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Kari Sperring

Kari SperringKari Maund is a British writer who has a Ph.D. in mediaeval British history with a specialisation is early mediaeval Wales. She writes fantasy under the penname Kari Sperring and her main influences are J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexandre Dumas. She lives in Cambridge, England with her partner and cats. There’s a pronunciation guide for her books at Kari Sperring’s website.

Living with Ghosts: Mixed reviews

Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring

It took me a long time to get through Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring. As a fantasy novel, it meets all the requirements in terms of the setting, the use of magic and the plot. I think that it took so long because I had a hard time getting into any of the characters, and for me that is essential to my enjoyment of a book.

Gracielis is a gigolo. He is well-mannered, good-looking and seemingly omnisexual in his willingness and ability to become attractive to anyone. Gracielis’ history is actually quite interesting. He is a failed novice of a group of assassin-sorcerer-priests who spend years training to become the ultimate blend of lover and killer. The process is only loosely depicted, but it’s something to ponder, and it’s interesting to imagine what could be created out of a blend of complete conviction, extreme skill and magic.

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More fantasy novels by Kari Sperring

fantasy book reviews Kari Sperring The Grass King's ConcubineThe Grass King’s Concubine — (2012) Publisher: Kari Sperring’s first novel was a finalist for the Crawford Award, a Tiptree Award Honor Book, a LOCUS Recommended First Novel, and the winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Now she returns to the same amazing and atmospheric world with an entirely new story set several hundred years after the earth-shaking events of Living With Ghosts. When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow — the realm of the Grass King — and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner, and demand she either restore the king’s concubine… or replace her.