Dealing with Samples #6

fifth dollMatrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

That was actually a no-brainer. I liked all of the authors books so far and should have just bought this one immediately. Anyways, I checked out the first couple of pages and it starts great! It promises something different and magical as well as a stand alone!

Will definitely read it!

tiganaTigana is the internationally celebrated epic of a beleaguered country struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant king Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful home cannot be spoken or remembered. But, years after their homeland’s devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous crusade–to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name: Tigana.

Against the magnificently realized backdrop of a world both sensuous and brutal, this masterful novel of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision, and changes forever the boundaries of fantasy fiction.

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of the ‘big’ names in Fantasy I haven’t tried yet. I saw this book mentioned often on goodreads and thought I try it out. I didn’t get very far – even the sample was too much. Nothing caught my interest, I thought it was bland & boring and I don’t want to spend more time with it.

Will NOT read this.


  1. Kay’s stuff ought to be right up my alley, but I though Children of Earth and Sky was kind of meh. Surprisingly, for a guy who has written a bunch of well-received books, I didn’t care for his prose. But I have a copy of the The Lions of al-Rassan I will give a shot eventually.

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