Two more November books that kept me interested.
The Obelisk Gate is the second book in N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. I can't imagine what goes into writing a trilogy with the scope and depth that Jemisin produces. The characters and the world continued to entertain me, and I was pleased to continue the development of Hoa and Nessun. Essun remains the touchstone, but other curious stories are emerging around other characters.
Did I like it as much as the first book? No, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe the world-building and character introduction were so unexpected in the first book that the second book couldn't compete with that novel experience. Some sections felt slow as well, and the deliberate hiding of certain information was less titillating and more frustrating than in the first novel.
Which is only to say that I didn't love it with the same intensity as The Fifth Season (reviewed here), but I'm still fascinated with some of the characters and eagerly await a conclusion to the trilogy.
Dystopian/Scifi/Fantasy. August, 2016. Print length: 448 pages.
So Say the Fallen by Stuart Neville is the second in Neville's DCI Serena Flanagan series, but the first I've read.
Serena Flanagan is not at first suspicious of the suicide of the severely disabled Peter Garrick. His injuries from an accident are terrible; his wife seems devastated. Yet some ambiguous, indefinite aspect of the death bothers Serena, and she finds herself unable to immediately sign off on the death as suicide. The Reverend Peter McKay, a close family friend, comforts Roberta Garrick in her grief over her husband's death.
Tragedy has followed the Garrick family, and even before Peter Garrick's accident, the couple had lost their young daughter, but even while feeling the sadness of two tragedies in the little family, Serena's instincts tell her to keep digging.
A well-plotted mystery with interesting characters. A series I will happily pursue.
Crime/Police Procedural. September 2016. Print length: 336 pages.