Archive for January, 2010

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemen – These Three Remain


by Pamela Aidan

Book 3 of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemen series.

Darcy’s annual visit to his Aunt Lady Catherine De Bourgh is due.  He is still struggling to distract himself from the unacceptable attractions of the lovely Elizabeth Bennet and so embarks on the visit to his Aunt accompanied by his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Believing the visit will help him beat his affliction, he is both mortified and exultant to find Elizabeth Bennet staying at the home of his aunt’s clergyman.  When he succumbs to his affections and unsuccessfully proposes to Elizabeth he is again faced with the challenge of forgetting her.  Returning to his home and his sister, Darcy battles the dark clouds that have enveloped him.  With help from his family, friends and the bollocking administered by Elizabeth he emerges as the gentleman he should have always been.  A chance encounter with Elizabeth gives Darcy opportunity to show her how he has strived to change and renew his addresses but something else descends to prevent their union.. he old enemy George Wickham.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Pamela Aidan.  She has been faithful to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and offered up an entertaining look into the life of Mr Darcy both with and away from Elizabeth Bennet.  His heart and mind revealed, his struggles laid out.  I recommend it to any fan of Austen.

Posted on 21 January '10 by , under Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews, Romance. 6 Comments.

Labyrinth of Fire – book review


by Keith Robinson

The second book in the Island of Fog series.  Island of Fog was probably my favourite read for 2009.  I love that it was such a great book and it was Keith Robinson’s debut novel.   So in my world that makes it special.

Labyrinth of Fire continues the story of 12yo Hal and his friends as they settle into their new home and their new ‘world’.  They aren’t given long to adjust when they are sent on their first ‘errand’ on behalf of the people who created them.  All the kids are still stretching their ‘alter-ego’ muscles, getting to know themselves as the magical creatures they can shapeshift into.  Hal especially is feeling ill-prepared and is worried that he may have been brought into the new world too early.  Despite looking, feeling, smelling and breathing fire like a dragon,  he still can’t fly.  

A village in a volcanic area is being attacked by harpies and dragons.  The kids are sent to negotiate with their ‘kind’ to stop the attacks.  They have to discover much more about themselves in order to succeed and secure the protection of the humans.

Keith Robinson has a wonderful easy writing style that never slows you up.  I was shocked how quickly I read the first book and am equally so with this one.  Labyrinth of Fire is well written, exciting and absorbing.  I am thoroughly confused as to who the kids can trust and am very anxious to read the third installment.  It is great entertainment for both children and adults.

Thank you Keith Robinson.

Posted on 4 January '10 by , under Childrens fiction, Reviews, SciFi/Fantasy, Young Adult. 2 Comments.