Defending the Galaxy, the final book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy trilogy by Maria V. Snyder, offers another fun and exciting adventure. Snyder is able to take a pretty odd and fantastical premise involving the terra cotta warriors and turn it into a multi-planet space conspiracy full of suspense.
Begin with Navigating the Stars, then try Chasing the Shadows so you have all the characters and the background.
Likable characters, the Q-net, and a courageous attempt to save the galaxy. :)
YA/Science Fiction. Dec. 2, 2020. Print length: 407 pages.
Funny, bawdy, farcical, with a lot of bloody incidents, The Blacksmith Queen is...well, I'm not entirely sure how to classify it. Parody/Fantasy? Fun!
Keely is a big, strong woman who loves her hammer, her forge, and her family. She has a sunny personality and likes and gets along with everyone--with the exception of her sister Gemma, who ran off and became a nun.
The humor of this brawny woman blacksmith and her sister the nun (with a secret) and their constant arguments, their strange family, the Centaurs, dwarves, and demon wolves--kept me grinning. Oh, and there's an evil sister whose machinations endanger everyone.
It is a fantasy that has danger and suspense, and yet is full of rude humor, arguing siblings, and strange allies. The Blacksmith Queen seems intent on overturning many of the fantasy tropes, retaining the sense of danger in spite of all the silliness.
This is a love it or hate it book. The first chapter made me think I would abandon it, but I'm so glad I didn't. All the brawling, messy, ridiculousness I would have missed! Definitely over-the-top, but I had a great time reading it.
Fantasy/Parody/Camp. 2019. Print length: 304 pages.