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I want to read a book that

...is without cynicism
...is wildly romantical without being romance-focused
...is entanglingly character-driven
...has characters with swords
...has mysterious religions
...is written with transparent prose so I don't have to fight my way through it going, "Wait, this is what I wanted, but it's not."
...has assassins. Good assassins.
...and gruff old men with hearts of gold
...and lost heirs in disguise
...and is basically all wish-fulfillment fantasy, all the time, but for girls who used to like unicorns but don't anymore
...and maybe there's a desert. And if there's no desert, there's a mountain fastness. And if there's no mountain fastness, there's a some other fancy, dominating landscape.

I want, basically, The Blue Sword again for the first time. Plus a little Seven Daughters for Seven Sons and a lot of Crown Duel, and maybe even a tiny bit of Dragonsong, with a dash of David Eddings and Mercedes Lackey (no really). And little tiny bit of I Capture the Castle, but only in the voice.

Anyone know where I can find that?

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aj
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Dunno if it nails all those buttons, but my current favorite fantasy book series is the Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn. It starts with Mystic and Rider and just.. *heart glows* And it's so... female. Which is odd to say, but it IS. For real, I wish I could make more people read this series.

Edited at 2008-09-16 03:21 am (UTC)
birdsedge
Sep. 16th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
OK, you've convinced me. I've not read any Sharon Shinn before but I've ordered the first two.
merriehaskell
Sep. 16th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I can't recommend her YA series enough, starting with Truthteller's Tale.
merriehaskell
Sep. 16th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've read all of those! *wail* But you're pretty spot-on. Those pretty much hit most of what I listed above.
leahbobet
Sep. 16th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest Summers at Castle Auburn -- did you read that one too?
merriehaskell
Sep. 17th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
But of course! I love that one. Not enough swords, but plenty of everything else...

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