|Old School Wednesdays Book Club|
The OSW Readalong:
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly feature on their blog where Ana and Thea review books at least 5 years old. Due to the overwhelming response in March to the idea, the Readalong was created. At the beginning of each month a poll will go live with 5 books as suggestions for the next month's book, at the end of 2 weeks they will announce the title chosen by the readers for the next month.
April's chosen book is Angel with the Sword by CJ Cherryh, the first book in what would become the shared world series of "Merovingen Nights". Don't know what a shared world series is? Check out this wikipedia article--basically its a bunch of creators writing in the same world, possibly with shared characters. They were pretty big in the 80's/90's for fantasy/science fiction. In this case Angel is part of Cherryh's larger "Alliance Union" universe.
In Merovingen, a watery canal-laced city, much like Earth's Venice, society is segregated along class lines between the lower and upper cities. Against her better judgment, Altair Jones, 17, rescues an unconscious man from a canal near her poleboat. She is fascinated by Mondragon's good looks and elegant ways and begins to fall in love with him. Even though she knows there is no future for a water rat like herself with such a man, she decides to watch over him and rescue him from his enemies; enemies who turn out to be the most powerful people in the upper city...
The Book Smugglers Announcement Post
C.J. Cherryh's Webpage
Merovingen Nights Wikia
CJ Cherryh's Twitter
Wave Without a Shore (blog)
The Discussion begins June 26th!