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09:25 pm: Half A Crown by Jo Walton
This is the last piece of the Small Change trilogy. I reviewed Farthing and Ha'penny.

This is the most closely intense book of the three. The chapters alternate Carmichael, now head of The Watch, with his ward, Elvira, whom he's sent to school and is now being readied to be presented to the Queen. London is preparing for a global peace conference and someone has let the Duke of Windsor back into the country. It appears that the Duke is fomenting rebellion and Carmichael's enemies take this opportunity to hit him via Elvira and his man, Jack. There are some very scary periods and a surprising ending. This whole trilogy is highly recommended.



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Date:November 19th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
One of the more pleasant elements of the trilogy has been the references to significant personalities of the times who have played central, if disguised, roles in the novels. In Farthing it was the Cliveden Set. In Ha'penny, it was the Mitford Sisters. In Half a Crown it's Guy Burgess, in transparent disguise, as Foreign Secretary.
Date:November 23rd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I just finished it last night. They're so good, but I don't know whether I can bear to read them again, and squeeze my mind into that tight awful space.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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Date:November 23rd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I have so many new books that I don't reread as much as I'd like to, so I suspect they'll be okay when I read them again.
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