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Foundation by Mercedes Lackey
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Feb 22, 12

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This book (and the whole series, it seems) has a definite "Harry Potter-esque" feel to it. It's not a rip off, since the coming-of-age story is so ubiquitous as to be an actual genre in itself. It's more that Harry Potter has become such a touchstone for people in that genre, it was hard not to read it without thinking of it as a reaction to HP. This is quite something, considering one of MY touchstone coming-of-age stories was the Queen's Own series, by Mercedes Lackey.
In that context, I found myself identifying with the lead character, Mags, much more than I EVER identified with Harry. Harry takes that iconic teenage angst and rage and focuses it outward. Mags does as I did as a teen and turns it inward.
In this book, Mercedes Lackey does what she does best, depicts damaged goods (in rich sensory detail) and how they come to redemption. She can be repetitive with her stories, but in my opinion, this is one of the good ones.
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