Sleeps With Monsters: Tanya Huff’s A PEACE DIVIDED

A new column over at Tor.com:

Tanya Huff’s A Peace Divided is the second novel in her new space opera series, set in the same universe as her Valor novels, and starring former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr. The war is over, but that’s just released a lot of well-trained, battle-scarred survivors back into the general population. Someone with the appropriate training and mindset to deal with violence needs to be part of civilian law enforcement, and as it turns out, Torin Kerr and her crew of (mostly) former Marine misfits are reasonably well-suited to the demands of the job.

Recently arrived review copies

Note to self: do not photograph books with reddish covers against the reddish rug. This is bad strategy.

Seven? Seven.

Seven? Seven.

Courtesy of DAW Books (which reminds me that I must get in touch with the nice person at DAW Books who has been sending me things to thank them, and perhaps make one or two more specific requests), Jacey Bedford’s CROSSWAYS and Phyllis Ames’ FROZEN IN AMBER.

Courtesy of Angry Robot Books, Alyc Helms’ THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN, Danielle L. Jensen’s HIDDEN HUNTRESS, Ishbelle Bee’s THE CURIOUS TALE OF THE BUTTERFLY GIRL, and Susan Murray’s THE WATERBORNE BLADE and WATERBORNE EXILE.

Jim C. Hines’ UNBOUND (DAW, 2015)

I received this as an ARC from the publisher and read it a sufficient number of weeks ago that my memory of the details is rather fuzzy. It’s the third book in Hines’ Magic ex Libris series, sequel to Codex Born, and the general level of peril has ramped right up.

Isaac Vainio has lost his magic and most of his connections, but he’s still determined to fight the good fight. There’s some decent treatment of Isaac being depressed in this book, and more exploration of his interesting poly relationship with Lena Greenwood and Nidhi Shah. Mostly it is fun stuff and explosions.

Lots of fun stuff. I remember this book made me happy, and when I was reading it, that was very important to me. Well, it still is, but less urgently so.

I like Hines’ work, generally. This book I’m not sure I like enough to pay hardcover prices for, but I would definitely lay out for the paperback if I didn’t have this ARC.

This is not a review. It’s more of a ramble. Nice book. *pets*