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IduwMZ-PAbYC City of Dragons by Robin Hobb. $2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Once dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But now the magnificent creatures have been driven nearly to extinction—and the last of their kind, born weak and deformed, have one last hope of survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra.

After a long and harsh journey, Kelsingra is finally near, on the far side of the toxic Rain Wild River. But the greatest trial still lies ahead for the dragons and their human keepers. Rapidly approaching enemies driven by wickedness, greed, and dark desires covet the treasures that await within the magical city’s walls. And to reach their ancestral sanctuary, the dragons must reawaken a power lost to them generations earlier. The dragons must learn to fly.

From the most helpful Amazon review:

“The Rain Wild Chronicles is about the dragons, though more so about the humans whose lives revolve around them. The dragons emerged from their cocoons stunted and sickly, and depend on humans to live. It is also about complex human interaction, the dark side of humanity, the machinations of the wealthy and powerful and the impact it has on the lives of others. I have found the mystery of the Elderlings and the inglorious return of dragons to the world to be very interesting, and although I am endlessly grateful that Robin Hobb has returned to the Rain Wilds, I do wish she had packed more into this book. I wanted a feast and I got an appetizer…a damn good one, but I’m still ravenous! “

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I, Iago Nicole GallandI, Iago by Nicole Galland. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From Nicole Galland, acclaimed author of The Fool’s Tale, comes a marvelous evocation of a distant time and place . . . and a breathtaking reexamination of one of literature’s classic villains

From earliest childhood, the precocious boy called Iago had inconvenient tendencies toward honesty—a failing that made him an embarrassment to his family and an outcast in the corrupt culture of glittering Renaissance Venice. Embracing military life as an antidote to the frippery of Venetian society, Iago won the love of the beautiful Emilia and the regard of Venice’s revered General Othello. After years of abuse and rejection, Iago was poised to achieve everything he had ever fought for and dreamed of . . .

But a cascade of unexpected deceptions propels him on a catastrophic quest for righteous vengeance, contorting his moral compass until he has betrayed his closest friends and family, and sealed his own fate as one of the most notorious villains of all time.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello—a timeless tale of friendship and treachery, love and jealousy—Galland’s I, Iago sheds fascinating new light on a complex soul, and on the conditions and fateful events that helped to create a monster.

The top review at BN is pretty engaging By the time he starts to display enough sharp-edged jealousy to startle us, the reader is already implicated in what gradually emerges as a slow-acting, closely-observed madness from the point of view of the madman. Iago genuinely wants to believe he is doing the right thing as he continues to do more and more egregiously wrong ones.

The thing is, his justifications remain insidiously plausible, right up to the point when not even he can believe what he has done. But by then, as in all great tragedy, self-knowledge can no longer save him — or anybody else. The die is cast

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Lessons in French  Laura KinsaleLessons in French by Laura Kinsale. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Laura Kinsale’s unique and powerfully written love stories transcend the romance genre. In this, her first new book in five years, she delivers a poignant, funny, sexy, Regency romance sure to delight her many fans and attract a whole new readership.

Trevelyan and Callie are childhood sweethearts with a taste for adventure, until the fateful day her father discovers them embracing in the carriage house and, in a furious frenzy, drives Trevelyan away in disgrace. Nine long, lonely years later, Trevelyan returns. Callie discovers that he can still make her blood race and fill her life with excitement, but he can’t give her the one thing she wants more than anything—himself.

For Trevelyan, Callie is a spark of light in a world of darkness and deceit. Before he can bear to say his last goodbyes, he’s determined to sweep her into one last, fateful adventure, just for the two of them.

PW calls it flat, by the numbers. Our reviewers found some of the book slow (and lazy) but ultimately enjoyed it quite a bit.

There is must so much I love about this book. I love that it’s a pastoral; I love Callie’s affection for Hubert and the fact that she feeds him Bath buns (this may be partially because I love Bath ;D); I love Callie’s agricultural ambitions and her canny understanding of the social dynamics she must negotiate; I love Trev’s romanticism, and I swooned at the very impassioned speech he delivers to Callie when she tries to insist for like the hundredth time that they are merely friends; I love the care that’s obvious in drawing the picture of this not quite idyllic story-scape. And I think the novel deftly balances the tragic with the comic in a way that does not erase the tragic but still allows us to celebrate Callie and Trev’s ultimate happiness. While Lessons in French is not my favorite Kinsale, its poignancy has stayed with me ever since I read it, making it a strong B+ for me, too.

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My Unfair Lady      by     Kathryne KennedyMy Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Who says a proper lady can’t carry a knife?

He created the perfect woman…

The impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king’s ransom if he’ll teach her to become a proper lady, he’s prepared to rebuff her. But when he meets the petite beauty with the knife in her boot, it’s not her fortune he finds impossible to resist…

For the arms of another man

Frontier-bred Summer Wine Lee has no interest in winning over London society-it’s the New York bluebloods and her future mother-in-law she’s determined to impress. She knows the cost of smoothing her rough-and-tumble frontier edges will be high. But she never imagined it might cost her her heart…

From acclaimed author Kathryne Kennedy comes a delightful new take on a classic tale. As a Wild West beauty takes Victorian London by storm, the devilishly handsome duke she’s hired to instruct her in proper deportment begins to wonder if his unconventional pupil might be perfect just the way she is…

All three Kathryne Kennedy books are on sale for $2.99. The first two have been on sale previously so now you can round out your collection. The first two books were historicals with a magical component but it looks like this is a new direction for her.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Bzangl
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 20:45:44

    Stirring the Embers (previously tilted the Burning Point) by Mary Jo Putney is free at amazon, bn, and iBooks.

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