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- Print Length: 247 pages
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- Publication Date: January 18, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7U126K
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The story starts with Katie Lin who, while appearing human, is a bit more. Unlike the "Ever-Dying" ("humans" or as J.K. Rowling called them, "muggles"), Katie is magical. In her world, the "Ever-Dying" read about magic but don't think it's real, like many people believe about angels and demons in our world.
The book immediately kicks off with Katie on the run with someone from one of the other magical races without a clue as to why she's running or why she's being pursued. The rest of the book cleverly reveals what's happening in the background.
There was quite a bit of world building including multiple races and worlds in an urban fantasy setting and pocket universes if you still need more. The relationship between the races and their worlds and between the races, while derived from classic myth (with some mutation), was consistent and relatively balanced.
In fact, the book had to flip back and forth from the story to explanation about the races and worlds to provide the context for what was happening. This would be a great introductory book to the series where later books could focus just on the story.
The plot, characters, and settings were all plausible and well developed. Each character had its own voice. Many of the races drawn from classic mythology (e.g., the Seelie Fey) reminded me a lot of Kevin Hearne's books. Some of the faces (e.g., the Fey) might be contrasted with elves but in this world are quite different; "Fey are not woodsy. They're deep into tech; they love it, and they're really good at it." These differences added to the story rather than detracting.
Merlin ("Myrddhin") turns out to be Katie's uncle. There are dragons, centaurs, a naga (and other creatures) in the book; there are even "merlions". At one point, Katie kept her belongings in a duffle-bag of holding. "The Hush" sounded like something out of a recent season of Doctor Who.
I enjoyed the writing in the book. "...the unexpected only works once." "Response is indicative of essence." "...exsanguinates the grandeur." +1 for using the word "kajigger".
One of the phrases used in reference to the book, referring to Katie Lin, is "...and one seriously underestimated damsel". This needs to be on the cover.
To be completely fair, I'm not the biggest sci-fi/fantasy fan. However I'm glad that I took the time to read this book. I found myself enthralled by the worlds that Ruthanne described, all of the unique and interesting characters that her words brought to life, and to top it off, a story that made it difficult to stop reading.
I highly recommend this book, I can't wait to read more of Ruthanne's books!
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book for an honest review.
I was drawn into the story by Katie Lin, a strong character with plenty of history and a penchant for sarcasm. Living a comfortable life away from magic, she spends the first quarter of the story defending her right to her chosen existence. By the time she gets jerked back into the magical world by her buddy Bran, the Crow King, and the cryptic prophecies of a clamshell, I was hooked. Katie moves through the story on her wits alone. Okay, I grant you that Bran's ability to rip a doorway between worlds comes in handy. But Katie solves her own problems, and finds her way into, and out of, her own dilemmas. Halfway through the book, when Katie realizes the only person who can save her is Katie, my eyes were glued to my tablet.
Several times I tried to skim through explanations of Katie's magical history. Each time, Reid pulled me back by referencing something I needed to know that I should have read. Not once was I tempted to read the end of the story before its time.
Reid has written a tightly woven story filled with comprehensible worlds, well-developed characters, and an engaging plot. She tied up the loose ends but left plenty untold to fill future books in the series. Don't be fooled by the word "series." Smart, funny, and approachable, this book stands nicely by itself.