53. Marina and Sergey Dyachenko The Key to the Kingdom
07.03.2007 – 13.03.2007. A teenage fantasy about an ordinary girl from our world who is invited to go to a magic kingdom as a mage’s apprentice. Interesting enough, but I grew used to a much more… rich stuff published here as teenage fantasy. This book is just what it seems. Well-done, but…
54. Oksana Pankeeva The Road that Chose Us
30.03.2007. Seventh book in a series. I think it’s set up to finish on the eighth, and this book feels more thin than the previous ones. There’s rounding down going all around, and several characters I like behaving quite stupidly in the name of love (and male pride) which I dislike.
55. Caroline Stevermer Scholar of Magics
14.03.2007 – 11.04.2007. A lovely, unhurried story. I liked especially how Jane was developed here — a very independent person who doesn’t feel like a 21st century girl dropped into another time. But one thing kept bugging me — from the previous book I somehow had no sense at all that Greenlaw was in France, so here it was confusing to see that it was.
56. K.S. Latourette A History of Christianity
14.01.2007 – 18.04.2007. Necessarily a bit sketchy, to fit all this into one volume, but in general a useful book (though I found Middle Ages more interesting than further developments, but that may be because I have more of a background to imagine medieval happenings).
57. Carolly Erickson The First Elizabeth
18.04.2007 – 19.04.2007. Readable, but doesn’t feel trustworthy — seems she collected all the gossip about Elizabeth and made a great big heap of it.
58. A. L. Rowse Christopher Marlowe
19.04.2007 – 21.04.2007. I took this out of the library mostly because I am not well informed about Marlowe. But Rowse’s style and Rowse’s way to do biography also give a lot of entertainment.
59. Sarah Caudwell The Shortest Way to Hades
23.04.2007 – 24.04.2007. A reread to lift my mood — and it did help. Julia and Selena at the orgy especially never fail to make me smile.
60. Elizabeth Jenkins Elizabeth the Great
21.04.2007 – 25.04.2007. I cannot help comparing this one to Erickson. I am not entirely sure about the author’s main idea, about the influence of her father’s … style of solving marital problems not just on Elizabeth’s unwillingness to marry but also on her fear of actual sex — but at least she has an idea and is capable of arranging her narrative into some order. Also, lots of interesting details.
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