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Well, that exactly suited my reading mood rainy yesterday Fantasy romance adventure humor A beleaguered widow finds herself the inheritor of a magic sword, after which nothing goes as either of them expects Set in the world of the previous duology The Clocktaur War Reading that first would inform the world building in this smaller scale tale, but I don t think is required The romance has something of the same Kingfisher flavor as the one from that story and some others , which, if you like Well, that exactly suited my reading mood rainy yesterday Fantasy romance adventure humor A beleaguered widow finds herself the inheritor of a magic sword, after which nothing goes as either of them expects Set in the world of the previous duology The Clocktaur War Reading that first would inform the world building in this smaller scale tale, but I don t think is required The romance has something of the same Kingfisher flavor as the one from that story and some others , which, if you liked it, here sThe revisit to the Vagrant Hills included some really primo creepy new elements.There is a hint at the end that there may be a follow up story concerning the fates of a couple of other important haunted magic swords of the same making, which I would be all over.Ta, L 3.5 stars This is a stand alone, but I m looking forward to Angharad s book you don t need to read the Clocktaur War s duology to appreciate this, anyway you should because it s lots of fun too In the songs, men always say they d die for you I suppose there s something to be said for the fact that you found one who actually did. yaysaid halla, when sarkis handed her the jarno one,said sarkis wearily,in my entire life, has ever said, yay , when i handed them a jar of piss well, there s a first time for everythingwhen someone says,fantasy romance , i think of historical romance and fairy tale retellings y know, the stuff with either yearning and longing glances or surprisingly explicit erotica might also come with a free dose of Rippling Abs and or Hot Inexperienced Girl.this book, however, turnedyaysaid halla, when sarkis handed her the jarno one,said sarkis wearily,in my entire life, has ever said, yay , when i handed them a jar of piss well, there s a first time for everythingwhen someone says,fantasy romance , i think of historical romance and fairy tale retellings y know, the stuff with either yearning and longing glances or surprisingly explicit erotica might also come with a free dose of Rippling Abs and or Hot Inexperienced Girl.this book, however, turned all my poorly formed expectations on its head and gave me a chaotic farmland roadtrip with very endearing and funny characters.halla is a chatty, hilarious, middle aged widow whose eccentric uncle takes her in after her husband dies she plays housekeeper around his artefact filled home including a demon voiced bird , but when he dies and leaves everything to her, his family attempts to take her inheritance away from her by forcing her to marry a clammy handed cousin.sarkis is a very grumpy warrior currently bound to a magic sword, which halla unseathes and now he has to serve her as his new master his solution to things is usually to chop them up though he helps her getting her inheritance back, part of the story is also figuring out his life before he got trapped in a sword.zale is a non binary priest from an order that focuses on legislation and lawyering, and they answer to halla s plea to help her settle her inheritance they re just as chatty and weirdly curious as halla, which leads to many hilarious, nonsensical tangents between the two of them zale is also accompanied by a gnoll who drives their cart, and gives some deadpan commentary on how strange humans are.the dialogue in this one just pops off there was nary a scene where i wasn t grinning or making any amused sounds, and though the plot is simple, it did manage to give all the characters a few layers and a bit of depth.sarkis and halla play off of each other beautifully, and it was great to see a Classic Gruff Warrior archetype who wasn t a shit to halla at any point, but rather took the effort to get to know her and greatly admired her wits and her strength and her breasts, which i absolutely shan t blame him for sarkis backstory is one of the most interesting things about the plot, which i would ve loved to have seenof he speaks with such fondness of his companions from the past, not to mention that they sound downright badass i get that it s very obviously set up for a series at the very end, but the epilogue on that whole issue was just a tad rushed in my opinion.and because so many of my trope based expectations were subverted and the book seemed so focused on entertaining humor, i also didn t see the whole, Oh No A Misunderstanding Between The Romantic Leadscoming right before the climax which, to be fair, is entirely on me but i still found the inclusion of it rather annoying.anyway, i will say this we needridiculous romantic comedies in the fantasy genre, something i didn t even realize was necessary until now it s funny, it s delightful, and it s sweet.also, i d kill to have that tiny god bird with a demon voice as a pet 4.0 stars. Halla is a respectable widow who was housekeeper to an artifact collector and scholar until his recent death After the entire estate of the collector was willed to Halla, she is imprisoned by her husband s family until she agrees to marry her brother in law so that the family can get their hands on the inheritance Halla resolves to kill herself rather than be married and unsheathes an old sword on a wall to do it But when she unsheathes it a magical warrior, Sarkis, appears with a mission to Halla is a respectable widow who was housekeeper to an artifact collector and scholar until his recent death After the entire estate of the collector was willed to Halla, she is imprisoned by her husband s family until she agrees to marry her brother in law so that the family can get their hands on the inheritance Halla resolves to kill herself rather than be married and unsheathes an old sword on a wall to do it But when she unsheathes it a magical