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Burning Bridges (Retrievers #4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  903 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Wren Valere used to be almost invisible. But now she's not only being seen, she's getting involved.

Recent attacks against nonhuman Fatae have escalated into hate crimes against magic users in general--humans included. With the Mage Council distracted by internal power struggles, Wren is guilted into stepping up as spokesperson for the fragilely united Fatae and lonejack co
Paperback, 410 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Luna
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Nov 23, 2007 Seth rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-f-h, modernfantasy
Weakest in the series so far, this book changes to format and shakes up the characters. The changes are nice to see but they don't always work well.

For one thing, the actual retrieval in the book is handled almost completely off-camera and takes place between a couple of chapters in the middle. It doesn't really add much other than a reason for Valere and Sergei to meet a couple of times. A marked--and quite acceptable--change in the formula, but having it there at all just confuses reader expec
Eleni Konstantine
Actually think this series is getting better - lots of conflict, angst, secrets, lies and loyalties tested. Looking forward to book 5!
Jun 10, 2015 Corrin rated it liked it
This series is how it always is. Full of twists and turns and steady. It isn't one of those stories that keeps you on the edge of your seat and Burning Bridges isn't impossible to put down but it is interesting and the story is very good. This writing isn't poor nore is this a suspense novel. Wren, Sergei and their crew are steady characters with depth and interest. You want to know whats going to happen to them next but you can wait until you are comfortable to find out. I want to read the next ...more
Martina the Book Fairy
Sep 01, 2010 Martina the Book Fairy rated it really liked it
This series is firmly in the UF category, with a capital U. It even takes place in NYC. Wren is a "Retriever" which is a fancy way of saying a paid-to-swipe, high talent cat-burglar. But she also has magic. Of course, magic in this series is really an ability to manipulate "current" which is very similar to electrical current.

The world is populated by non-magical "Nulls", magic-users or "Talent" and the inherently magical creatures called "Fatae". It's also rife with politics. Magical organizat
Katharine Kimbriel
Our heroine is Wren Valere, a talented young woman in her late 20s who is a lonejack, a solo magic user raised up in a soloist tradition. She works as a “retriever” – essentially a thief with considerable magical talents. Someone stole something from you – something magical, dangerous, powerful? You pay Valere and her “manager” Sergei Didier, and she’ll steal it right back.

New York City is a vibrant place at any time, but in LAG’s world talents (those who feel and manipulate current) and nulls (
Wren Valere is a Retriever, a professional thief with magical abilities who uses her talent magic to steal things that her clients want. Her demon sidekick, P.B. (or polar bear), and she discover the brutalized corpse of an angel not far from Wren's apartment. The gutted angel, or winged nonhuman "fatae," turns out to be just one casualty in a heated conflict between Nulls (humans without Talent) and the powerful human Talents.

Not only are bigoted human vigilantes going after fatae, but it appe
Eh. The previous three books were more entertaining then this one. I liked getting to know P.B. a little better, but they pretty much told you what was going on in the first few chapters and then you just had to wait for everyone else to catch up. The retrieval had absolutely nothing to do with the story and I really wasn't feeling the relationship between her and Sergei this time. Then they threw in the current addiction thing, which totally screwed that all up... I also didn't like how it took ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Burning Bridges represents a major turning point in the broader story as the battle between the various factions of the Cosa and the Nulls moves from the shadows to outright conflict. In the broad scheme, this is a good move for the story. The book itself, unfortunately, is somewhat lacking. The plot bounces around, the writing feels sloppy, characters seem to suddenly know things they had no way of knowing a few pages earlier without explanation, etc. The random retrieval job thrown into the mi ...more
What I liked best about this book is that it rounds out the story-world of the Cosa Nostradamus,which I first encountered in the PUPI series (which I like much more, perhaps because I started with them?). I've never liked Sergei, and this book was no exception. I'm not sure I like The Wren all that much. I do like the world, though, which may explain why I keep reading... As of right now, it's been a few weeks since I read this book, and I can't really remember much about it all. Probably not a ...more
Amy Goodloe
Aug 02, 2013 Amy Goodloe rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Apparently I bought this one on sale, as I realized something was missing when I started listening to it. So I went back and bought the first book in the series before resuming this one. But I missed that there were two other books between the first one and this one. I guess that explains why I found some parts of this book confusing! I enjoyed it well enough to consider listening to the two books I missed, but I'd prefer to find those on sale.
Mar 04, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, fiction
I liked this book a bit less than the first three, I think because it was somewhat depressing. Events reach a breaking point, and many mysteries are revealed. People die, or are destroyed, and betrayals happen on all sides. Still, it's worth four stars for being exciting, engaging, and making me want to read more. I can only hope the next book has an upturn, though with events the way they are, that seems somewhat unlikely... we'll see (I hope!)
Lady Mockingbird
Feb 05, 2008 Lady Mockingbird rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Lovers
Recommended to Lady by: Found it browsing at Borders
Ms Gilman continues to keep the characters fresh, the politics twisted, and her version of a world where the supernatural co-exist with normal folk is while not wholly a new take on things, certainly different enough to make the reader want to learn more about the ins and outs and laws of nature.

