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Home from the Sea by Mercedes Lackey
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This was a real mixed bag for me. First off, loved seeing Sarah and Nan again, but their story wasn't great and I would have expected more interesting and independent things out of them. Mari was also interesting but while we start everything from her viewpoint, we eventually lose it entirely until the end, and that just didn't make her overly interesting.

At the beginning, Sarah and Nan also comment about a remarkable family of archaeologists and the woman - Sitt Hakim - who carried a spectacular parasol. Clearly referencing Amelia Peabody, but it strikes me as odd and more than a bit fanfic to borrow another author's characters like that, even in passing.

The best way to describe this and other recent novels by Lackey is to say she writes a strong story and there are strong characters, but they are running on parallel tracks and never meet - one step in either direction would make this either an addictive read or a downright disaster, but it just hovers in the middle. And I find this really aggravating for an author I loved for messing with some classic tropes and putting out characters with heart, heartache, death, characters who were gay, straight, bi and NOT PERFECT!!

The book is ok, but it really wasn't satisfying on any count.
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Reading Progress

June 17, 2012 – Shelved
August 19, 2012 – Started Reading
August 20, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 20, 2012 – Shelved as: magic
August 20, 2012 – Shelved as: romance
August 20, 2012 – Shelved as: fairies
August 20, 2012 – Finished Reading

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