March 26th, 2012

Read Irresponsibly

Books: Sphinx's Queen

Sphinx's Queen, by Esther Friesner. YA Fantasy. Paperback, 347 pages plus epilogue. Second in the duology.

Sphinx's Queen follows Nefertiti back from hiding to confront her accusers and her harridan of an aunt in the hopes of clearing her name and winning control of her future. It had a lot less action than the previous book, and a lot more introspection and emotional work. Yes, dealing day after day with people who don't like you takes work, and I appreciate that Friesner took the time to explain it in very obvious language within her storytelling. No, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one, but it was a very *satisfying* book all the same.

I picked it up because I read the first one (Sphinx's Princess) and wanted to see how Friesner finished the story.

I would recommend it to people who are ready to hear about the work that goes into reconcilliation and forgiveness, and girls who need a realistic heroine.

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In case you want back references, here is the Books for 2011 round-up post
Anna-goat

Weekend roundup

Um. Yeah. That.

In other news - I took a walk with Dad yesterday during a break in the rain. We walked along the little creek that cuts N/S across the neighborhood just east of my parents' house. We saw five mallards - two girls and three boys. We are guessing that courting time is over, since the odd drake out couldn't get any action from the girls nor a fight from the boys.

Dad and I also played trains last night. That was fun too.