I just finished reading Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher, and REALLY enjoyed it. I had no idea based on the cover that this was a romance, OR that it also had a mystery plot! It’s also really funny! Of course, I could have read the blurb, but this is another book that I grabbed from the library based on a podcast recommendation.
Paladin’s Grace reminded me a lot of the Lady Sherlock series, but fantasy instead of historical. And the series structure is a bit different in that it sounds like each book is going to feature a different couple. So you get an ongoing mystery plot, with a sub-mystery solved in each book that leads you to the next mystery, and you get a full HEA/HFN in each book!
I mean… Fantasy + Romance + Mystery + complete HEA/HFN in each book of a series that looks like it’s going to have at least seven total books = Yes, Please! More of this in my eyeballs right now!
Except… I need to wait because I didn’t get the next two books out of the library, yet. I also have to fill in other squares on my FaRoFeb readathon bingo board. But, I’m definitely going to be reading the rest of this series, and I definitely recommend that you check this book out if you haven’t already.
As for placement on the bingo board, I think I’m going to hold off on attaching this one because it’s the first fantasy romance I’ve finished this month, and it can fit several of these prompts. It’s secondary world, so, I could use it in the lower right corner to fill the “epic fantasy / different world” prompt. The author’s books published under this pen name are indie published, so I could also use this for the “indie author” prompt in the middle of the bottom row. And, now that I’ve had a chance to look at the detail on the cover, I can also say that I do love the cover, which is the prompt for the lower left corner of the board.
Basically, it could go anywhere in that last row. I was thinking that I would try to fill the prompts in the corners of the board so that I had two diagonal bingos. But, it really depends on if I can manage to read four fantasy romance novels this month. So, we’ll see.
Next up is going to be Midlife Bounty Hunter, as planned. I know that one will work for the “low fantasy / our world” prompt in the upper left corner. We’ll see if it also has any of my favorite tropes, or something that I love to hate (like vampires and werewolves, or alpha males…), which would fill the prompt in the middle of the first column. Not that I need middle of the row or middle of the column prompts if I’m going with my corner strategy.
Anyway… How is your FaRoFeb going? What are you reading and loving? Let me know in the comments.