Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Review: Live in Brass - Seanan McGuire

For Dianda Lorden, rulership was inevitable. She was born to the regent's seat, born to protect and care for her people. Loneliness was also inevitable, especially once her father swam off to warmer waters, leaving her to rule over Saltmist alone.

For a moment, she thought she might have found the potential for happiness with Patrick Lorden...until even that was snatched away. Or was it?

Dianda's side of her engagement ball.

February 2018 Patreon story.

October Daye Series:
In Little Stars (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Rosemary and Rue
A Local Habitation
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses
Through This House (Short story in the Home Improvement: Undead Edition anthology)
One Salt Sea
In Sea-Salt Tears (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Ashes of Honor
Rat-Catcher (Free short story available on the Lightspeed Magazine website)
No Sooner Met (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Chimes at Midnight
Never Shines the Sun (Short story included in the print version of Chimes at Midnight)
Forbid the Sea (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Stage of Fools (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Voice of Lions (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Act of Hares (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Instruments of Darkness (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
With Honest Trifles (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
In Deepest Consequence (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Winter Long
Heaps of Pearl (Free short story available on Seanan's website)
Shore to Shore (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Write in Water (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Live in Brass (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
The Fixed Stars (Free short story available on the Baen website)
A Red-Rose Chain
Full of Briars (Short story)
Once Broken Faith
Dreams and Slumbers (Short story included in Once Broken Faith)
The Brightest Fell
Of Things Unknown (Short story included in The Brightest Fell)
These Antique Fables (Short story available to purchase through Patreon)
Night and Silence (2018)
When Sorrows Come (2019)

Visit Seanan McGuire's website for more information

Review:
Live in Brass is a short story from Dianda's point of view that can be purchased from Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page. She posts a short story there every month, some standalone but a lot linked to her October Daye series, and you can receive them for as little as $1 each (there are other perks available for higher amounts but $1 is the minimum). We've had quite a few October Daye world stories now both from Patrick and Tybalt's points of view, these stories aren't essential reading but they all give us background information into some of our favourite characters and I'd highly recommend them to fans of the series.

If you've read the January Patreon story, Write in Water, then you'll recognise some of the events in this story except this time we see them from Dianda's POV instead of Patrick's. This gives us a nice glimpse into her life in Undersea and then takes us on land as she goes to a party King Gilad is holding in her honour. Although we've seen some of these events before I really enjoyed the chance to see Dianda's side of the big misunderstanding she has with Patrick. I think these two are adorable together and I love that Seanan McGuire is slowly filling in the details of their romance with these short stories. It's nice to get a glimpse of other familiar characters too, although some of that is a little bittersweet if you're a fan of the series because you'll already know what happens to them further down the line.

Source: Purchased

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