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The Double Life of Incorporate Things (Magic Most Foul) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 29, 2013
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"The second Magic Most Foul book is a great and chilling read. You'll be left hanging till the end. A very romantic book that's like a mini roller-coaster ride with well-formed characters. Hieber is an author to look out for!" - RT Bookreviews on THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART
"This second Magic Most Foul book picks up where the first left off, offering enough background details for even readers new to the series to be swept up in the excitement. Natalie is an independent, courageous heroine who rises above the limits of 1880's New York, and the text highlights her as Jonathon's partner despite their differences in class status or the restrictions of nineteenth-century society... Fans of the popular trends in paranormal romance will devour this unique book and eagerly await the third installment." Meghann Meeusen, VOYA on THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART
"Despite the 1880 setting and rich language, the characters and story remain completely relatable to teens. Natalie is a strong protagonist dealing with both boys and demons. She also has to interact with an older female mentor, a younger female protégé, and a jealous peer. The differences in the ways in which she relates to each of these women, as well as to the men in her life, make her a realistic and sympathetic character. Despite the glut of magical fantasy titles on the shelf, this is one worth recommending to teen readers" -Sunnie Sette, School Library Journal, Twisted Tragedy
From the Author
I hope my readership will love this conclusion of the Magic Most Foul saga as much as I enjoyed writing it! In this saga not only was I able to bring Natalie and Jonathon's direct conflicts and dangers to a dramatic conclusion but I was able to introduce themes, concepts and characters that will continue on into my next Gaslamp Fantasy saga, THE ETERNA FILES, a dark. complex and costly search for immortality featuring an epic cast of characters. (Beginning in 2014 with Tor / Forge.) So please take a moment to enjoy this beloved hero and heroine and meet some of the ETERNA crew here in DOUBLE LIFE. Happy haunting! Cheers and thanks for reading - Leanna
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There were plot lines that I was glad to see resolved. :)
The Double Life of Incorporate Things was sadly mostly boring to me. It felt like Natalie, Jonathan, and Evelyn spent a lot of time talking about taking down the society. Then a lot of time making their plans, then even more time travelling before they could even do anything. Then there's Natalie's constant "I want to be with you! Don't leave me!" with Jonathan. She knows he has to go back to England to handle his estate which will be dangerous if they realize he's no longer possessed. She also knows that she's perfectly capable of just going with him! Since when does Natalie needs anyone's permission to do anything?
The last few chapters of The Double Life of Incorporate Things were great. The characters finally get down to business, and the Society throws some curve balls their way. It was quite exciting and emotional. I just wish the rest of the book had been as engaging. I did like how not everything was perfectly tied up in a bow. Natalie may have stopped the immediate threat, but she and her group can't be rid of all of the evil that easily. However, peace has been restored to New York City once again.
Natalie is a strong minded, independent young woman of 18. It is clear from the beginning of this story that she has special skills that have helped her fight demons and save the young man that she fell in love with, Jonathan, Lord Denbury. Jonathan’s soul had been imprisoned in a painting and his body possessed by a demon summoned by the Master’s Society. A prior book covers how Natalie discovered Jonathan’s prison and helped to free him.
Natalie is aided by her father’s friend, a widow, Evelyn Northe, who Natalie views as a step mother. Natalie’s own mother died in a carriage accident but pushed Natalie to safety. Her mother now is present for her in times of great need as a guardian angel. Evelyn is a clairvoyant so she can accept Natalie’s and Jonathan’s skills and help them in the fight against the Master’s Society. Especially since the local law enforcement of 1880 don’t believe the supernatural, spiritual warfare goings on and resent having women poking into their investigation.
The evil Master’s Society is conducting terrible experiments to trap souls, reanimate bodies and using a powder to infect normal citizens with madness and violence. One group that has suffered from an unwitting attack during a party is a group of artistic types who have gathered together to support each other. Their charismatic leader is Nathaniel Veil who is famous for his shows on Gothic themes, including exploration of the paranormal. Ms. Lavinia Kent was the hostess of the party and she seeks help from Evelyn.
The story is set in Manhattan but takes the battle across the sea to Jonathan’s home outside of London, England. The four young people prepare to face several of the leader’s of the Master’s Society, including the mad, power hungry man who imprisoned Jonathan. Although they think they have a good plan, they do not fully realize the extent of danger they face.
There is good emotion and action in this story. The plot moves forward well while the young romance and other relationships are woven in as important elements. I enjoyed the spiritual foundation that supported the battle against the evil society and liked that it was a needed factor to fight the demons.
There was one minor point of view jump but most readers would probably not notice that technical error which caused an awkward sentence but didn’t disrupt the storyline. Other than that minor item I enjoyed the clean descriptions and fast paced movement of the book.
I had not read the prior books but there was enough background given to make this book understandable although I wished I had read the stories in proper sequence. This story has a proper ending although it appeared to me that there might be a lead in to another story.Although designated a YA read, and containing some YA angst, this is interesting for more 'mature' readers too who enjoy paranormal battles.
[I received this book for review as part of a blog tour.]