Friday, March 5, 2010

The Thirteenth House

When the newly named regent for the king's underage daughter is kidnapped, aristocratic shapeshifter Kirra Danalustrous cheerfully accepts the assignment to help rescue him before she answers her father's summons to return home.  Once she gets home, she finds that her father intends to name her younger half-sister Casserah his heir and send her out on a social tour of the great houses; but Casserah refuses to go, and the obvious answer is for Kirra to assume her sister's shape and go in her place.  Further intrigues, political and romantic, ensue when "Casserah" runs into the regent again....

Sharon Shinn is one of my favorite writers working today.  She writes science fiction and fantasy, both with a strong romantic slant; I recommend her to romance readers all the time.  (I've seen her listed as a "paranormal romance" writer, which I wouldn't have thought of but I guess isn't entirely inappropriate.)  This book is the second in a series, following a secondary character from the first book.  I cried buckets over this one, just because of the complications of the romance angle; great fun.

Originally posted at MySpace 8/12/06


  1. I don't think I've ever read anything by Sharon Shinn. What would you recommend for someone who's unfamiliar with her writing?

  2. For a fantasy angle, either The Shape-Shifter's Wife (her first novel, and also the first of hers that I read) or possibly her new one, Troubled Waters; for a more scifi approach, either Heart of Gold or Wrapt in Crystal. All these are stand-alone novels, a whole story in one book.