warrior, Sarkis, appears with a mission to protect the sword s wielder Halla and Sarkis set off to the Temple of the White Rat to engage a lawyer priest so that Halla can claim her inheritance.Set in the same world as the Clockwork Boys, this is the beginning of a new trilogy looking at a trio of warriors trapped inside magical swords Like in all the other books I ve read from this author, the characterization is especially rich and the best writing is in the dialogue between them Halla is wonderful, from her boundless innocent curiosity to the way she s able to weaponize her place in society to get her way Sarkis has layers on layers, even if he s primarily here as a straight man for Halla s off the wall approach to the world Halla and Sarkis are joined by the Rat Priest Zale, a gender non binary character, and Brindle, a gnole, one of this world s excellently conceived badger people All of these characters are wonderful and make a very simple plot just sparkle It s just there and back again, with random encounters and intrigue to overcome , but made amazing through the lens of these characters, particularly with the romance that springs up between Halla and Sarkis.This also hits a number of points that are just not normally well handled by traditional epic fantasy concern about pregnancy when birth control is not present, the role of law and lawyers in a pre industrial but still fairly civilized society, and that adventurer s can t simply go through the world killing people indiscriminately This author seems to constantly question these underlying elements of traditional fantasy see the wonderful Sun, Moon, Dust as Ursula Vernon for her viewpoint on the flipside of the Hero s Journey.Note that this is a completely independent story from the Clockwork Boys, and is set five years after those events in a different part of the world If you read those two books, you ll get some background info on gnoles, rune, demons and paladins, but none of it is necessary to appreciate this book This is the first time this year I ve really loved a book I read This was fantastic It was funny and romantic and kept me turning pages I appreciate that the main character is a mid 30s woman I get so tired of women in fantasy books being 16 year old Mary Sues Anyway It s defintely a book I would recommend and happily re read. 4.5 Kingfisher s new novel takes us back to the world of the Clockwork Boys, but apart from the same brilliant setting , the story is quite different Namely, this is not a tale about saving the world No, this is muchmundane, and I absolutely loved it The author s mastery is in creating amazing characters, complex, flawed, and so believable The interaction between Halla, a quirky 36 year old widow in danger from her in laws, and Sarkis, a sullen soldier imprisoned in a magic sword, is 4.5 Kingfisher s new novel takes us back to the world of the Clockwork Boys, but apart from the same brilliant setting , the story is quite different Namely, this is not a tale about saving the world No, this is muchmundane, and I absolutely loved it The author s mastery is in creating amazing characters, complex, flawed, and so believable The interaction between Halla, a quirky 36 year old widow in danger from her in laws, and Sarkis, a sullen soldier imprisoned in a magic sword, is the focus of the book, and what a combination that is Chalk and cheese comes to mind but it isthan that Halla completely charmed me with her particular mix of intelligence, curiosity and naivety Her unusual way of seeing and understanding the world completely at odds with the warrior s straight ways Hilarious To recap, the shining characterisation and dialogue turn this simple narrative into a great read .Free Book ♶ Swordheart ⚇ Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great uncle s estate and, unfortunately, his relatives Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in laws and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all The Kenneth Anderson Omnibus unfortunately Chinas New Dawn his relatives Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him روز هزار ساعت دارد Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in laws and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all There s always a really good vibe to this author s books. I can t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book Swordheart is a romantic fantasy novel that s brimming with humor Everything Ursula Vernon writes is delightful, and I will continue to eagerly rush to read anything by her However, my enjoyment of Swordheart is tampered by displeasure at some issues with asexual representation.Halla is a respectably widowed housekeeper who spentthan a decade looking after an old man who just died and left everything to her Unfort I can t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book Swordheart is a romantic fantasy novel that s brimming with humor Everything Ursula Vernon writes is delightful, and I will continue to eagerly rush to read anything by her However, my enjoyment of Swordheart is tampered by displeasure at some issues with asexual representation.Halla is a respectably widowed housekeeper who spentthan a decade looking after an old man who just died and left everything to her Unfortunately, his relatives want to keep the money in the family and have locked her in her bedroom until she agrees to marry Cousin Alvin Halla s taken up the old sword that hangs on the wall and started wondering how to fall on it when she summons the Sarkis, an ancient warrior who has been magically bound to the sword and commanded to defend its wielder He sused to battling armies than in laws, but Sarkis will help Halla escape and reclaim her inheritance.Swordheart is probablyof a romance than I normally tend to read I m just not usually a fan of stories driven by romance But I did like Swordheart, and I think it comes down to the humor I do a lot better with romantic comedies than romantic dramas, and Swordheart was hysterically funny The best comparison I can think of is a cross between Robin McKinley and Terry Pratchett, although really, it s 100% Ursula Vernon side note if you haven t read anything by Ursula Vernon, you