The Undermining of Twyla and Frank

Orbit. (The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, bk. 2). Jul. 2024. 448p. ISBN 9780316568258. pap. $19.99. FANTASY
Twyla Banneker wasn’t a typical candidate for the Tanrian Marshals. The work was incredibly dangerous, and no one expected a middle-aged widow to succeed, except her best friend and partner, Frank Ellis. After eight years on the job, Twyla can say that the work is now significantly less dangerous with the drudges gone, and keeping out smugglers, thieves, and other miscreants has even become a bit boring. But when a marshal is discovered covered in a glittering goo, and the other marshals see for themselves the beast that it came from, Twyla’s job quickly becomes interesting again. The rumored dragons of the Old Gods are alive in Tanria again, and one has just decided that Frank is its mother. A handsome dracologist arrives in Tanria to help the marshals, which seems to cause unexpected friction with Frank, and Twyla starts to realize that love has been right in front of her all along.
VERDICT Bannen brings readers back to Tanria (after The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy) in another charming romantasy full of humor and adventure.
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