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Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters, Book 3) Hardcover – October 5, 2004
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"With colorful characters, Lackey makes her variation of the Sleeping Beauty story great fun to read."—Booklist
"[Lackey] turns her hand to historical fantasy in this intriguing and compelling re-creation of England in the waning days of its imperial glory."—Library Journal
"Beautiful phrasing and a thorough grounding in the dress, mannerisms and history of the period help move the story along gracefully...fully fleshed out and credible. This is a wonderful example of a new look at an old theme."—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.
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I especially enjoyed that Eleanor, to the extent she could, saved HERSELF from the evil Elemental Master stepmother! Yes, she had help from her godmother Sarah, but her godmother was only the village witch, not an Elemental Master herself.
But Sarah did recognize that Eleanor had enough potential to become an Elemental Master someday in her own right, with the right training.
Again, I also especially enjoyed seeing Dr. Maya Scott again (from the Serpent's Shadow, bk 1). What good is it to have a series if you can't bring back characters from earlier books!
As always with a Mercedes Lackey series, highly recommended!
Eleanor is both one of my most and least favourite heroines in this series. It's worth the trudge through the first few chapters to get at the meat of the story, where Eleanor realises that whinging will get her nowhere and putting that Fiery temper to work will get her right where she longs to be. A loss of one star for the rocky start.
Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series has been a true joy to read and this book is no exception. What you think is Pure Escapist reading suddenly grabs at your heart with insightful details of the horrors of war and its effects on both the participants and the spectators. It leads you through the sometimes dark maze as both Eleanor and her "Prince" pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and find happiness in a land torn by more than the war. An exceptional and somewhat thought provoking work of fiction with enough real world fact to make it both gripping and realistic!
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