At long last, I have persuaded the group to try a book by one of my favorite authors: Brandon Sanderson. Warbreaker uses a magical system based upon color, which I think is unique in the Fantasy genre. It also features a reanimated zombie squirrel and a sword with a burning desire to kill things. Our second read is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, set in the world of writing.
They are now both on the Nooks.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to find a letter on her steps. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history.
While pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Since she was born, Vivenna has been raised to marry the God-King Susebron who rules the city of Hallandren. Siri has always been surplus to requirements and has been able to do as she wanted.
Lightsong is uneasy, not knowing why he is a God or what he is really meant to do with his powers. Vasher is a gruff man with his own goals, condemned to carry Nightblood, an evil sword that can talk and really, really enjoys killing people. Vasher is also adept at manipulating Breath, the magical currency of this world where color, magic and life are intrinsically linked together.