This cover stinks in so many ways. Pretend I haven't shown it to you. I have a vague feeling that I saw this book in the store when it first came out, and felt ill.
But I am open to overcoming cover sickness, with persuasion. And so here I am, writing a quick post to say that Angie, of Angieville, was right to recommend Resenting the Hero (2006) and, presumably, its sequels (although I haven't read them yet. I will be). Lovely character driven fantasy, where the interplay between male main character and female main character is front and center, and both are extraordinarily interesting people, and the clashes of their personalities and suspicious not knowing what to make of each other -ness sweep the reader along in a fascinating world with a very different and most intriguing kind of magic!
The plot did kind of fall apart for me toward the end, because I think that some people should have been acting more than just a tad differently than they were, under the circumstances. But I didn't much care, because Taro and Lee were rocking my world in the lovely escapist way that a working mother with a decrepit house sometimes needs more than anything else....(or the stressed teenager--I would have loved this back then too!).
I just went back and re-read Angie's review of the first book. It is surprisingly ungushing--positive, but not glowing. However, by the time she gets to the sixth book (reviewed earlier this month), her enthusiasm is apparent to the meanest intelligence!
It's so nice to have five lovely books waiting for me to enjoy them. Thanks Angie!