HALF A CROWN
The third and final book in Walton's Small Change series, much like the first two, is a difficult -- and important -- book to read about a world gone mad. The characterization is first-rate, the plot is compelling and most important of all, even in this world, there is hope.
Elvira Royston, Carmichael's ward, is a debutante days away from being presented to the Queen when she's swept up in a political nightmare beyond her ken, and yet the fate of a country may rest on her shoulders -- and on Carmichael's. (Tor, Oct., 320 pp., $25.95)