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Contents: 901 recs in 208 fandoms; 64 links

Chalion series

A clear glass window, at a sea dawn by Lionpyh

'It is a perpetual irritation to divines of the Bastard that it is not possible to blaspheme against him. He has already thought of all the rude things one might instruct him to do. He would cheerfully do them. He minces one's oaths before one has got to them. He reduces one to the depths of decency.' Luscious prose & deliciously detailed world-building characterise this satisfying Umegat-centric novelette. Lovely!

[Added 10/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

Communion of Saints by Rthstewart

'There were the usual disdainful looks at her rustic table manners but Clara was too hungry to pretend to be ascetic and she wolfed down several hard biscuits softened with goat cheese and honey.' In this triptych, Rthstewart creates rounded & engaging characters from minors & OCs to illustrate the travails & joys of being a saint

[Added 13/08/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]

Life, stripped of all luxuries by Keerawa

'Moved by some obscure impulse, Cazaril rummaged through his saddle bags and pulled out the volume of classic Brajarn verse he'd carried with him for the past two decades. Its well-thumbed pages held many fond memories. And the potential for scores of fire arrows.' The careful structure of this vignette counterpoints the increasing chaos of life during the siege of Gotorget, and Keerawa's affection for the characters helps to keep the grimness at bay

[Added 06/08/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Chalion series]