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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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birdsedge
Sep. 16th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion - which precedes Paladin of Souls - is my favourite book of the last twenty years! Caz is such a wonderful, unassuming, unheroic-while-being-totally-heroic hero. In fact - it ticks most of the required boxes, so that would be my suggestion.
Cynicism - none - tick
Wildly romantical - oh yes - tick
Entanglingly character-driven - bloody hell, not half - tick
Swords - tick
Mysterious religions - five gods in fact - tick
Transparent prose - beautifully written - tick
Assassins - well there's dirty deeds and murders - tick
Gruff old men with hearts of gold - Caz almost qualifies himself, except he's not anywhere near as old as he seems to be at first - kinda tick
Lost heirs in disguise - Not exactly, but heirs in danger - kinda-tick
Wish-fulfillment fantasy - ticky ticky tick tick tick and tickety tick
Mountain fastness - just as ordered - tick

And now, fairmer, you're going to tell me you've read it already, aren't you?
merriehaskell
Sep. 16th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
I am. :) And I do love it. If I hadn't already read it, it would probably fit the bill. I have high hopes for Privilege of the Sword as listed above, though. And A College of Magics. And amberdine's unpublished MS.

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