- Series: Archers Beach (Book 3)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Baen (January 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781476736969
- ISBN-13: 978-1476736969
- ASIN: 1476736960
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carousel Seas (Archers Beach) Paperback – January 6, 2015
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About the Author
Sharon Lee has been married to her first husband for more than half her lifetime; she is a friend to cats, a member of the National Carousel Association, and oversees the dubious financial schemes of an improbable number of stuffed animals. Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In, fact, she likes it so much that she's written four novels set in Maine: mysteries Barnburner, and Gunshy, as well as contemporary fantasies Carousel Tides and Carousel Sun. With the aforementioned first husband, Steve Miller, Sharon has written eighteen novels of science fiction and fantasy–many of them set in the Liaden Universe® –and numerous short stories. She has occasionally been an advertising copywriter, a reporter, photographer, book reviewer, and secretary. For three years, she was executive director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and was subsequently elected vice president, and then president of that organization.
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Unlike the previous novel in the series, Carousel Sun, there’s more of a focus on the fantastical aspects of Kate’s life in this book, as she continues to learn what she can do with her magic and as Guardian of the Land for Archer’s Cove. At the same time, she still has to deal with more mundane problems, both large—the company who owns the amusement park housing her carousel has decided to sell the land to developers—and small—Kate gets caught up in plans to remove a feral cat colony. (As a consequence of which, Kate gets a cat. Oh, and cats are apparently magical, which will surprise no one who has ever lived with one.) This mixture of the magical and the mundane characterizes this series, and to me, it’s one of its strengths, making the fantasy seem more rooted in the reality of our world.
If you’ve read and enjoyed the rest of the series, you will definitely want to read this novel, too. If you’re new to the series, you should give it a try if you enjoy character-driven fantasies with leisurely pacing. I wouldn’t start with this one, though, because you really need the background of the other books to make sense of the plot. Just start with Carousel Tides and treat yourself to the entire series.
From the way the book ends, it seems as if this particular series of novels set in Archer’s Cove has come to its natural conclusion. Lee does leave the door open to picking up the action at some point in the future, though. If so, I’ll be reading!
An ARC of Carousel Seas was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Now Kate and her friends and neighbors must deal with one of the hidden, a powerful sea goddess who has designs on Kate’s boyfriend Borgan, the Guardian of the Gulf of Maine, and also on the Gulf. But this plotting injures the Sea herself—and when the Sea grieves, everything is at risk. Once again Lee gives us her atmospheric, densely woven story filled with curious, quirky, and very believable creatures from Beyond. There are also slow-moving romances and swift dangers, cats with agency, and a lesson in just how strong and subtle the least of the magic worlds may be. Kate has made both powerful friends and dangerous enemies, and the bindings she has made must take her into the future.
Recommended. I think you can read this as a stand-alone, but I recommend starting with Carousel Tides. Why not take the entire journey? I will keep this book and read it again, and in an age of shrinking book space, that's a compliment!