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The Native Star by M.K. Hobson
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Dec 27, 2010

it was amazing
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Warning: Do not take this book to bed. You will never get any sleep. I stayed up way too late several nights in a row itching to find out what was going to happen.

It's the 1870s, and young rural California Witch Emily Edwards has two problems. One is the haughty Eastern Warlock Dreadnought Stanton. The second is the magic-canceling stone that's embedded itself in her hand. Emily wouldn't give Stanton the time of day, but he's promised his Institute can get the stone out of her hand--and return her magic abilities. Chased across Northern California and thence to New York City (cue the Pace Picante guys), Emily and Dreadnought face zombies, bloodthirsty Secret Service agents, disembodied Italians, and possibly the most terrifying of all: a fresh-faced farm girl who insists on recounting every penny dreadful she's ever read.

Fast-paced, full of rich but never unnecessary period detail, supernatural but not clichéd, "The Native Star" is a treat for fans of paranormal, romance, paranormal romance, the wild west, wild west romance, and dare I say, steampunk. It's a masterful debut (debut? srsly?), and M.K. Hobson is a writer to watch.

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