THE MERCHANTS' WAR
This fourth book in the Merchant Princes series, although well written and filled with compelling characters, is not a stand-alone novel. But fans of the series will not be disappointed by this action-packed installment. Miriam is so down to earth that readers can't help but identify with her. However, the contemporary world and futuristic structure of the mafia-like clans may be a turn-off for readers who like their fantasy without any science fiction elements.
Miriam, having barely escaped betrothal to the damaged Prince Creon by virtue of the palace exploding, is on the move again with little resources and few friends. Erasmus Bergeson takes her under his wing, which only draws her more deeply into danger. Will she survive to break free of clan politics and be safe? (TOR, Oct., 336 pp., $24.95)