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Good Neighbors by Stephanie Burgis
on February 2, 2022
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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Mia Brandt knows better than to ever again allow her true powers to be discovered. Ever since her last neighbors burned down her workshop in a night of terror and flame, she's been determined to stay solitary, safe, and - to all outside appearances - perfectly respectable...
But Leander Fabian, whose sinister castle looms over her cozy new cottage, has far more dangerous ideas in mind. When he persuades Mia into a reluctant alliance, she finds herself swept into an exhilarating world of midnight balls, interfering countesses, illicit opera house expeditions, necromantic duels, and a whole unnatural community of fellow magic-workers and outcasts, all of whom are facing a terrifying threat.
Luckily, Mia has unnatural powers of her own - but even her unique skills may not be enough to protect her new found family and help her resist the wickedly provoking neighbor who's seen through all of her shields from the beginning.
This novel-length collection includes all four stories and novellas originally published on Stephanie Burgis's Patreon in 2020-2021: Good Neighbors, Deadly Courtesies, Fine Deceptions, and Fierce Company. (less)
I really enjoyed the collection of four short stories that make up Good Neighbors. The stories were closely related enough it felt much like one book. This fantasy world has some different sorts of magic than are typical and I love that. Our main characters have magic that their “neighbors” have disliked and shown their disapproval.
Because of this Mia and her father moved to a new cottage, and have a new neighbor to understand. Mia and Leander do eventually get to know each other and work together so they can live peacefully in their country homes. But the world just has to be critical of someone different. Each of them understands being ostracized or mistreated by others. Mia chooses to hide who / what she is and is not very social. But eventually she, along with Leander, have to stand their ground.
The author invited me to review and I was delighted. I enjoy her adult fantasy and this is really fantasy romance. There’s action with about an equal focus on the romance or relationship aspects. The author has a pleasing way with words which make reading the story more satisfying.
“I could actually feel the lazy warmth of his regard resting on me now, turning my breath shallow in my chest and my cheeks pricklingly hot.”
I loved the compassion the couple has and how even as they are in trouble, they create allies and work for everyone’s rights. In the end, there are many good neighbors.
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