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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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30 Day Book Meme - Day 7
Day 07 – Most underrated book

One of my favorite books is Bujold's The Spirit Ring. This is another book with engineering in it, though engineering of magic items. Our heroes save the day by figuring out how to scale up a spell intended for a ring to an eight foot high statue. After lots of adventure, action, and romance, of course. It's a YA work--protagonist is a teenage girl suddenly orphaned and trying to survive in a world turned upside down--but I love it.

Naturally I urged it on my eleven year old daughter. She abandoned it halfway through because the villain killed a cat. The viewpoint character has lost her father, first love interest, and lots of random friends and neighbors at that point. Then there's an offhand mention of a stray cat being sacrificed and she declares it too violent. Shows what her priorities are. :)

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