Tales of Elemental Spirits #1. Author: Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson. Summary: Seven tales describe magical beings that inhabit our waters. Some are familiar mer-people; some as strange as as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of the Great Desert Kalarsham, where the mad god Geljdreth rules; or the unknowable, immense Kraken, dark beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean, who will one day rise and rule the world. (Goodreads Summary) My Thoughts: I was kind of disappointed. The stories were fairly interesting, but they all felt just a little flat. Content Review: Sexual content: Girl comes upon her betrothed cheating on her: “Robert was lying there, with a very pretty girl. The very pretty girl had no clothes on.” Some kissing. Language: None Violence: Girl’s grief-ridden father falls into alcoholism, then beating her – this is told rather than shown. Sea-monster strikes boat and sinks it. Love Triangle: None.
The Immortals #1. Author: Tamora Pierce. Summary: Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself. My Thoughts: Daine is not as interesting as some of her stronger women warriors, and her magic with animals must be taken as a fantasy-world item; there is no effort made to make the animals realistic. However, it was a pleasant read, and I was glad that there was much less romance/innuendo than some of her other books. It seems almost younger. Content Review: Sexual content: One kiss on the cheek. Man flirts lightly with a girl. MC doesn’t know who her father is. Two married characters kiss. A married man flirts slightly with a girl, but his wife is present and knows he’s only friendly. Language: 2 derogatory names, some exclamations of ‘gods!’ and an interesting phrase – ‘odd’s bobs’….