Author: Tamora Pierce
Summary: A series of short stories mostly set in the fantasy country of Tortall and its surrounding areas.
Gut reaction: Girls, magic, religion, inner strength
Why: Tamora Pierce, as always, writes about magical girls and inner strength. She also touches on religion and acceptance this time, with a religion that’s clearly Islam under another name and some social pressure thrown in. A few stories are continuations of her previous novels. She’s a good writer, but not the best. I think she handled the Islam stories very well, but I’m not Muslim, so I can’t say much on her accuracy. Also, for once she wrote from a male perspective, and that, too, ended up well.
Who would like this book: Tamora Pierce fans, feminists, fantasy/magic fans. I enjoyed it.