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When the Bough Breaks (SERRAted Edge #3)

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Participating in race car driving when they are not rescuing children in peril, a band of talented elves is called upon to save an abused little girl who has psi powers capable of destroying the earth when she is upset
Paperback, 279 pages
Published by Baen (first published 1993)
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Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Mercedes really deals with the tough issues...child abuse isn't easy to write about...or read about, but she handles it skillfully and draws you into a world of both hope and fear. I remember this series because of that specifically. This is an excellent book.
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Third in the SERRAted Edge urban fantasy series, a part of the overall Elves on the Road universal series, and revolving around Fairgrove Industries, an elvish racing firm that employs elves, mages, and humans. The focus is on Maclyn.

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Ah, jeez, this story is just horrible. The first two were bad enough with their underlying themes of saving children from abuse, and When the Bough Breaks has to be the worst. Why do intelligent people not even attempt to break the cycle? They know it's horri
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Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fae
Now this one I enjoyed greatly. I still remember this because of the little girl. Pedophiles are evil bastards that should be shot. I can never understand the desire to sexually assault little girls. This one moved me. I liked how the little girl had different parts to her personality to deal with the good, bad and ugly. It's actually a horrifying look into the deconstruction of a young child's psyche.
David Caldwell
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Again this is a book that I read quite awhile ago so details are fuzzy. What I do remember is it is set in the modern world. Elves are real but hidden from most people. The way they make there money is car racing. They help kids in trouble. By trouble, I mean abused kids and runaways. I think I gave up on the series because it dealt with such dark situations that by the time you were done reading it, you were in a deep depression. Definitely not a quick, fun read.
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
*trigger warning* seriously. the book itself was well done but the little girl they are out to save is being seriously abused by her father. It was way too much harsh reality in my fantasy genre.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This one I do remember from glandular fever in 2005. It is one of the best fictional portrayal of what is now called Dissociated Identity Disorder.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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