For a short but violent time monsters plagued the Western Lands, targeting and killing those in power. No one survived the attacks, and when the monsters left they took their secrets with them. Gwenmere's mother was one of their victims. And perhaps that is why she rejects the ostentatious lifestyle of her caste: the luxurious living accommodations, the outrageously exquisite clothes, the sumptuous and delectable meals, the flamboyant parties. Well, in truth she does enjoy the meals quite a bit.
But the monsters have returned. Gwenmere finally has the chance to discover what they are and why they killed her mother. The only problem is… how does she go about uncovering the truth? As she plots and schemes, so does her father. The intimidating new Captain of the Royal Guard watches her every move. And it seems she will be sent to the distant lands of her spineless fiancé far in advance of their wretched wedding day. Is it all for her own good, to keep her safe—or is she being deceived?
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About the Author
When not teaching students about DNA replication and photosynthesis, R.A.M. Graham delights in creating fantastical worlds, inventing new beasts, and bringing characters to life. Gwenmere is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading Gwenmere, The House of Mere very much. If you enjoy reading fantasy from authors like Terry Pratchett with a little Janet Evonovich sarcasm thrown in (Stephanie Plum series) you would probably like this book. It is refreshing to have a Hero (or heroine in this case) who has to deal with some pretty strange situations but still manages to muddle through day by day. Gwenmere and the guard Farroe provide an interesting contrast and play off of each other well. It is amusing to see how the two differ in their approach to problems and to follow their relationship (?) as the book progresses. And only someone like Gwenmere could have such a rough, yet entertaining (for us), time simply trying to cross a street (admittedly not your ordinary street by any means!).Some of the odd characters that show up throughout the book (Huber, Jerald, Wimsel - one of my favorites, Muvley, etc.) bring to mind some of the interesting characters that Terry Pratchett included in many of his Discworld novels. The interaction that Gwenmere has with them is quite entertaining and adds some good depth to the variety of people in the book that you run into. All in all a very good book!