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Columbine’s Tale, by Rachel Nightingale

“Without stories, nothing makes sense.”

I think I’m in love with Luka – the Pierrot of the players – and I am very much looking forward to the third book in this fantastic (in all senses of the word) trilogy. It’s about the players of Litonya – actors who travel the land and whose acting disrupts the magical connection between humans and their stories, or their souls if you like.

Brave and unassuming Mina, searching for her lost brother and having gained knowledge of what has poisoned the acting world, must grow into her own powers in order to redress wrongs and rescue the future for creatives as well as the ordinary humans of Litonya.

If you like character development, adventure, magic, intrigue and brilliant world-building, this is for you. Myself, I’m reminded of Ben Aaronovitch’s ‘Rivers of London’ series; of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’; of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar stories; Robin Hobbs’ Liveships books; Katherine Kerr’s Deverry novels; and Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince series, among others.

When I look at that list, it’s clear that Rachel Nightingale can immerse her readers in a completely believable fantasy world with complex but easily understood rules, and that she writes characters of great charm, characters that readers will really care about.

More please! I need to find out how this story ends.

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