*A junction erupts between the worlds in Settler, Oregon, a rift from which horrors attack our world. The Rifters defend us.
To trust unquestioningly is the first lesson Daelin Long must learn as the newest Initiate of the Rifters.
Her first day is a disaster. She stands on a deserted street in a town smaller than a city district, courting killer rocks from another world with her ancestor from the Revolutionary War. Normal no longer exists.
While she struggles, Earl Blacke grapples with atoning for his past ill deeds, running far and fast from Settler, Oregon. The Shaman of the Desert promises him redemption, and an old mine puts the possibility of a gold strike in his grasp. His luck has changed for the better, but he can’t have both.
State Highway 58 is one of my favorite roads to explore in Oregon. It has lots of big, old trees and splendid sights. One of the gems is McCredie Hot Springs along Salt Creek.
There used to be a resort hotel there that became a baseball camp and then a bordello. It burned down in 1958, and there’s litte sign it was ever there. The hot springs are still there, however, the views are stunning.
If you decide to try the hot springs, they can be very hot, so be careful. And, clothing is optional.
I fell hard for Gunny Sergeant Torin Kerr in Valor’s Choice, the first book in Tanya Huff’s space opera series. Action-packed, unique and unpredictable with one kick-ass character is what caught my attention. I then devoured the next three books in the series: The Better Part of Valor, The Heart of Valor, and Valor’s Trial.
So when this book came out, The Truth of Valor, I was thrilled.
Huff threw us into a new aspect of Kerr’s life as she tries to adjust to being a former Marine. Kerr kicks ass as much as ever, and I hope the series will continue. I will certainly keep reading.
Although this novel did not surprise me as much as the previous books in The Confederation Novels, there was still a lot of action, and a lot of fun. The imagination is superb, and it’s an above-average read.
If you haven’t discovered the Confederation Novels yet, I envy you reading them for the first time. They rock.
Natasha Pulley is one of my favorite new writers. I fell in love with The Clockmaker of Filigree Street. So, I eagerly purchased this book. The Bedlam Stacks didn’t disappoint.
Pulley revisits the theme of friendship, and the story centers on a trip to Peru. Malaria is keeping British interests in India from thriving. Therefore, it’s imperative to get viable cuttings from the cinchona tree. The bark is used to treat malaria.
Merrick Tremayne is recruited to make the expedition a success. His family connections and expertise in botany make him the top choice, despite a debilitating injury.
If you enjoyed She by H. Rider Haggard or Erewhon by Samuel Butler, you’ll be delighted with this tale of a grand expedition.
An Adventure to Peru
From a realistic start, the story evolves into the more mystical and magical. The town of Bedlam is quite fantastic: glass cliffs; pollen that is bioluminescent; trees that can float on air; and stone statues that move. It’s a town I’d love to visit. If only it existed!
The Bedlam Stacks is a thoroughly enjoyable escape. I will definitely add Pulley’s third book to my next book run.
In 1859, ex–East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall with an injury that almost cost him his leg. When the India Office recruits him for an expedition to fetch quinine–essential for the treatment of malaria–from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea; nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is eager to escape the strange events plaguing his family’s crumbling estate, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for the edge of the Amazon.
There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettling stories of impossible disappearances, cursed woods, and living stone. Merrick must separate truth from fairy tale, and gradually he realizes that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by generations of Tremayne explorers before him, one which will prove more valuable than quinine, and far more dangerous.
The Lost Forest is surrounded by sand dunes and desert. There’s no visible source of water, and the nearest forests that aren’t lost are 40 miles away. These are ancient ponderosa pines in a region of Oregon known as Christmas Valley.
This is a remnant of an ancient forest that covered much of Central Oregon thousands of years ago. Back then, the climate was cooler and wetter. The Lost Forest survives on half the annual rain required for ponderosa pines. This is possible because of the unique soil and hydrologic properties of the area.