- Series: The Serrated Edge
- Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Baen (February 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780671578527
- ISBN-13: 978-0671578527
- ASIN: 0671578529
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Romance, action intrigue all blend in a believable fantastic setting. Fans of Lackey and fantasy will be delighted. . . ". -- Kliatt
From the Back Cover
ELVES AT THE WHEEL, KIDS ON THE EDGE
There are elves out there. And, mostly, they're the good guys. Oh, they drive too fast [they love hot cars] but we'll forgive them that since they also make a habit of rescuing children in peril.
But this time it isn't just the children who are in peril. Jamie's father has joined a fanatical cult that is in contact with a supernatural entity that is ancient, powerful -- and unspeakably evil. And Amanda is an abused little girl who has unheard of psychic powers. In her pain, she might lash out and destroy Earth and Faerie both!
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The books are some of the best I've ever read. When you can't put the books down, when they make you cry, when they make you feel sick, that means that you are reading some darn-fine material. Both of the books deal with the matter of child abuse and torture, a subject most people don't even think about on their own time. Mercedes Lackey deftly combines Urban Fantasy with a real social issue, something I admire greatly.
Wheels of Fire is the story of the kidnapping of a young boy, a medium, and his rescue. He has been kidnapped by a fanatical cult but with the help of the elf Alinor (a race car driver) and his human mechanic/mage friend Bob, they try to save the day. It's a pretty fast-paced book and the characters are absolutely amazing. It's not a book you can put down with ease. You HAVE to know: does Jamie get out? It's postively gripping.
As for When the Bough Breaks, this book is even tougher to read than Wheels. It's a story about child abuse and the results. It deals with several young girls and a gaelic witch trapped together in one body, multiple facets of her personality. It's up to Maclyn, an elf, and Amanda's schoolteacher Lianne to save her from destroying herself and the elfhame with her out of control magic and fury.
If you like urban fantasy, stories that deal with elves and whatnot in the present day, you'll like these books a lot. They are gripping and the characterization is astounding. If you like urban fantasy but can't stomach the sometimes horrifying child abuse, read her other reprint: The Chrome Born. Chrome stars the powerful human mage Tannim and a cast of elves, kids, and kitsune.
These are my favorites of Mercedes lackey's books, even surpassing her Valdemar series. They are excellent
(I'm posting this ahead of time because alot of people are buying her THE CHROME-BORNE and finding out too late that it's just a reprint of a couple of the Tannim/Urban Fantasy books.)