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Coronets and steel
Sherwood Smith
Adult Fiction SMITH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

History aficionado and champion fencer Aurelia Kim Murray investigates her taciturn grandmother's European roots and her own identity in Smith's sweeping, feminist Ruritanian romance. Kidnapped by Prince Alec Ysvorod, who mistakes her for his not-much-beloved fiancee, the slightly-too-perfect Kim is thrust into the complicated and potentially deadly politics of a small, haunted kingdom threatened equally by its neighbors as by its scheming ruling families. Smith (Inda) engages readers with humor and rapier-sharp wit, and extensive details from Central European history (right down to a 19th-century method of stamping coins) make the nation of Dobrenica terrifically real. Though readers who prefer lightning-paced books may stumble over long sections of expository conversations, a lively heroine, mysterious ghosts, and a complex and intricate plot always get the action going again. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Aurelia Kim Murray, a graduate student descended from a family who fled Austria before World War II, travels to Europe to investigate the mystery of her heritage, sparked by the fevered behest of her beloved and mysteriously ill grandmother. In Vienna, Kim encounters her first "ghost" along with an attractive stranger who seems to follow her and who embroils her in the dangerous politics of a country she never knew existed. In her latest novel, Smith (Inda; Treason's Shore) pits a modern-day woman against the intrigues of a past century. VERDICT Recalling The Count of Monte Cristo and The Prisoner of Zenda in plot and theme, this cross-world fantasy/romance should appeal to YA and adult fans of the genre. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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