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After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
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May 16, 11

bookshelves: fantasy
Read in May, 2011

From the author of the Kitty, the Werewolf series, comes a well imagined and well written fantasy novel about the daughter of superheros. With no discernable superpowers, Celia West is a disappointment to her father, Captain Olympus. Her mother Spark walks the line between husband and child. Now 28 and living the exciting life of a forensic accountant, Celia is used to being kidnapped by the City's supervillans and bad guys. It is part of her routine.

Her accounting firm assigns her to the District Attorney's office where they are working on the "trial of the century, her parents archenemy, the Destructor. Celia gets sucked into the past and issues long buried while battling through her present day struggle to be a person in her own right.

The characters in this book are crafted well. The two dimensional cartoon-like world of superheros gets fleshed out with emotions, issues, and foilables of the rest of us humans. Celia is an endearing heroine with a dogged sense of curiosity and growing sense of power. Excellent book.

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HRM Maire Did you see she just wrote a sequel?

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