The Crucible in The Shifty Captive-”“You’ll prove your worth in the Crucible.”
3 out of 5
A subtle critique of fantastic literature instead of the outright satire. It’s a relief when happy ever after comes when magic passes out of the characters’ lives.
A magician’s library in The Shifty Captive-”These are grimoires of past masters and apprentices…”
3 out of 5
Ursula Le Guin did a good job worldbuilding the culture of the bisexual natives and the effects their environment and sexuality has on their culture. However, the protagonist’s First Contact procedures need to be ironed out to work for this book to work as more than mid-grade scifi. I find the fact he’s left on an alien planet with no proof he comes from another planet counterproductive to his attempts to establish diplomatic relations. How is he supposed to convince people he’s what he says he is and not crazy?
A Heart for Hubris is available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon.
Avenging goddess Nemesis administers the Olympian Gods’ judgments against mortals’ hubris. But things get complicated when divine favor interferes with her work. Not to mention the times when she’s moved to dispense tough love and severe mercy instead of punishment. This is a collection of her most troublesome cases.
It’s the last day to find out the secrets of the magic trade from a shifty magician for free on Kindle this month.