Synopses & Reviews
When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they're wielding a guitar and a dragon.
The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine's dire prediction, Charlotte "Charlie" Gale turns to the family for help.
But Allie is unavailable because the universe seems determined to have her produce the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son of a Gale. And the Aunties can't help because they're tied to the earth although they are happy to provide their delicious, trademark pies. And in the end, all Charlie has is a guitar...
...and Jack. The Dragon Prince, and a Sorcerer.
But Charlie might like Jack just a little too much, and Jack might like Charlie a little too much in return. Actually, between Allie's hormones, the Aunties trying to force her and Jack into ritual, the Courts having way too much fun at the end of days, and Jack's sudden desire to sacrifice himself for the good of the many, Charlie's fairly certain that the asteroid is the least of her problems.
The Gales are going to need more than pie to save the world from an incoming asteroid. But together there isn't anything they can't deal with except possibly each other.
Praise for Valor's Choice
“An intriguing alien race, a likeable protagonist, a fast moving plot, and a rousing ending. What more could you ask for?” —Science Fiction Chronicle “The action is solid, and the marines are an entertaining mix of oddballs.”—Locus “Balanced against the high body count is Huffs dialogue, which is snappy and humorous, enmeshed in the racial diversity of the platoon. As a heroine, Kerr shines. She is cut from the same mold as Ellen Ripley of the Aliens films: tough but humane, fiercely protective of her charges, and utterly determined to prevail… Like her heroine, Huff delivers the goods. Valors Choice does not make light of war, but at the same time it is incredibly fun to read. Howlingly funny and very suspenseful. I enjoyed every word.” —Science Fiction Weekly “A writer of great versatility, Ms. Huff captures the ambiance of an elite military group and adds a rare depth to skillful characterization to make each personality stand up and be counted. Dont miss this one…” —RT Reviews
Praise for The Better Part of Valor: “Once again, Tanya Huff produces another enjoyable book, proving that her talents, normally reserved for fantasy, lend themselves quite well to science fiction. With the Valor series, shes clearly hitting her stride.” —RT Reviews
“Exciting, mysterious and full of action and puzzles to solve. Torin is everything you want in an action heroine…and this book will leave readers anxious for her next adventure.” —Kliatt
“Huffs flair for battle scenes and her clarity in visual descriptions support the action quite well.” —Science Fiction Chronicle
“Fans of military science fiction will want to read The Better Part of Valor, a thriller that is every bit as exciting as Star Wars.” —Midwest Book Review
"Fantasy buffs will find plenty of humor, thrills and original mythology
to chew on, along with refreshingly three-dimensional women in an original, fully realized world." — Publishers Weekly (for The Enchantment Emporium
“Its a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.” — Locus (for The Enchantment Emporium)
"Combine Huffs ability to blend ancient traditions seamlessly into the modern world and make them seem perfectly normal with her characters who are appealing and fun to hang out with, and youre in for an amazing read." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer (for The Enchantment Emporium)
"Combining Celtic folklore, musical references, and a love of nature and magic, this sequel to The Enchantment Emporium will appeal to Huffs many fans and to readers who like their urban fantasy with more depth and character development.” — Library Journal (for The Wild Ways)
"Zingy characterizations and a quick pace." — Publishers Weekly (for The Wild Ways)
“Quintessential Huff -- sharp, clean, funny. A heady mix of music, place and people that rings true on every level. Once again, I find myself hoping that this is a series that will go on.” — Green Man Review (for The Wild Ways)
"The Wild Ways is big fun from start to finish.... Its got humor and drama, its fast-paced and sexy.... Huff just doesnt write cookiecut characters; hers are fully rounded with many facets to their personalities. Whether youre rejoining the Gale family or meeting them for the first time, I think youll be as delighted with this book as I am." — Charles de Lint (for The Wild Ways)
"Veteran author Huff, more obscure than she should be because her initial forays into urban fantasy predated the blossoming of that genre, provides yet another diverting tale. Although marred by needlessly implausible astronomy, the focus of the third Enchantment Emporium novel is on the network of relationships within the power Gale family and the question of what people will sacrifice to save the ones they love."
In "Valor's Choice," humans, after being granted membership in the Confederation, must protect the peaceful members of the alliance, and in "The Better Part of Valor," Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr, separated from her platoon, is sent off on a perilous mission to protect a scientific expedition. Original.
Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr's goal is to keep both her superior officers and her troops alive as they face deadly missions throughout the galaxy. She more than proves her mettle when a diplomatic assignment and a scientific expedition both turn dangerous. Original.
In Valor's Choice
, Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr and her crew get yanked from a well-deserved shore leave in order to participate in an easy” mission. They are to act as an honor guard for a diplomatic visit to the world of the Silsviss, reptilian aliens with a strong appreciation for war and conquest. Ideally, the visit will result in an alliance and a new member world for the Confederation. Sure, there'd been rumored sightings of the Others on the planet, sworn enemies of the Confederation, but there are always rumors. Everything seems to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly...
In The Better Part of Valor, Torin Kerr's outspokenness gets her in a load of trouble. After she tells a two-star general what she really thinks of him, she finds herself separated from her platoon and sent off on a perilous assignment. She's ordered to escort a scientific expedition to an unidentified alien ship abandoned in space -- is it a trap set by the Others or simply a derelict? It's Torin's job to find out -- and to babysit a commanding officer who might prove more of a menace to the mission's success than anything they encounter.
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