mohawk, must tread softly. Careful plans are made as the Bonners set out to find and reclaim young Nathaniel Bonner. Plans that go terribly awry, isolating them from each other in a dangerous city at the worst of times."
The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book had everything I love in the same book. Love, history and a mystery. I have no idea about how it must have been to be living in a harem, but this book gives you a peak into a hidden world of love, hate, jealousy and intrigues.
"In The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman, graduate student Elizabeth Staveley is researching captivity stories from the late 16th century when she comes across a four hundred year old manuscript tucked inside of a book in the Oriental Library Reading Room at Oxford University. Knowing the treasured, never before told story she is about to uncover, she transcribes the manuscript before turning it over to the library staff.
While tied up in a frustrating relationship with a suspected womanizer, Elizabeth takes off from Oxford and flies to Istanbul to further research the story of Celia Lamprey, the daughter of an English sea captain who dies at sea leaving her to eventually be sold into the harem of the Sultan of Constantinople. While a controversial member of the Sultans harem, she discovers that her fiancee, Paul Pindar, whom she was supposed to marry prior to being sold into captivity, is in fact in Constantinople as the secretary to the English ambassador to deliver a gift to the Sultan thus opening English trading opportunities."
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved it! Although the ending could have been not so "Hollywood like".
"This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan's dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most land's powerful men."
De Fire og Han Som Gjør Galt Verre - Fortsettelsen by Hans Fredrik Follestad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great norwegian fantasy! This is the second book in a series of three. Can't wait to find out how this will end :)
"This is a fantasy novel that stands out from others by its unpretentious humor and by that the act is laid in the present. We meet five young people who are actually in the shape of animals:
The ferret Bambo Fohrtwo.
The pandabear Hutte Me Tu
The washingbear Pepper Bihf.
The moose Salt Ehfan
And the turtle Jesper Schtadig is He Who Makes Worse Worse
In contrast to the live wires is the ceremonial magicians from the Temple of Heaven. They have been waiting for the Four and He Makes Worsee worse for thousands of years and have suddenly found them in the Norwegian city PelsHeim, somewhere between Ålesund and Molde. The young people are brought to a different world in Nepal where they learned that the strong evil disciples is a threat to the good forces of Heaven. Perhaps they are about to get the upper hand and become a threat to world peace?"