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.
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.
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.