Fate’s Edge -Ilona Andrews

Audrey Callahan belongs to a family of con artists in the Weird, but she’s gotten out. However, when her brother gets into some trouble, she agrees to one last heist with her father, to take care of him – then she’s done with her family for good.

Unfortunately, that heist puts her in the path of some very bad people, as well as Kaldar Mar – cousin of Cerise Mar- the main character in the last Edge book. Kaldar very quickly realizes that he needs Audrey’s help to get to the bottom of the can of worms stirred up by the heist.

I love that George and Jack are back in this book – it’s nice to see them in teenhood – between the events of On the Edge, and when they later show up adults in the Innkeeper series – definitely helps explain why they end up where they are when the events of the Innkeeper series happen.

It’s a good solid heist book, and Audrey and Kaldar are a fun romance, though I think the romances in the two prior books of this series were better – this one hurries along a bit too fast.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This book is set in the Grishaverse, but definitely comes across as grittier than the books in the Shadow and Bone series – those are more fairy tales. This is a heist book.

Kaz Brekker has been given the heist opportunity of a lifetime, and each member of the crew he assembles has good reason to want the amount of money they’ll be swimming in if they manage to pull things off.

The story was really well done, but I found this one harder to read than the previous books. It somehow managed to be way darker. (I do maintain that I’m dealing way less well with dark this year than in the past.) I had to pause several times while reading this before I could push my way through again. It really has been a weird reading year.

Garden Notes

I pulled the peppers and tomatoes out today. We’ve had frost locally, but the driveway is such a sheltered micro climate that it hasn’t touched those yet. So they’ve still been ripening, even if the plants aren’t looking the best because they have been feeling the cold.

We’ve got something in the works that is probably going to keep us pretty busy on weekends through the end of November. Since the community garden plot is still producing greens, and it also has things I need to do to it with dates attached, I decided it would be better to get as much cleaned up here as possible so I knew I could devote any free time to the other plot. So I might have left the peppers and tomatoes in in another year, but out they went today. The herbs are at least still going strong.

Knitting Notes

I’ve decided to make this the socks for Moms Christmas. Made a pair for my mother, so I’m moving on to my MIL. This is Joshaqan by Hunter Hammersen. I’m using Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino in a nice autumny mixed colorway.

Winter of the Gods – Jordanna Max Brodsky

We’re back in New York City with the modern version of the Greek gods. Selene Desilva (Artemis) and her human partner, Theo Shultz, get thrust right back into the middle of some ritual murders. This time, we find out a sect is trying to resurrect the god Mithras, by killing the other older gods.

I did see the identity twist in this one coming, though I had started to doubt myself right around the time I suddenly got my confirmation. And I’m not quite sure what to think of the various threads of romances – they make sense to a degree, given the source material, but I’m just not sure everything works. Still, very interested to see how this ends in the final book of the trilogy.

Knitting Notes

Pattern: Gordes by Hunter Hammersen

Yarn: Yarn: Swans Island Ikat Collection Watercolors in the Indigo Beetroot colorway

Needles: Size 2.5 DPNs

The Gordes socks are done. (And this damn new block editor is not letting me format this entry like I want, and the spacing looks terrible, but I’ve run out of spoons to want to fix it.)

Anywho, really enjoyed the pattern – it’s just complicated not to be boring, but still made good tv knitting. The yarn was lovely too.