WIR #35: Diplomacy of Wolves

Diplomacy of WolvesLisle, Holly. The Secret Texts, Book 1: Diplomacy of Wolves. New York: Warner Aspect. Copyright © 1998, by Holly Lisle.

Holly Lisle's web site: http://hollylisle.com/
Holly Lisle's blog: http://hollylisle.com/writingdiary2

Having finished Hope Mirrlees's fabulous Lud-in-the-Mist, I've now moved on to reading Holly Lisle's Diplomacy of Wolves. This is the first in a trilogy. I purchased the second in the trilogy many years ago, but only recently (within the past year or so) purchased the first and third volumes in the set. The first copy I bought was a trade paperback (9 x 6 x 0.9 inches / 22,8 x 15,2 x 2,2 cm); I wanted a matching set, and finding copies of the other books in trade paperback was, at the time, a little difficult (Amazon now carries the complete set in that sized paperback). I had to resort to my favourite source for hard-to-find books, AbeBooks. I've read the first two chapters of this volume already, and it's off to a roaring start.

The blurb reads:

For four hundred years, the great Houses of Sabir and Galweigh have battled for control of Calimekka — while each clan's wizards, the Wolves, plot in shadows to revive the hellish necromancies that once destroyed the world.

Now at her cousin's royal wedding to the decadent House Dokteerak, a young diplomat named Kait Galweigh discovers a Sabir plot to ambush the entire House Galweigh. Suddenly Kait must escape an alien citadel pursued by mortal and demonic assassins. Her only hope is a weapon she dares not use: for Kait was born with a power so cursed that her own people will kill her if her nature is discovered.

But unless Kait's deadly magic is unleashed, her mortal enemies will crush Calimekka in a reign of unholy horror . . .

Holly Lisle told me herself that when she wrote this trilogy, each book was written as a stand-alone novel. However, at her editor's request/insistence, the endings of the first two books were modified so that they ended with cliffhangers. She was assured that this tactic would increase sales. In retrospect, she was not convinced that the tactic worked.

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