should do that right now Swordheart s also good with consent, and Halla and Sarkis didn t treat each other terribly, which is a must for any romance subplot.As usual with Ursula Vernon, the characters are delightful Sarkis is very much of the grizzled, Viking warrior type but without the sexism that often accompanies such characters Halla is a middle aged widow who doesn t expect much out of life and has realized that it s sometimes beneficial to appear stupid She s constantly chattering and asking questions, and I love the scenes where she uses inane rambling to make people underestimate her.Halla and Sarkis are the main characters, but around halfway in, we get a major supporting character Zale, a nonbinary priest lawyer Zale s gender is never in question, and they re as intelligent and hilarious as the rest of the cast Also, I love the whole fantasy religion of the White Rat, which values practicality among all else and whose priests are mostly lawyers and clerks.While Swordheart clearly works to be queer inclusive, I was not a fan of the way it treated asexual people If you ve been following my reviews for a while, then you probably know that I m asexual and have seen me talk about this sort of thing before Anyway, Swordheart has some cringy lines about Sarkis s attraction to Halla making him feel like a normal man, Halla saying she d have to be dead not to be attracted to Sarkis, and Sarkis saying his religion has no use for someone who can t please a man or a woman in bed but all those are kind of run of the mill type things They crop up in practically every book I read, and I m pretty good at ignoring them Unfortunately, Swordheart goes beyond that Halla s dead husband with whom she had a highly unsatisfying sex life is described in a way that reads as asexual Here are some excerpts from the conversation between Halla and Sarkis about it A man would have to be half dead not to be interested in you He just wasn t interested in that sort of thing in general No by blows, no complaints from the servants I don t blame any man for not enjoying bedsports, but why marry and condemn his wife to the same He had no choice in the matter His mother was determined to see him wed someone They knew, I think, that he had problems I don t think they expected him to consummate the marriage at all So I ve got a lot of feelings about this, and fully unpacking everything about why I dislike this would taketime and emotional energy than I want to invest I think it comes down to the depiction of asexuality as a problem that language is specifically used and as a difficulty to people who aren t asexual In addition, I can t help thinking about what would become of me if I were forced into a marriage or some of the horrific stories I ve heard from other ace people All together, Swordheart winds up suggesting asexual people are broken and wrong, and those are the ideas I have had to struggle a lot against to find self acceptance I have enough faith in Ursula Vernon to believe that she didn t do this on purpose, but the way Swordheart treated asexuality still hurt.I cannot help but love a book that makes me laugh as much as Swordheart, and I do hope that lots of other people find it and love it eventhan I did However, I do want to give other ace readers a heads up.Review from The Illustrated Page This book is set in the world of the Clockwork Boys, about five years later Halla is a widow who has been acting as housekeeper to her late husband s uncle, Silas Silas has now died, and the reading of the will reveals the new, as shocking to Halla as to Silas s own relatives, that he has left her his entire estate.Her husband s cousin Alver, and his mother, Malva, are not prepared to accept this The only acceptable resolution, at least in their minds, is that Halla marry Alver Aside from th This book is set in the world of the Clockwork Boys, about five years later Halla is a widow who has been acting as housekeeper to her late husband s uncle, Silas Silas has now died, and the reading of the will reveals the new, as shocking to Halla as to Silas s own relatives, that he has left her his entire estate.Her husband s cousin Alver, and his mother, Malva, are not prepared to accept this The only acceptable resolution, at least in their minds, is that Halla marry Alver Aside from the fact that she has no desire to marry clammy handed Alver, Halla wants the ability to provide dowries to her own nieces, which clearly won t happen if Malva and Alver control the money.Locked up in her bedroom until she gives in and agrees, Halla accidentally discovers that part of her inheritance is a magic sword Imprisoned in it is a long dead warrior, Sarkis, who is bound to serve whoever is the legitimate owner and wielder of the sword He s also outraged that it s possible for a woman s in laws to lock her up and attempt to force her to marry to suit them He breaks her out, and they head off to possible help.This is, of course, only the start of their troubles and adventures.Along the way to, first to Silas s friend Bartholomew in Amalcross, and then to the Temple of the Rat in Archenhold, they meet bandits and priests of the Hanged Mother roving inquisitors with a nasty attitude , and people who aren t entirely sure about this rather modestly dressed, middle aged woman, with her apparently hired guardsman and her own sword on her back They have a lot to learn about each other s view of the world This isn t always helped by Halla s tendency to ask lots of pretty detailed questions under stress, and Sarkis s tendency to favor swords and fire as the most promising solution to any problem.When they reach the Temple of the Rat, the best source of high quality, practical legal help, and Zale is assigned as Halla s lawyer, they still have to get back to Rutger s Howe, and a good dealin the way of adventure Zale s gnole wagon driver, Brindle, the Vagrant Hills which, of course, are always to be avoided and not always avoidable , the Rune, unexpected treachery, and unexpected friends and allies, all still lay ahead of them.I like this world, and I found Halla, Zale, Brindle, and Sarkis completely engaging It s a lot of fun.Recommended.I bought this book