Sunday, June 5

Book Review: Quatrain

Title: Quatrain

Author: Sharon Shinn

Pages: 341

Summary: Collection of Short Stories, Flight, Blood, Gold, Flame

To be chosen as the lover of an angel is the highest honor in Samaria, but Salome knows the hidden dangers of such a life. . . .

As a gulden man, nothing is more important to Kerk than race and pride - except the prospect of finding his long-lost mother. . . .

One the eve of war, Crown Princess Zara is sent to the kingdom of Alora for safekeeping. But the magical realm and its people have their own seductive perils. . . .

In the world of the Twelve Houses, Senneth can make fire do her bidding, but when she exposes her gift in a small town, her power alone is enough to condemn her. . .

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall the stories were enjoyable reads, I liked the small glimpses of the different worlds - and peoples/races in the stories. The author is very creative in this regard, and for Blood and Flame, I would like to learn more about the races in the book, and read more stories about them.

I enjoyed Flame, but felt it needed to be a longer story, it felt rushed, and parts left out. Blood and Gold had a few questions unanswered, and I would read more stories about them, but I felt in both cases the story was finished off, some questions left unanswered, but I was satisfied with the ending.

Gold was interesting, but wasn't fantastic, I felt that Princess Zara could have used some work, she was the typical spoiled princess, so I found it hard to get into the story at first, because of her character.
The only one I disliked was Flight. I'd rather not have read that on at all - I didn't like the story, characters or plot, and felt that some characters were cookie-cutter characters - the archangel is one example. The story just didn't work for me, and was glad that it was a short one.

I'd have to say my favourite was probably Blood, and I hope there are other stories based on the world it took place in. I'd also read more stories based on the worlds in Gold and Flame.

Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoy fantasy, and would like some short stories to read than I would. There's some interesting stories in here, but the book isn't the best choice for non-fantasy fans.

What to read next: Some of the short stories are based off realms etc the author has written in other books, so that would be a good place to start.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Spring Reading Thing,


  1. Since I haven't read that much fantasy, I think that this might be an interesting collection for me to try. It sounds like the individual stories met with varying success with you, and I am wondering how I would feel about them. Great review, as usual :)!

  2. Zibilee - If you don't like Fantasy, this is for you. It almost borders on magical realism and folk lore, so it make for a good read, if you want to dip into fantasy, as oppose to dive in head first. I think you would really enjoy the book.