The other week I picked up Jodi Taylor’s Just One Damned Thing After Another, the first volume in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series. I loved it – really, really loved it. Sure, I’d been starved of fiction for a while due to other commitments, but even so I really enjoyed the novel. So much so, in fact, that the next day I downloaded the next book in the series, A Symphony of Echoes. That took me over the weekend and into the working week, and I whizzed through it, utterly hooked on the series. Over the course of six nights I read the first five books in The Chronicles of St Mary’s, and I loved every single one of them: they’re packed with action, history, humour, and silliness. But not just that – there’s darkness there, too, both triumphs and failures for our heroine, Max, and her friends.
After reading the first five I had a break for a couple of nights, but I was so absorbed I soon returned to the series, and hungrily finished books 6, 7, and 8 over three nights, which takes me almost to the end of the series so far. There is a ninth volume, a collection of short stories set in the same story world. I rarely read shorter fiction – I prefer to get lost in longer books – but I may well pick it up soon.