We all know that MWT fangirls over Rosemary Sutcliff the way we fangirl over her, but even so... I just re-read _The Eagle of the Ninth_ and it's so crystal clear how it inspired MWT. The themes, plot structure, intercultural issues, ... anyway.

I also noticed some familiar names. (I'm terrible with names. I can literally read and love a book and not be able to tell you the characters names, so I'm sure this isn't news to anyone else who has read it.) But...

Centurion Quintus Hilarion = commander from whom Marcus takes over at Isca Dumnoniorum

Hilarion = one of Eugenides' attendants

Aulus = surgeon at Isca Dumnoniorum

Aulus = an Eddisian soldier & minor prince

PSA — North Texas Teen Book Festival '21

Looks like the videos from this weekend's #NTTBF21 are still up on YouTube. I don't know how long they'll be up, but if weren't able to watch Friday and Saturday, there's still a chance. Here's a link to the line up:

Both of Megan's events were *awesome* and the middle grade ones my 11yo watched were great, too. 

bluest thing, Sutcliff quote

"I am called Shadow."

So I’ve been returning lately to the books I enjoyed most as a child/ young teen and appreciating them anew, and having just reread The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder, I can’t help thinking it deserves more love and recognition from fans of Megan Whalen Turner and Rosemary Sutcliff.
Blurb under the cut (or you can skip down to my thoughts if you prefer fewer spoilers):
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"If These Two People Don't Get Together, I'll Die"

There's another great article on titled Six Great SFF Love Stories, by Everina Mawell. And guess who her first OTP is? You got it--Eugenides and Attolia. Some other of my favorites are mentioned, too (Miles and Ekaterin!), plus, ideas for books I haven't yet read.  Has anyone read Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri? It sounds like one I might like.
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NTTBF21 Line Up

Bookishbabe and I attended the North Texas Teen Book Festival in 2019 — the good old days when events were in-person and MWT was part of the lineup.

This year, MTW is back the festival is virtual, so I hope more of you will be able to attend "with" us. 

Details about how it will work aren't up yet, but the schedule is, so check it out and put it on your calendar:

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OT: Emily B. Martin & Intisar Khanani virtual author event

I've not read Khanani yet (maybe others here have? recommend?), but I'm excited about the launch for Floodplain. Can't wait to read it — Sunshield had some definite cliff-hanger elements to the ending, so I've been ready to finish the story for a year. (And I'm thankful it's only been a year!)

Let me know if plan to attend — I'll look for you in the chat. :-)

Five Questions for MWT at the Horn Book

Here's the link--  Talking about how she thought The Thief was a stand alone book, she says--"I trimmed away everything that didn’t absolutely have to be on the page to tell that first story. I didn’t know Barbara Barstow at the Cuyahoga County Public Library was going to tempt me into writing a sequel — or that the one sequel would turn into a twenty-year-long odyssey. If I’d have known, I never would have cut out those extra details — every single one of which turned out to be so important that I had to find a way to work it in later"  I would like to know which details those are!  I was also tickled by a glimmer of hope that we might get to see more of Sophos's sisters.

Thief by Avian

Please Be Careful With Our Dear Gen, Disney+

Super-fan Natalie from asks pondering questions about the possible adaptation of TT that Disney+ has optioned. How to do the whole unreliable narrator thing? Will it be a series, rather than a standalone? And, if a series, how to handle the all-important chop-chop scene? After all, it IS Disney. Read all about it here: 7 Questions for Disney+'s Adaptation of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief . Please don't ruin our beloved book, Disney+!