Another of my rare forays into sci-fi. Although this particular book is not all that far from a fantasy quest. Seer Taak is searching for the rumoured network of wormholes, guarded by an old and mysterious race, the Dwellers, from the rest of the Universe, while cruel invaders threaten his home system. I must say, the leader of the invaders was a bit of a flop. A friend of mine was actually put off the novel by the rather graphic description of his cruelties in the first chapter, but in the end, I felt, that "gun" did not truly fire.
#18 Philip Kazan: Appetite .
15th century Florence. Young Nino perceives the world via taste, and so he wants to become a cook. He also wants to marry Tessina, but she is married off to an old rich man instead and it takes many years and adventures before Nino gets his desire. On the way he will serve Lorenzo Medici and Alexander Borgia and meet many famous painters of his day. A very enjoyable book, not to be read on an empty stomach.
#19 Martin Jensen: Oathbreaker (The King's Hounds Series)
Another medieval mystery in the monastery. This time in the reign of king Cnut. An entertaining read.