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Starred Review. Taking a break from the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series, Vaughn melds a near-future world torn by war with the legend of the fall of Troy in this brilliantly structured, beautifully written stand-alone. Evie Walker is a comic book writer who leaves behind a strife-filled Los Angeles to care for her dying father in the smalltown of Hopes Fort, Colo. Evie soon inherits the responsibility of guarding a magical storeroom and its contents as the country becomes hyperdefensive about possible terrorist threats. Intermingled with Evie's story is the tale of Sinon the Liar, who persuaded the Trojans to bring Odysseus's horse inside their walls and wound up cursed with immortality. Vaughn brings together mythology, fairy tales, and very human lives, immersing readers in the stories these complex characters tell themselves to make sense of their war-torn worlds. (July)
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Comic book writer Evie Walker bases her stories roughly on the political upheaval occurring around the world. With her father dying, she returns to Hope's Fort, Colorado, where she grew up. She has never really thought much about the storage room in the basement of the Walker family home. Now she does. Taking a page from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Vaughn creates a tale in which the storeroom is a gateway to another realm that contains such fantastical items as Excalibur, Cinderella's glass slippers, and the Apple of Discord that touched off the Trojan war. Set against a backdrop of coming apocalypse, the story jumps from glimpses of the ancient Greek past to Evie's world that is being torn apart by politics and war, then to the history of the Walker family through the ages. Those strands are woven into a tapestry that may satisfy both the reader who enjoys emotional depth in characterization and those fascinated by world mythology and fairy tales. --Rebecca GerberSee all Editorial Reviews
Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaugh is an interesting book that revolves around a collection of magical artifacts that have placed in “storage” and have been guarded by one family over... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Riley
In a future world, Evie walker goes home to be with her father, and finds out her family guards a basement full of magical items. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angela Farrell
I really enjoyed this book and basically couldn't put it down. I liked all the characters, from bad to good, and there were so many elements to the story that its hard to describe. Read morePublished 13 months ago by AMH
Although I've wearied of the Kitty Norville series, I still enjoy Carrie Vaughn's writing. I liked After the Golden Age well enough to give this a try even though "Greek gods... Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Hollingsworth
I love Carrie Vaughn's style of writing, because it keeps hold of my attention. This story was compelling and stuck in my brain even when I had to set the book aside to deal with... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paladinian
I enjoyed "Discord's Apple" because I like stories that take the reader back in time. The link with mythology was very intriguing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Diana Bibb
Rarely have I read a book that went nowhere in such an boring way. It has taught me a lesson though; never will I buy any book that is reviewed by other writers again. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leo Bourne
Very good book! Had a hard time putting it down. Carrie Vaughn is one of my favorite authors and has never failed to deliver.Published 22 months ago by karalee
The primary narrative of Discord's Apple is set in a dystopian near-future United States (world politics in ever-fluctuating crisis and Homeland Security run amok), though it also... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Da Geek