I was looking over a few of the older paperbacks in my library, and I enjoyed a bit of time with this series, so I thought I’d mention it here. Thorarinn Gunnarsson is one of the authors I enjoy as light reading, and Starwolves is one of her series that I enjoyed. Those who enjoy serious military fiction will not be overly excited by the battles and history in this series (I’m not), but the personalities are interesting and the stories are fun.
You can still find copies around on Amazon.com, though in many cases only used. It is quick reading for when you want to rest your mind. I also have found her other Magic Words series interesting on the same basis. It’s not deep and serious, but light, fun, and humorous. I enjoy that type of reading for a certain percentage of the time.
I think many readers would enjoy a detour into Gunnarsson’s fun writing.
It has been sometime since I have read a Deryni book. I find this kind of fantasy that’s informed by history quite enjoyable to read, though you’ll not find it on my “read everything that is published” lists.
Childe Morgan rates quite high in terms of characterization (excellent), cultural background (excellent), and political intrigue (excellent). I must admit, however, that the pace of events, especially of any form of action is a bit slow for my tastes. I have to admit to a certain love for reading matter that has exciting events at regular intervals. This book builds the threads of a final confrontation throughout the book, moving slowly and painstakingly through details of the lives of the characters setting up their reactions to that final scene.
Make no mistake, this is a good book, but I have to give it a rating of “3” because I will still read folks like David Weber and David Drake first.