Sharon Shinn: Quatrain

by Sharon Shinn


Rating: 5 stars

This book is a set of four novellas which are set in four separate, but already existing, worlds. The first one is set in Samaria (book series starts with Archangel), the second is in the same universe as her stand-along novel Heart of Gold, the third is a sequel to my all-time favorite Summers at Castle Auburn, and the fourth is set in her Twelve Houses universe (book series starts with Mystic and Rider). The only one of these worlds I hadn’t visited before was Samaria, but after this novella, I’m sold. I’ll be picking up that series at some point in the future, as well as re-reading at least some of the books from the other worlds.

While these four stories take place in radically different worlds, a lot of little details tie them together. For instance, the titles roughly correspond to the four elements; all four open with an almost identical sentence. And a few other things like that. If I could have managed it, I’d have made each story the same number of words, but that proved to be impossible! I loved revisiting my old worlds, and the collection was a lot of fun to write.

-Sharon Shinn, from her website

My favorite of these stories is “Gold,” the one set in the Summers at Castle Auburn world, which should surprise no one since that book is a comfort read favorite of mine. The other stories all made me want to delve back into their worlds, though. I’m particularly interested in the Samaria series now. I hadn’t read anything set there before because it looked too political for my tastes, but having read this novella I think I’d probably like the series a lot more than I originally thought.

Goodreads Summary:

Four original novellas, all set in the fantastical worlds of national bestselling author Sharon Shinn. [Her] Twelve Houses books have fascinated readers and critics alike with their irresistible blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now in Quatrain, she weaves compelling stories in four of the worlds that readers love in Flight, Blood, Gold and Flame.

4 thoughts on “Sharon Shinn: Quatrain

  1. I have to admit that I never read the Samaria series because I apparently have a bias against angel stories. I just went back to read the synopsis and I just can’t do it. I hope ye enjoy them though and write a post to tell me about it.
    x The Captain

    1. If I read (and like) them, I will certainly write a post about them! I don’t normally do angel stories either, so it’s a really good thing that I only figured out what the novella was about when I’d committed to reading it. 😉

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