This is a short novella or a longish short story, depends on how you look at it. I read it this morning for fun an really enjoyed it. If you were looking for something similar to the Edge, this hits the target.
Niko Hrabanic was once a famous swordsman. But after a scandal-laden departure from his last job at a royal court, he’s now hiding out in a rural inn, making himself useful to his attractive landlady in all sorts of ways that don’t actually involve paying rent…
…until a summons from the mysterious and dangerous White Library shakes up his life all over again. His landlady, it turns out, has secrets of her own. Now Hrabanic and Julia will have to confront both of their pasts – and if they’re going to have any hope of survival, they’ll need both Hrabanic’s sword arm and Julia’s magical training.
It’s time for them to become experts at the art of deception.
*Shortlisted for the 2016 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction*
Stephanie Burgis is primarily known for her YA work, so this was a surprise. This had that almost Princess Bride-ish feel to me. There was magic and sword fights, deadly intrigue and some light romance. It all seemed to have this lighthearted, slightly amused tone, even in the moments of grave danger, so if you’re looking for a magical read that won’t make you cry, this might fit the bill. I don’t regret my $2, even though it was short. In the end I went, “Ha!” It’s always nice when the author sticks the landing. I wish Stephanie would do something with a bit more heat and definitely longer. As always, your mileage may vary, so read an excerpt first.
In other news, my addiction to JAK continues. I want a book on Amazon, but it’s $15.99 for a kindle version. I decided that if we finish Hidden Legacy, I will buy it for myself as a celebratory present. I haven’t yet let Gordon in on this awesome plan, but I have a feeling he won’t be upset. Some women like jewelry, some men buy expensive ATVs. We buy books and action figures.