I liked this book more than I liked the previous one - The Bloodletter's daughter, although there still were some turns of the story which sounded implausible. Why would a girl, who was almost killed by her cruel mistress try to sneak back into the castle and take care of the sick horse master, when she would be definitely killed if caught and he has enough people to take care of him? I also liked the way the past was interwoven with our time. But... There is a 'but' again. The premise was SO similar to Oliver Poetzsch's 'The Ludwig Conspiracy'... One thing I liked without any buts about it is the goth girl Daisy. Fantastic character! So I am kind of ambivalent on Linda Lafferty's books, but I am not giving up yet - I want to read 'the Drowning Guard' too.
#7 Bruce Mcbain: Roman Games
A mystery taking place in Ancient Rome. It was a good enough whodunnit, but I did not think either the story or the characters very memorable.
#8 Nick Rennison: Carver's Quest
That was a compulsive buy. At first I thought it would be an Indiana Jones type adventure. Then, after reading for a while, I decided it was a murder mystery. Then it turned into the adventure again. I found it a bit slow going at times. Also, Adam himself comes across as rather insipid and also unbelievably slow. The rest, with the exception of Quint, are almost caricatures. Not sure I liked that one.