Date: 18 May 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharibet
I just finished reading the Brandon Sanderson MISTBORN trilogy. It wasn't awful, and I liked seeing an original system of magic, but I wasn't moved by or or compelled to keep reading. (It was perfectly adequate for a gym-workout read on my Kindle.) But, yeah--rags-to-riches heroine with superpowers whose mission in life is...to support her man. Sigh.

Love Martha Wells. I read her Tales of the Raksura trilogy a couple of years ago, and remember the fabulous world-building and sympathetic non-human characters. Her other books are quite good as well--once I finished the Raksura books, I tore through her back-list. The world-building was consistently good, with strong female characters and interesting jeopardies.

I think you might like Wells' Wheel of the Infinite, set in a kingdom modeled on ancient Cambodia and Angkor Wat, with a 40+ year old sorceress heroine and a dashing young swordsman. Again, wonderful world-and-culture building, with fascinating characters and an interesting story.

I'm currently reading an oldie but goodie--Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, occasioned by the author's death two days ago.
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