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Black Dogs Part One: The House of Diamond Kindle Edition
With wry wit and offbeat humor, Black Dogs builds a fully imagined world (both physical and metaphysical) that deftly sidesteps fantasy clichés. It is sure to appeal to longtime fantasy devotees as well as readers looking for a strong female adventure story.
- ASIN : B07BWB5J5S
- Publisher : Sofawolf Press, Inc.; 1st edition (2 April 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2742 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #412,027 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ursula Vernon: Black Dogs Part Two: The Mountain of Iron
I'm reviewing these together because it's really one story in two books.
In The House of Diamond Lyra is orphaned in one violent incursion into her previously peaceful home led by her bastard half-brother. The House of Volfrieds was one of the most important houses on the River Tanglelore, but now it's destroyed. She escapes by hiding in a cupboard and runs off ill prepared for survival. She's found by Sadrao, a dog soldier, literally a sentient upright dog-person with warrior skills and an inbuilt need to protect. She goes from a sheltered comfortable life to a tough life on the road while Sadrao tries to teach her to fight. They meet up with Sadrao's old friend Sinai and her lover Jacyl, elves of Anu'tintavel who have been charged with transporting the half-elf Trent to the mind wizards of the House of Diamond. Trent is the son of dark wizard Vade, got by rape on Sinai's cousin, the elf Lythara. The mind wizards should be able to ascertain whether he's genuinely escaped from his father or whether he's a plant, not to be trusted. They meet dangers on the road and Lyra gradually falls for Trent, so when the House of Diamond turns out to be not what they all expected, she has to carry out a daring rescue.
This is the second half of the story begun in The House of Diamond. In the Mountain of Iron, Lyra, Trent and Sadrao are journeying to warn the elves of danger from Trent's wizard father, Vade, along with Spite and Gunnar, an acerbic Ferran and a giant Slothan. A storm of cataclysmic proportions separates Lyra from her companions and she's trapped in a cave system full of sentient, evil hyena-people. She escapes, but accepts hospitality from the wrong person, and meets Kuroinu. Both of them are rescued by Trent's magic. Lyra is devastated when Trent is recaptured by his father, but it's not the only shock she'll receive. Lyara's new talents, learned on the journey, are going to come in handy for a battle she never expected to have to fight.
Apparently these books were written when Ursula Vernon was still in her teens, so <respect>. They show the development of the writer that is to come.
You can see (read?) proto-Clockwork Boys-esque stuff in this but it stands on its own. I finished it and IMMEDIATELY ordered the second book.
I would love to play in a D&D campaign with Kingfisher as DM. That would be awesome.