I've wanted to read this for a long time, but as I read it I found myself feeling the same way I have with other King books: I HAVE to know what's goiI've wanted to read this for a long time, but as I read it I found myself feeling the same way I have with other King books: I HAVE to know what's going to happen (even though, with a time travel novel, I kind of already do) but there's this feeling of dread about finding out. This is a sign of a good writer who hooks you even though you don't want to be hooked, and I feel a little vindicated after finishing that there was a good reason for the dread. The historical bits are awesome. I grew up listening to 50s and 60s music instead of the weird pop of the 80s that all the other kids my age were listening to, and there was that 30-year nostalgia swing going on (remember Barbie and the Sensations?) so I've had a healthy love of the time period since a young age. King brings this era to vivid life, which makes a really interesting counterpoint to the simmering darkness you know will come. It's a bit of a bear to read, being so long--I can see why King gives himself a buffer of time between the initial insertion in the past (yes, even I can appreciate the Derry connections) and the BIG EVENT, and King fills the time with lots of story, but maybe it could have been a little shorter. Maybe on another string, it is. I'm glad I finally gave it a read, but I stand with my opinion of King: he's a great writer, he just doesn't write stuff that makes me happy to read....more
What more could you want? This novel has historical romance, seafaring adventure, a magic box that everyone wants, a handsome shMagic, fae, pirates...
What more could you want? This novel has historical romance, seafaring adventure, a magic box that everyone wants, a handsome shapeshifter, elemental magic, and a great secret that must be uncovered to set things right. Happy to read it....more
Starts off a little slow, but the mystery (involving turtles!) ramps up as the story goes along, building to a satisfactory finish.Seafaring mystery
Starts off a little slow, but the mystery (involving turtles!) ramps up as the story goes along, building to a satisfactory finish. Same main characters as the first book in the series, with deeper insight into how one family could be the crux of nationwide (island-wide) political drama. Do you like sailing, science, solving a mystery, with a splash of an entirely new (or is it old?) worlds to explore? You'll like this one....more
... In a good way and a bad way, because I'd like to know more about this world but I also felt like the ending was a little rusheLeft me wanting more
... In a good way and a bad way, because I'd like to know more about this world but I also felt like the ending was a little rushed. The writing is good though clearly YA. The imagery is gorgeous and the culture is nicely diverse. I loved the Asian setting, though I wish there had been more mystical/mythological involvement (I couldn't help but think "the Eagles are coming!" Like in the Lord Of The Rings at one point). It's really hard to describe the lack of a thing, and I think the author did pretty well, though it did seem like characters adapted to changed circumstances a little too quickly. A fast, pretty read....more
Huge book with really interesting world-building and developed characters, but has some points where it drags. Many characters to loIntricate but long
Huge book with really interesting world-building and developed characters, but has some points where it drags. Many characters to lose track of, but stick it out till the end and you'll be rewarded with a faster pace and lots of plot developments. Sort of abrupt ending but it's book one of a trilogy so there will be more....more
Disclosure: I've met the author as part of my role as the Municipal Liaison for the St. Louis NaNoWriMo region. I received the book as a free digitalDisclosure: I've met the author as part of my role as the Municipal Liaison for the St. Louis NaNoWriMo region. I received the book as a free digital ARC via Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
THE ROGUE RETRIEVAL brings the magic of the stage together with magic of the world. Quinn is a stage magician about to get his big break in Vegas when he's approached with a very strange job offer. The world of Alissia lies just on the other side of a portal, and a megacorporation has been studying it for over a decade. They need his help to recover one of their people who has gone rogue, because Quinn would be an unknown to the man gone missing. Oh, and magic exists in Alissia, so they need their own magician. But it's not going to be easy, especially since impersonating a true magician carries a death sentence.
It's fun to see the juxtaposition of illusions or sufficiently advanced science against true magic. Alissia is a well-developed world, and has many secrets, quite a few of which aren't revealed, so there's plenty left for other books in the series. I'm a sucker for magic, stage or actual, and I always want to know how it works--it doesn't ruin the effect for me, so I would have liked to have known how Quinn does some of his more spectacular tricks that the R&D guys at the megacorp didn't have a hand in developing (and I want to know how long they worked on that laser sword). Quinn finds something about himself in Alissia, which I would definitely like to know more about!
There's good gender representation in this novel, which made me happy. The commander of the mission to retrieve the rogue is a woman, and the science officer is a female POC (huzzah!). It just goes to show you that diversity is possible in fantasy! It's an unfortunate fact that most people's default character design is a white male, so why not give readers a chance to change that setting?
I felt like the ending was a little rushed, with a great big aerial battle that I had a little trouble picturing in my mind. But the story wraps up nicely while leaving plenty of room for a sequel. Also, I would like some Valteroni Gold now.
This book started life as a NaNoWriMo novel, so it just goes to show you that actual published books DO come from this writing program. I better get writing on mine!...more
There is a lot going on in this book. I hesitated to give out five stars because of the folks that are lost and the changes that theTrue to its title
There is a lot going on in this book. I hesitated to give out five stars because of the folks that are lost and the changes that the characters have to deal with. But the story wraps up here, there is happiness to be found, and the same humor mixed with thoughtful asides amid a few quotes from the Bard that you've come to expect from an Iron Druid novel are all here. I wish the Three Slices anthology was available through my local libraries because I'd sure like to get some of the backstory for this story; read it first if you can find it....more
Not a bad story, I suppose I read the blurb wrong since I was expecting some magic to go along with my historicDid anyone ever go back for that horse?
Not a bad story, I suppose I read the blurb wrong since I was expecting some magic to go along with my historical second world YA, but there is none. Sometimes the dialogue sounds anachronistic-I know, this isn't our world, but it sure reads like it is 18th century England-Scotland-America, and sometimes the dialogue threw me out of the story. Plenty of other tales to tell in this world, though, and I might pick another book up just to find out what Mira is up to....more