The Grass King's Concubine
Kari Sperring's first novel was a finalist for the Crawford Award, a Tiptree Award Honor Book, a LOCUS Recommended First Novel, and the winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Now she returns to the same amazing and atmospheric world with an entirely new story set several hundred... show more
Kari Sperring's first novel was a finalist for the Crawford Award, a Tiptree Award Honor Book, a LOCUS Recommended First Novel, and the winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Now she returns to the same amazing and atmospheric world with an entirely new story set several hundred years after the earth-shaking events of Living With Ghosts. When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow - the realm of the Grass King - and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner, and demand she either restore the king's concubine... or replace her.
Publish date: August 7th 2012
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
I first came across Kari Sperring at WorldCon, back in 2014 when it was in London, and after hearing her on a couple of panels I made a mental note to get hold of her books - sadly, The Grass King's Concubine is one of only two novels she's published to date (the other being her first novel, Living ...
I am used to fantasy novels and Regency romances that star wealthy nobles and royals who have tragic pasts and presents and yet still, are afforded a great deal of respect by virture of their fortunate birth. And no one ever ponders where the money for noble Lord So&So's splendid balls, or feisty o...
There are some great lines in this book and some great moments of description. Sperring has a knack for taking you into the world that you are reading about.So why did I stop?I got to page 130 and still felt absolutely no connection with the characters. I couldn't stand the time changes that came ou...
So, when I saw "The.." I was like, uh-huh. And then "Grass..." And then I was like, uh, okay, grass. And then I saw "King.." and I was like, oooh, Medieval? And then I saw "concubine" and I was like, ahkodfajh;lfsdjflajfjassjfda I love the title omgggg. It just makes a want-to-read-er itch with curi...
The Review:The first time I heard about this book was when Kari Sperring read from it at Eurocon in 2010. I have waited for it to be released ever since. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes.The setting felt believable. In fact, at times it felt like I was reading a historical fantasy. Because whi...