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Wondering Sight (The Extraordinaries #2)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  595 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Sophia Westlake is an Extraordinary Seer, gifted with the ability to see past, present and future in Dreams and Visions. Her talent led to the destruction of the Caribbean pirates plaguing England’s shipping and gained her renown and the accolades of her peers. But when she accuses a prominent politician, Lord Endicott, of embezzling from the Army, her Dream is “proved” fa ...more
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Published January 19th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie alert! August 31, 2017.

3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

In Wondering Sight (2017), the second book in Melissa McShane’s THE EXTRAORDINARIES series, we return to a fantasy-touched version of Regency-era England where some people have magical talents ― throwing and extinguishing fire, shaping one’s appearance, flying, teleporting, and more. Sophia is an Extraordinary, one of the very few people who have particularly strong magical abilities. As a Seer, she
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I adored the actiond and adventure in the first book and I'm feeling let down here...

It could be due to the fact that the heroine's Talent is Sight. Sight is much more tame Talent than Fire! It could be, but that was not the only thing that made this book less than the first!

Sophia is not a likeable heroine IMHO. She's to pround of her Talent and her being an Extraordinary that she becomes TSTL. And I don't appreciate that!
She's convinced that because she's an Extraordinary she's inevitably righ
Sherwood Smith
This second book in Melissa McShane's series takes a different tone from the first, Burning Bright, as its heroine is a complicated, prickly person.

Sophia, the heroine, is a widow. She had worked for the War Office until her Extraordinary Seer talent caused her to expose a powerful nobleman, Lord Endicott, who somehow managed to finesse events and escape retribution, casting doubts on Sophia's talent. As a result, Sophia was let go from the War Office, and though the latter kept quiet, somehow w
Melissa McShane
Writing this book was hard. Originally it was set in Bath, and there were kidnappings and a secret government organization and Revenge, all of which lasted until I realized it wasn't working (about four chapters). So I ditched everything but the main character and the Revenge and started over. Now there's counterfeiting and Bow Street Runners and some really great secondary characters, and I love how it turned out.

Sophia, though--each of these books has a different Extraordinary woman, and I alw
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in a series, though almost completely separate from the first. Fans of the first will find the same world, though with a story more set in place (London) and with completely different characters. So you can read this one before the first and not miss anything (and only vaguely spoil the first, really).

As usual, I will bravely protect your right to ignore anything I say in this review by admitting up front that I am closely connected with the author (having married her some 25
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Last year I read Burning Bright, the first in a new fantasy series, and to say I was excitedly awaiting the second novel, Wondering Sight, would not do it justice.

I was initially disappointed that the characters from the first book didn't show up here, and also the story has moved away from catching pirates in the Caribbean to life in Britain. Sophia has another gift completely, as she as an Extraordinary Seer, can see Dreams and Visio
I was eager to return to The Extraordinaries world of elegant Regency London, an ongoing war with France, and oh yes, people born with magical gifts that made them a bit of something extra. Wondering Sight shifts the spotlight to a new intrepid heroine, Sophia Westlake, who possesses a different magical gift and a new adventure of her own.

Wondering Sight is book two in The Extraordinaries series, but it is written in such a way that it can be read out of order or standalone though I would encour
So 2 stars is probably generous considering I skimmed a lot of this, but it wasn't that it was badly written, it was just kind of boring. And I wouldn't have picked it up based on the synopsis alone, I just loved the first book of this series, so figured I had to give this a try. But I just didn't find the Dreaming ability anywhere near as interesting or exciting as the Scorcher one from the first book. And the entire book is spent in Dream trying to bring this one guy running a counterfeiting s ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from this author and series. She really captures the feeling of the time period and that's why the abilities that some characters have are so interesting. Because in this world the extraordinary abilities are actually ordinary. As with the previous book, I think that the writing and editing are nearly flawless. My only objection to this story over the first is that the heroines obsession with revenge got quite tedious at the end. I did really feel outrage about her situation a ...more
Olivia Farr
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wondering Sight" was a fantastic continuation of the Extraordinaries series, which could also be read as a stand-alone. In this book, we follow Sophia, an Extraordinary Seer, who was discharged from the military after one of her Dreams, which she knows to be true, was shown to be false. The man she accused was prominent in the government and so the investigation was not as thorough as it should have been. Lord Endicott made himself a dangerous enemy. Sophia is determined in her pursuit of him a ...more
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :)

what a great sequel to a truly amazing series :) I won't say more at the moment, because I will have a full review for you guys tomorrow, but damn... I just love this series :)

edited to add my full review :)

