So I just finished reading all my Ann Logston books:
Wild Blood is the only one I’ve read before, about two or three years ago. It’s a little simplistic, told from the point of view of an immature half-elf and her human-seeming twin brother. The two of them are destined to make advantageous marriages binding human and elven civilization closer together. Needless to say, the main character, Ria, is not thrilled with these plans.
I believe there is a book preceding this one called Greendaughter, but these four books are the only ones I’ve found by Logston. The point being, some of the background is inferred.
It’s a cute little book, but it’s definitely missing some meat. At barely over 200 pages, I finished it in a day, and didn’t feel completely satisfied.
Shadow Dance is set in the same worldscape, but a few hundred years in the future. There are two books before this one that I haven’t read, but it was fairly easy to follow the already established characters. Shadow is an elf thief, pressed into service by the Queen to find a cure for a sickness called the Crimson Plague that has struck the city suddenly. She travels with two other elves who are her friends, the Princess Heir, and a man from another species called the Kresh. He came in search of a settlement of his people, and the party heads into a dire swamp in search of them and a cure.
It was all right, but again, Logston is apparently fond of short books, because this one also barely tops 200. It may be that I’ve become too used to big 400-500 page novels, but these little novellas leave my expectations unfulfilled. The stories just aren’t fleshed out enough.
Dagger’s Point follows Shadow Dance, with one book that I don’t have in between them. It’s about Jael, the daughter of the Princess Heir, (now Queen) from Shadow Dance, and the Kresh warrior that she knew for a short time. Jael and her plucky thief companion Tanis set out to find her father and get him and his people to fix her. The Kresh are born without souls, which are given to them at adolescence, but Jael, being mixed, is just missing a piece. This causes magic to go awry, and her various abilities to work incorrectly and sporadically.
I just couldn’t get into it. I read the first couple chapters, then skipped to the end. It was a little too slow to start, and the main character just wasn’t likable to me.
Waterdance is set in a completely different world, and I’m not sure if there are other books in the series or not. But for a short book, (as usual) it throws a lot of backstory pieces in without enough explanation, and progresses very quickly. A little too quickly, with travel time taking two or three days, where it felt like it should have taken a week or more. The main character, Peri, is actually very likable, a bit of a wild child but with more maturity to her voice then Logston’s other young characters, Ria and Jael.
But again, I come back to the same grind: it was just too short. The ending was wrapped up much too neatly, where there was an opportunity to add more depth to the story. And I’ve read books just as short that were satisfying, so I think it’s just her writing style, a little too bare. I’d recommend Ann Logston books for a commute read or on your lunch hour, but there’s just not enough to her books to fulfill a need for a good book.
Currently Reading: Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs