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Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses books have fascinated fans and critics alike with their irresistible blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now in Quatrain, she weaves compelling stories in four of the worlds that fans love in "Flight", "Blood", "Gold", and "Flame".

©2009 Sharon Shinn (P)2020 Tantor

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Lovely set of novellas, description needs updated

Sharon Shinn is one of the authors I preorder everything from, and I think I’ve read almost all that she’s published.

This is a nice set of novellas that take place in four different worlds from her books—the first one is from the Archangel universe, the second from the ‘Heart of Gold’ universe, the third from the ‘Summers at Castle Auburn’ universe, and the last from the ‘Mystic and Rider’ universe. They’re a little darker than her usual, the archangel one particularly in that it deals with a former angel seeker from that world and gives the evil Archangel Raphael a somewhat primary role, but overall it was very enjoyable to have a small foray back into those specific settings.

The narrator is fine (I don’t think the sample is indicative of the rest of the book—that’s her doing a particularly annoying characters voice) but not spectacular, and she pronounces Monteverde oddly (Montever-DAY), though that’s not a deal breaker for me. I do kinda wish they had gotten either the Archangel series narrator or the mystic and rider narrator to do these novellas just for consistency’s sake.

I think the description above just needs updated—it’s not ‘Mystic and Rider 0.5’ any more than it’s ‘Summers at Castle Auburn 1.5’ or ‘Archangel 0.5’ (or perhaps it should be grouped with all of them!). I’m afraid people looking for further mystic and rider books might not listen all the way to the end (it’s novella 4/4) and get frustrated.

Overall, definitely worth getting if you’re interested in a little more from her various worlds, just be aware of what you’re getting!

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Disappointed

I was seriously disappointed in this one. The four stories have nothing to do with this series. I was hoping for more stories from this amazing world, but this book had NOTHING to do with the setting or characters I was expecting.

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