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Wild Card

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wild Card (2014) Lisa Shearin

wild-cardThis short story is an introduction to Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series.

I fully admit that despite being elves and goblins and not set in this world, I like it. Probably because it was a PI story, so the world building gets to take second place to the mystery. But also because everything is close enough that you don’t need huge explanations as to how things work and things have normal names (like coffee).

Raine Benares is an elven Seeker, which sounds pretty much like what it is: she finds things. She comes from a family of pirates but keeps herself mostly on the straight-and-narrow (at least as long as local law enforcement is concerned).

When a goblin Lady asks her to retrieve her jewelry–stolen by her no-good husband, who substituted paste for the real gems–things immediately get complicated.

This was a fun little story–well crafted and I didn’t need any familiarity with the books to get the story.
Rating: 7/10

Published by NLA Digital LLC

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