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- Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (March 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UT0VA6O
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Oops! Emily had agreed to host the Faire at the Barony of Cockatrice but she had left ALL of the arrangements to her steward Bryon, who unfortunately did the minimum possible. Magicians from all over the Allied Lands sent in payments for stalls.
Emily thought she knew something about the Faire, having attended it after her Second Year.
The Faire at Cockatrice, she finds out, will be some two to three times larger (at least) and BOTH of the famously feuding magical families the Ashworths and the Ashfells plan to attend. (Think the Hatfields and the McCoys but with magic! Yes, THAT type of bloodfeud!) She finds out, much too late, that the families are used to hosts throwing a die and then inviting EITHER one, but never BOTH, to a given event.
Plus, Emily gets to the Faire and discovers that the planners had expected her to hire the extra security which would be needed whereas she had expected the planners to provide security as well as all of the other expected details.
Emily can't send half (or more) of the planned attendees home without grievous insult PLUS she would have to refund their stall fees (and who knows what else).
Oh, well. It's not like Emily has had a quiet summer since she came to the Nameless World anyway!
Too many of the books in this series center on Emily's ignorance and the poor decisions she makes out of it. Everyone who is older and/or has authority over her feels quite happy to point out her flaws and tell her "you're arrogant and ignorant and you're going to get people hurt" and yet none of these people, even those who do care about Emily, have ever taken the time to talk to her about her world or to discover what sorts of things she might not know/have trouble understanding/not believe.
Lady Barb is the worst offender. She knows that Emily never had anyone she could rely on, no mother or father worthy of the name, and Lady Barb knows why Emily is ignorant...and yet Lady Barb is constantly saying scathing things about Emily's decisions, threatening to punish her for them and now is complaining that Emily acts 'like a child in a woman's body.' Haven't Lady Barb and the Grandmaster figured out yet that Emily needs some remedial education and training in the history, customs and mores of her new society? Many books ago, the Grandmaster told Emily that Lady Barb would talk to Emily, find out what she was missing or ignorant of, and fill in the blanks. Obviously Lady Barb didn't do it, or didn't do it enough, and Emily is still paying the price. Worse, Emily is being encouraged to blame herself for all her deficiencies, and she ricochets between resentment of other people's authority, grasping at straws during crises, and then blaming herself for making poor choices, all without any real sense of what else she could have done instead or getting any useful feedback from those people who claim to care for her. None of Emily's reactions will lead her to develop the self-confidence and ability to trust herself and others that Emily desperately needs in order to fulfill herself, discipline her powers and ameliorate the consequences of her actions.
Lady Barb spent months helping Emily practice pocket dimension and warding spells, because she knows Emily needs to engage her magic responsibly, yet Barb seems to feel that Emily should just know how to be a baroness and how to carry out her legal, political and social obligations--Lady Barb acts like Emily just should be able to identify all the things that she doesn't know and no one else has thought to tell her, and feels it's Emily's fault if she doesn't know to ask even. It's unreasonable of Lady Barb to have done nothing to help/force Emily to come to grips with her responsibilities as a baroness. If the issue were her magic, Lady Barb wouldn't hesitate to make Emily practice and to punish her if she didn't, yet when the problem is her political/social power, Lady Barb feels entitled to stand back, watch her fail and scold her for it.
No, Emily has not been adult in the way she approaches her barony, but then again, those who know how much help adjusting and learning Emily needs, and why, have not bothered to provide it for her, they have not identified her blind spots for themselves, nor have they made her take the opportunity to address them. Yes, she bears some blame here, but so do they and they seem happy to have her take the whole burden on herself.
It's time for Nuttall to address this imbalance and do something about it. If Emily keeps to her pattern of allowing herself to make desperate decisions in the moment, something will eventually go so wrong that she won't be able to fix or ignore it. At that point, Lady Barb, the Grandmaster and Sergeant Miles all can stand around heaping blame on Emily's shoulders all they like, but their actions won't help their world either.
After the slightly mixed feelings I had for book 5 of the series, book 6 is a clear return to quality. Emily is again growing as a person, and since she is still an alien in her new world, makes predictable but quite realistic mistakes. When you are a somewhat socially awkward modern woman, you probably don't know much about dynastic feuds or realize their significance in medieval culture after all.
This one was a really fun read, and established a great feud for future book(s). If book 5 of the series could be subtitled "Careful what you promise" book 6 may as well be known as "Good intentions... don't act on them.. just don't"
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