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Lady Henterman's Wardrobe
March 6, 2018
Lady Henterman's Wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca Berkley Publishing Group DAW Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is not one of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s best novels. Still, it is entertaining, with plenty of fast paced action. Indeed there is so much action, there is very little room for plot.
Asti & Verni Rynax are criminals, but their goal is to protect their community, rather than to simply line their pockets. But good intentions aren’t always enough to solve problems. In this case, the Rynax crew are trying to discover why their old neighborhood was burnt down and who is leading the toughs terrorizing the city. Plans as always go awry, but there is always some stopgap whether it is in the form of Verni’s inventions or Asti’s beast. Their crew is one of diverse talents. Things aren’t easy, but then again neither are they too difficult.
One small point that I disliked was the frivolous name. It made it difficult to take the novel seriously from the start.
Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is an amusing concoction, fun and fast paced but not overly serious. It is a good read, but Maresca has definitely written better.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review .
Mixing high fantasy and urban fantasy, the second novel of the Streets of Maradaine series follows the Rynax brothers' crew of outlaws as they attempt their biggest heist yet and restore justice to the common people.
The neighborhood of North Seleth has suffered--and not just the Holver Alley Fire. Poverty and marginalization are forcing people out of the neighborhood, and violence on the streets is getting worse. Only the Rynax brothers--Asti and Verci--and their Holver Alley Crew are fighting for the common people. They've taken care of the people who actually burned down Holver Alley, but they're still looking for the moneyed interests behind the fire.
The trail of breadcrumbs leads the crew to Lord Henterman, and they plan to infiltrate the noble's house on the other side of the city. While the crew tries to penetrate the heart of the house, the worst elements of North Seleth seem to be uniting under a mysterious new leader. With the crew's attention divided, Asti discovers that the secrets behind the fire, including ones from his past, might be found in Lady Henterman's wardrobe