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Coronets and Steel
by Sherwood Smith
Daw, $7.99, 439pp
Release Date: September 6, 2011

Coronets and Steel begins a new series of fantasy/mystery/ supernatural romantic adventure. Aurelia Kim Murray {Kim} is a Grad student with a passion for fencing, ballet and history. She goes to Europe to track down her grandparents’ families after her grandmother went silent following a fever. Kim blew off her fencing team and international competition to chase the family history. As a result she ends up kidnapped, chased by two handsome noblemen and fighting for her life. This is not what she planned for her summer vacation.

Seeing ghosts wasn't my biggest problem, I was about to learn more about my lineage than I ever imagined possible in my wildest dreams or nightmares. My quiet life exploded into lines of succession and intrigue and some real questions about who do you trust.

This series gets off to wide-ranging fantasy adventure that doesn’t miss a base. What does a California graduate student who doesn't believe in ghosts, magic or vampires do when dumped into a country she didn't know existed, finds she is in the line of succession and is thrown into constant intrigue with little or no knowledge. But our heroine is not only well drawn but resourceful, a champion fencer, linguist and romantic. The plots are varied and fun, dialogue that is sharp and hooks you in to the fast moving plot. Can't ask for more except a continuation of the series... the second volume calls. This has something for everyone It’s a page turner and a keeper. Last one to the bookstore is a loser. ~~ Pam Allan

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