October 24, 2005

Tayln

Most of you probably don't know this but I won a copy of Holly Lisle's latest fantasy book, Tayln. (Many thanks to Michelle for the unexpected but much loved copy!)

I started reading the book over the weekend. This is one of those books that makes you want to sit down and just read. Putting it down is damned difficult. I guess I should be grateful I had finished the last of my papers and classroom reading assignments before I started it, otherwise I'd be in serious trouble.

While I haven't finished the book yet (I'm only about halfway through), I highly recommend it. Talyn is an amazing character. A-Maze-Ing. Honest, loyal, flawed, honorable, vulnerable, strong. The list of character attributes goes on. She's a woman and a warrior, a combination of strengths and weaknesses that create a vivid, breathing character.

The plot is also brilliantly laid out. I don't want to give anything away, which means I really can't say much more. The plotting moves the story smoothly forward, challenges preconceptions, and raises moral and ethical questions in the lives of the characters.

I can't say enough good things about this book. Go buy it. Now.