Despite the different edge of Gilman's world though, her retriever series still fits quite neatly into the 'Modern Urban Fantasy Genre.'
Jennifer Juilano
Laura Anne Gilman is amazing at layering interactions, reasoning and action in her Retrievers series.

Burning Bridges took the next step and while there was a lot of action in the book, the step was a small one, peeling back only a small section of the history and back story of the Talents, Fatae, Council and the Silence.

I love where this storyline is going and can't wait to read the next book!
May 23, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
I really love the world Gilman created, complete with the complex characters, relationships (romantic and otherwise, politics, and racial tensions. Her world building is suburb. I also like that they didn't just leave the retrieving end of things out amongst all the going ons.

(though the research fail of having a Sikh mentioning Allah made me roll my eyes).
May 25, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
Valere has always cherished her invisibility as it makes her job as a retriever safer. Now, with the fatae and the talented under attack, she has to come forward and take part of the coordinated efforts to protect those she cares about. Of course, that means burning bridges to prior credos.
The book has lots of drama and suspense in a paranormal setting.
Dec 31, 2014 Nibrock rated it liked it
Shelves: alternate-worlds
Something is missing from this series. The plot moves great, the characters are awesome, but I just can't get into the story. :(

Loved all the action, lots of fighting, a bit too much talking and planning. Great tension between Wren & Sergei.

Surprised how it all ended, and it will get me to read the next book to see where it goes from here.
May 01, 2008 Toni rated it it was amazing
This book brought out the problems with Wren and Sergi's partnership as well as there romance since it has gotten physical and not just emotional. It shows them trying to adjust to the differences. It is also where they cut the ties to the silence as well as the mage council. Each book has shown more growth and development.
Jul 31, 2010 Doris rated it liked it
This book was the first one I picked up in the series, and it sounded like a solid concept. However, it had a lot of action which took place outside the story, and made some of the script sound odd. It would probably have worked better for me if I had been familiar with the whole series, rather than jumping in here.
Mar 25, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
It's clear why this is the book that made me put the series down initially... A slower paced book (although, it's clearly not meant to be) than the previous books, with far more internal "politicking" going on...

I'm glad I made it through, this time around, and I look forward to the following two books.
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right The title is apt. Things really pick up in this book and the plot moves along pretty nicely. Things become chaotic and shit really hits the fan between the Fatae, Nulls, and Talents. Council & Silence and the gut kicker of them all - Wren & Sergei.

Apr 12, 2016 Lemonitsa rated it really liked it
Sept. 02/11 - Chapter 7
Sept. 03/11 - Chapter 14
Sept. 04/11 - Finished

4 1/2 stars - This is my favorite Retrievers novel so far. Great story!
Jul 04, 2016 Helen rated it liked it
Intense and action-packed but sometimes there seemed to be a disorienting gap in the steps from A to C or D.
Jan 12, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
Great fights, lots of tension.
The Big Bad in the series...well take your time. [don't cheat it..enjoy]
Jan 18, 2011 Jenny rated it it was ok
turning into a big fantasy series instead of a fun mystery adventure. where's the actual retrieving?
This contemporary mystery-fantasy is smart, funny, and suspenseful.
Karen Easley
Loved it can't wait for the next book in this series...
Lynn Calvin
Urban Fantasy
Nov 09, 2007 colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scpl, fantasy
read 08.25.07
Apr 16, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
The plot thickens.
Karen Desmond
Nov 02, 2011 Karen Desmond rated it really liked it
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After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including the SILVER ON THE ROAD, the Nebula Award-nom
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