Anyway, I need more people on my flist to read these books so that I can talk about them with someone, rather than just flailing by myself in the corner! There's really no limit to the awesome that is contained in these books -- wonderful female (and male) characters; deep friendships and found family; loyalty and bravery; hurt, and comfort, of both the emotional and physical sort; tragedy and betrayal; the thrill of discovery; the wonder of science and magic, and the odd intersections of the two; edge-of-your-seat adventure; mysteries that you get to figure out along with the characters; alien life that is truly alien. These books capture the wonder of traveling to new horizons, and the comfort of settling down with close friends for good conversation. I don't think I've discovered a new series that I've loved this much, or that's contained so many of my favorite things all in one place, in years.
If you read these, you definitely want to start with the first and read them in order, since they build on each other, and seemingly inconsequential clues dropped in earlier books become important later on. The books are:
- The Steerswoman's Road (omnibus edition collecting The Steerswoman and The Outskirter's Secret, which are apparently out of print)
- The Lost Steersman
- The Language of Power
So far my very favorite has been The Outskirter's Secret (second half of The Steerswoman's Road), with The Lost Steersman a close second. But really, they've all been captivating. So if you're looking for a good book that includes any of the above list of awesome things, you may want to give these a try! And meanwhile, I will be clinging sadly to Amazon.com, waiting for a new one to appear ...