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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace or at the lake, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Crisped + Sere (Immemorial Year, #2)Crisped + Sere by T.J. Klune
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crisped + Sere picks up where Withered + Sere left us, and I was immediately swept back into the bleak and terrible world Cavalo and Lucas inhabit. In twenty-one days, the leader of the Dead Rabbits, Patrick, will return for Lucas, and Cavalo has choices to make.

These characters are complex, and hurt, and yet even in their broken state, they have a powerful beauty. Their imperfections keep them human in a setting where it is all too easy to lose sight of one's humanity, as the Dead Rabbits have done. Even Patrick, nemesis and villain, has moments of clarity, when his humanity surfaces. It only magnifies his darkness, but it also makes him believable. The relationship between Cavalo and Lucas isn't tender, but it is love, as close to it as either of them could bear, anyway, and perhaps it's even redemption. I want to think so, for their sake.

I am in awe of the skill with which TJ Klune portrays this world, and its flawed, magnificent inhabitants. These are books I will read again, and I know I will find new things each time I do so. I recommend this book, and the prior book, without reservation.

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