Muse was just the kind of historical fiction I like to read. Set in 14th century Avignon, and filled with lots of historical detail about the time period, the author also created wonderful characters and filled in the storyline about Petrarch's mistress with tidbits of fact she was able to glean from extant resources (and granted, there is very little known about this woman, but I liked how the author created a strong female voice within a very male-dominated time period.)
I finished things up with The Last Unicorn. I'm so glad I had this book to close out the year's challenge. Lovely, lyrical, filled with magical things and a fairy-tale based in reality, this was one that I will keep close to hand when I need a smile or an uplifting moment in my day. Peter Beagle writes well, and his turn of phrase and choices of words make this one a definite favorite of the year for me.
Next week, a quick recap of my favorites and not-so favorites of 2015, and a peek at the topics for 2016!