I got the ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :) it was my second book ever from this author that I had the pleasure of reading... and the pleasure was definitely all mine ;) I adore her writin
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I wasn't quite as captivated by this companion novel, but I still found it delightful. You've still got the X-Men-like powers -- though this time it's focused on the gift of seeing events in the past, present, or future -- and another headstrong main character, though Sophia is hellbent on revenge and not escape like Elinor. And this book was more of a mystery novel a la Sherlock Holmes, while Burning Bright was a tale set on the high seas in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean. Still, tons of ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sophia Westlake is an Extraordinary Seer. With her Dreams and Visions, she can see past, present and future. Her talent was vital to England’s destruction of the Caribbean pirates, affirming her reputation for skill and accuracy. But when she accuses Lord Endicott of embezzlement, he “proves” her Dream to be false, ruining her reputation and forcing her from the Army. Back in London and certain in the truth of her Dream, Sophia works to prove Lord Endicott is the criminal she knows him to be.

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*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Historical Fiction, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

WONDERING SIGHT is the second installment in author Melissa McShane's The Extraordinaire's. The author returns to Regency London, circa 1812, where there are some extraordinary people living in this era. From seers, to scorchers, to bounders, sharpers & movers they all have some pretty remarkable abilities & skill sets. This time out, Author McShane writes about an entirely new cast of characters
Bambi Unbridled

Wondering Sight is the second book in The Extraordinaires historical fantasy series, following Burning Bright. These books can be read as standalones if you are so inclined, there was no noticeable character crossover in this installment. The Extraordinaries have special talents above and beyond the rest of society. They can control fire (scorchers), or move large objects via telekinesis (movers), teleport (bounders), heal and shape the human body (shapers), or prognosticate (seers). Not everyon
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Rating: 3.5

This review was originally posted on Spinatale Review.

Wondering Sight begins with Sophia Westlake returning to London after her career with the War Office ends in disgrace. She accused Lord Endicott of various crimes and had her sight discredited when he used his power and influence to cover up the evidence. Bent on revenge, Sophia is consumed by her obsession to prove that her dream was true.

Burning Bright was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I have been eagerly awaiting the sequ
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Wondering Sight is a good second entry into Melissa McShane’s new series, The Extraordinaries.

Sophia is a respected Dreamer, a person who with psi abilities who can use dreams and visions to do things like see the immediate future and envision the world through another person’s eyes. However, she feels that her abilities as a Dreamer are in doubt when she is dismissed from military service after she accuses Lord Endicott (one of the villains from the first book) of embezzling and the Ar
Samantha Fabris
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. While I didn't quite love it as much as the first (I think I'm just attached to Elinor), this sequel still had everything I loved about the first book: strong, female protagonist, unique abilities and a great love interest.

With a better understanding of this world after the first book, it was so easy to dive into Sophia's life as she re-enters society after helping in the war overseas and uses her seer abilities to try to regain her reputation and take down the evil Lord End
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
If you've read the synopsis then I don't think I need to summarize this book at all, it is a rather long winded summary and essentially it sums the book up perfectly. Long winded summary and all. In a nutshell - Sophia Westlake is a Seer, she has dreams and visions of the past, present, and future. She happens to have a false vision which leads to her accusing a well known Lord and it served to boot her from the Navy because her accusations were not light ones, she is ruined and this is where we ...more
John Olsen
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Others have summarized what it's about, so I'll cover other aspects. The details add wonderful color to this story. It's really a cross-genre story, where all the components come together quite well. I'm reviewing this based on an e-ARC, but may need to get a hard copy.

