Good Karma by Christina Kelly

First let me say that this is not my type of book. But, it kept me interested due to the excellent writing, including the plot and character development. Even though this is her first book, you can tell that Kelly knows how to write a good story.

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

It is a fascinating blend of history, magic and drama with religion, politics and family dynamics thrown in. Arden balances the old world's magic and the new world's religion well, and treats each seriously or at least with a sense of history. The characters have depth and personality even when they are not central focus.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I found it to be a fascinating and enchanting read/listen; a truly epic tale of life in the north where magic and religion still live side by side. I don't know enough about the Russian fairy tales and legends to know how closely this tracks with them, but I found it engrossing and suspenseful; full of history, family life, religious conflict and fantastical folklore.

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War Cry by Wilbur Smith

Smith's writing is detailed with great descriptions. The character development is excellent. Smith firmly establishes the backgrounds of the antagonists and protagonists. War Cry is a wonderful work of fiction by a master storyteller.

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