Coronets and Steel

Coronets and Steel

Book - 2010
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In this new fantasy series, a young woman takes her own destiny by the hand-and the hilt.

California girl Kim Murray is unsatisfied with grad school and restless in life. Modern men disappoint her, and she studies ballet and fencing because they remind her of older, more romantic times.

She lives with her parents and her beloved but secretive aristocratic grandmother, who speaks only French and refuses to share stories about the mysterious family she left behind in Europe, inspiring Kim to travel there and find her roots.

Kim soon finds herself swept up in an adventure of fantastic deceptions and passionate intrigue-and a shocking realization about her own bloodline that leaves her reeling.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780756406424
9780756406851
Branch Call Number: SMIT
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 24 cm

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JCBunnell
Jan 29, 2014

I *was* delighted with this novel. It's an ingenious and entertaining riff on several genres at once -- "Prisoner of Zenda" swashbucklers (up to and including the perfect-double complications), modern romantic suspense (fans of Elizabeth Peters should be wholly charmed), and lightly drawn contemporary fantasy (the fantastical elements are subtle but cleverly developed).

What it isn't is a category YA novel, though nothing in it should shock Smith's many YA readers. Like her other books from DAW, this is aimed at a general audience and should be reviewed as such.

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RebeccaI
Jun 26, 2011

After having been delighted with Smith's other offerings in the YA genre, I was rather disappointed with her latest work.
The plot meandered along and it was extremely difficult for me to empathize with the characters. Rather too many cliches employed, and I was surprised by some of the rather "adult" situations Kim found herself in, considering that the books I'd read before were free of such tedious scenes.
Perhaps the next book will be an improvement on the first, but I'm in no hurry to find out.

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