- File Size: 7887 KB
- Print Length: 363 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (October 2, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0764JM6NJ
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Abounding Might (The Extraordinaries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I'm very glad to have discovered this series and this author. I've also found her books The Smoke-Scented Girland The God-Touched Man, plus The Summoned Mage (Convergence Book 1)/Convergence series quite enjoyable.
As I just noted, Abounding Might is book three in the series. It works much better in order, but also has the distinction of also allowing for a reader to get it out of order. Fair warning, the world of The Extraordinaries is considered to be already introduced and understood by this point.
So, this is Lady Daphne's story. It begins on a solemn low note for her. For all her powerful ability and her drive to be the best and have amazing adventures, she has a flaw. Well, two, but who's counting. Her physical handicap of fainting at the sight of blood gets an officer killed and has her, tail tucked between her legs, ignominiously packed off to India away from the battlefront to serve the Governor-General's wife.
Daphne isn't down for long and finds adventure and intrigue in an unexpected place. She wanted to wallow a bit, but her natural personality takes over and has her making a friend in a fellow female magic user, Bess, who is a 'Speaker' (she can broadcast thoughts into other minds and exchange thoughts with fellow Speakers). Daphne's own magic as an Extraordinaire Bounder (one who can travel between two points with just a thought or with effort carry others with her) gets her assigned to the attractive Captain Fletcher's unit along with her more mundane duties.
With Fletcher, who has a rather sensitive magic that allows him to know a person's emotions, she gets some of her own back. She is conflicted between shunning the attraction between them out of fear that she will lose out on future adventure or seeing love as its own adventure. But, the romance is often secondary to the conflicts around them. I enjoyed the suspense plot of figuring out who was fomenting the rebellion in the Indian province and how to stop them. Daphne, like the other heroines before her in the series, has some great action scenes and is a hero in her own right rescuing the men included.
The blends of history, romance, fantasy elements and even mystery make this a riveting story for action, but also has lovely depth and development for the heroine as she comes into her own. I can highly recommend the series even as I settle back to anticipate the next book's release.
The focus of the story this time around is Lady Daphne St. Clair and her ability to magically Bound from one location to another with a mere thought. Daphne has worked hard to strengthen her 5-foot-nothing body to be able to pick up and carry people from one place to the next with her Extraordinary talent, but she isn’t able to overcome the weakness that causes her to faint at the sight of blood. So, rather than serving her nation in war-torn Portugal, Daphne is exiled to India to serve as a conveyance for the governor’s family. Daphne is bored at first, but her life becomes more exciting when she meets handsome Captain Phineas Fletcher and he offers her the opportunity to help him investigate some brewing trouble in another city. Daphne loves seeing more of the real India and enjoys spending time with Captain Fletcher. But when their mission turns out to be more complicated and serious than expected, Daphne’s skills—and heart—are put to the test.
I was looking forward to Abounding Might after meeting Daphne in the previous volume of the series, and she didn’t disappoint. I appreciated her enthusiastic embrace of adventure and her desire to use her abilities to their fullest. The only thing that bugged a bit about the character was her tendency to stumble over her words whenever she is uncomfortable. I think it’s supposed to be an endearing reminder of how very young and inexperienced Daphne is, but that note gets hit a little too often for my tastes. To me, it makes her seem a bit silly, and she’s not, at all.
This is a fantasy novel first, not a romance, but the relationship between Daphne and her captain was rather sweet and probably my favorite of the series. It’s foregrounded more than the romance in the first book and is a bit less fraught than in the second. Daphne doesn’t want to fall in love, because she unabashedly wants to the best Bounder ever, and she needs to be free of entanglements to do so. However, as written, Captain Fletcher is pretty irresistible—intelligent, kind, and willing to acknowledge Daphne’s strengths. It’s not surprising that Daphne falls in love with him. (I probably would, too.)
McShane introduces the main character for her next Extraordinaries novel here. She is Bess Hanley, an Extraordinary Speaker (someone who can telepathically speak with others, although she cannot hear their thoughts). Bess should be an interesting heroine, since she has a fairly severe visual impairment. I’m looking forward to learning more about her—it’s going to be a long wait for that next book!
An eARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.