The Regency aspect is done fabulously with lots of little details adding to the feel of the story ranging from clothing to architecture, and oozing with manners. The crime thriller aspect is done well as a cat and mouse game wher
Bookwyrm Katie
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Burning Bright: 5 ★
2. Wondering Sight: 4 ★

not as good as the first part (which was perfect to me) but still an excellent novel. I hope there will be a third book and that we will meet some of the characters again
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I am greatly enjoying the Extraordinaries series for its strong female characters who use their intelligence and patience to solve the problems they are presented. McShane has done an excellent job of giving us stories that are thoroughly researched and with 'magic' systems fully explained and explored. The plot is nuanced, the characters rich, and the concept especially fascinating. The series is satisfying on so many l
Lisbette Tomas
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved Burning Bright, the first book in the Extraordinaries series. The worldbuilding was intriguing and I really enjoyed the magic system that was set up. I wasn't sure at the end of that one if the next book would be a direct sequel or focus on new characters and I was happy to see that it did, in fact, star a new couple. So I was excited to dig in and read it.

Unfortunately Wondering Sight didn't work nearly as well for me as the first one did. Sophia is a Seer and the plot revolves a
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

A few things to confess: I have forgotten some things from the first book, which made me a bit confused in this book, but even without that knowledge I was still able to enjoy the book. Also, I can't believe it took me so long to read this book because it was awesome. When the third one...if a third one comes out I will definitely need to re-read the series, but that might not be a bad thing.

Okay, so what to say about this
I read and loved the first book in this series Burning Bright and gave it 4 and a half stars.

This book in contrast was a massive disappointed, 1.5 stars out of 5.
Nothing happened! Almost the whole story took place in Sophia's house/bedroom while she was dreaming. There was no action and no romance until the last couple of chapters and even then it was ridiculous and rushed. Mr Rutledge asked her to marry him in the last chapter and she said yes which would have been fine except that they had
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
After being dismissed from the War Office for a false accusation, widowed Extraordinary Seer Sophia Westlake decides to spend her days with her good friend Cecy (plus husband) in London, going to parties and soirees and giving Visions to rich old ladies. Determined to prove her visions correct, Sophia begins a hunt of embezzling and counterfeiting mastermind Lord Endicott. Handsome, rich and charming, he proves to be a wilier prey than she had expected.

I loved Brightly Burning. Navy ships of lin
Ended up enjoying it immensely

I started this book 8 months ago and could not for the life of me get past the 40% mark or so, so I abandoned it until a few days ago. I started from the beginning again, and finished today. This book was frustrating to read at times, because Sophia was a stubborn stubborn woman and often unpleasant to her friends and acquaintances, which made me dislike her immensely. But dislike of a character does not have to mean dislike of the book, and as Sophia became more aw
L. Palmer
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wondering Sight is a fun read full of intrigue and magic in England’s post-Napoleonic war period. I loved the world of the book, where balls and social expectations of the era mix with magic as part of the class order. Our heroine, Sophia Westlake, is marked as a seer by her red gloves. These gloves both elevate her status and mark her apart from the rest of the room.

She is a woman with a firm will, determined to clear the lies around her name spread by a long-time and elusive enemy. As she see
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this because it has a lot of description about parties, dress, habits, politics during the Regency Era. It's easy to tell the author did her research. Overall, the plot was enjoyable, although a bit disjointed and scattered. I didn't understand a whole lot of the Dreaming parts but didn't really mind. The concept of an alternate Regency England but with magic is the best. I love books like these. The characters were mostly likable, although Sophia was a little crazy and I didn't unders ...more
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In Wondering Sight (2017), the second book in Melissa McShane’s THE EXTRAORDINARIES series, we return to a fantasy-touched version of Regency-era England where some people have magical talents ― throwing and extinguishing fire, shaping one’s appearance, flying, teleporting, and more. Sophia is an Extraordinary, one of the very few people who
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Melissa grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised ...more
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The Extraordinaries (3 books)
  • Burning Bright (The Extraordinaries, #1)
  • Abounding Might (The Extraordinaries, #3)