Thursday, April 9, 2009

Poll Time!!

So, I have no idea what I want to read next. After I finish Highland Scoundrel by Monica McCarty (which won't be too long!) I need to finish A Rhyming History of Britain and then, no clue. So, until then I'm leaving it up to you! I'll be posting a poll above my books read meter on the left of my page. And so that you don't have to go searching around, trying to figure out what all these books are about, I'm going to post cover images and synopsis'. So! Here we go!

The Spanish Bride by Lurien Gardner
Her name was Catherine. For over two decades, she was Queen of England, until her failure to bear the king a son, her advancing age, and King Henry VIII's obsession with Anne Boleyn cost Catherine the crown, her marriage, and her life. This is her story, told from the point of view of Estrella de Montoya, her trusted maid of honor, who traveled from Spain to England with her, and witnessed the triumphs and tragedies of her amazing life.

Last Prince of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn
The history of Ireland is studded with tragedies, but none is more poignant, or more decisive, than the battle of Kinsale. There the Gaelic nobility who held sway over Ireland for two thousand years were finally and resolutely crushed by the English invaders. There would follow four hundred years of English domination.
The Last Prince is Donal Cam O'Sullivan, still determined after the battle not to surrender his homeland. He flees with his clan toward an inland stronghold, as the Gaelic nation is ripped apart not only by war but by the seeds of betrayal planted by the English, whose powerful bribes turn brother against brother. The awesome saga of Donal Cam and his clan's winter journey is a powerful vision of honor and betrayal, pride and desperation. Morgan Llywelyn captures the heart of the Irish struggle to survive.

The Misenchanted Sword by Lawernce Watt-Evans

The old wizard wasn't exactly happy with Valder, who'd led his enemy to his hut. Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed. But he'd promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines — and a much enchanted sword Valder would get!The resulting sword gave perfect protection — sometimes! It could kill any man — or even half demon. In fact, once drawn, it had to kill before it could be put down or sheathed.Army wizards told Valder that the sword would keep him alive until he'd drawn it 100 times; then it would kill him! It wouldn't prevent his being wounded, maimed or cut to pieces, but it wouldn't let him die. If his new job as Chief Assassin for the army didn't make him use up the spell, he'd be practically immortal.Not bad, it seemed. There had to be a catch somewhere.There was — and it was a lulu!

A Death in the Family by James Agee

Published in 1957, two years after its author's death at the age of forty-five, A Death in the Family remains a near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident—a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family. A novel of great courage, lyric force, and powerful emotion, A Death in the Family is a masterpiece of American literature.

Godforsaken by Steven Shrewsbury
In 59 AD, as the Celt horde on Anglesey succumbs to Roman aggression, war goddess Fey grants Lucan Mac Aliester his wish—life. Lucan soon discovers that it is not his Druidic people the bargain elevates, but himself. He receives not only great strength and a command over wolves, but the ability to see through the eyes of ravens. But what is the genuine motive for the bequest of Fey? This chronicle tells of Lucan's bloody journey from chieftain to the deified leader of a new barbarian race. Through Gaul, to the Roman arena, ruins of Babylon, the Garden of Eden, the temple of Ashtaroth and ultimately, into the abode of the frost giants, Lucan discovers the burden of what he is—a god.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Meggie's father Mo has an interesting talent: when he reads aloud, things, and sometimes people, come out of their stories and into the real world! But now the evil Capricorn wants to use Mo's talents to bring himself great wealth and power. Then Meggie discovers that maybe Mo isn't the only one who can read things to life. This is an enchanting story full of adventure, suspense, and magic. The characters are vivid and delightful. Unlike many books for younger readers there is a distinct emphasis on the importance of family as seen in the close relationship between Meggie and her father. Unfortunately the author does include several instances of mild profanity which seems totally unnecessary in a children's book and is perhaps the biggest detractor from the story. Lightly magical, humorous, and fun, Inkheart will appeal to those who like adventure and fantasy, and to anyone who ever wished a story could come to life.


  1. Darn! I should have read all the book blurbs before I voted. No wonder you are having a hard time deciding. There are three that pulled me in. The Last Prince of Ireland. the Misenchanted Sword and A death in the family. On top of that, I think you would love Ink Heart!
    Where did you find all these great titles?
    Good luck with your choice.

  2. Ink Heart! or The Spanish Bride 8)


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