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Land of Mist and Snow by Debra Doyle and James Macdonald

Debra Doyle and James Macdonald write spinoffs. There is nothing wrong with this. Previously, I had read their Price of the Stars series, which is charming space opera bearing more than a passing resemblance to Star Wars. This newer book of their concerning two ships operating by magical means, one of which is cursed, came out almost a year after Pirates of the Carribean. Coincidence? I think not. (Of course, that could simply have been a factor in when the book was published, not when it was written.)

The Civil War is raging. Cornelia Abrams, daughter of a Union military official, and Lieutenant Nevis, a Navy officer itching to see some action, are brought together as part of a mysterious mission on a mysterious ship. The Nicodemus, born in the land of Mist and Snow, needs a virtuous maiden to tend her magical innards, and Cornelia is just the girl. Lieutenant Nevis is increasingly concerned about the strange nature of the ship, captain, and crewmates he has to work with. Will love and pluck prevail in the end?

Land of Mist and Snow is written in the form of log and diary entries and letters. The two main characters, Cornelia Abrams and Lieutenant Nevis, both keep journals. Other writers are introduced as needed for the plot. This mostly manages not to seem contrived, as letter-writing was a very significant form of communication during the Civil War, which is when the book takes place. Overall, I found this an entertaining light read. Three stars. Recommended for fans of naval fantasy and the Civil War period.
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