- Series: Elemental Masters (Book 8)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756408016
- ISBN-13: 978-0756408015
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 190 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Elemental Masters series:
“The Paris of Degas, turn-of-the-century Blackpool, and the desperation of young girls without family or other protection come to life in a story that should interest a broad readership.” —Booklist
“All in fine fairy-tale tradition…. It’s grim fun, with some nice historical detail, and just a hint of romance to help lighten things.” —Locus
“The action and dialogue flow freely, mingling with beautiful descriptions of European countryside and just a hint of romance…. A well-developed heroine and engaging story.” —Publishers Weekly
“The fifth in the series involving the mysterious Elemental Masters, this story of a resourceful young dancer also delivers a new version of a classic fairy tale. Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“Lackey’s fantastical world of Elementals, plus her delightful Nan and Sarah, create an amusing contrast for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson…. The mix of humor, history, fantasy, and mystery is balanced in a way that any reader could pick up the book and thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end.” —RT Reviews
“The Elementals novels are beautiful, romantic adult fairy tales. Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy.” —Worlds of Wonder
“Ms. Lackey is a master in fantasy, and this visit to an alternate historical England is no exception. Vivid characterization and believable surroundings are flawlessly joined in a well-detailed world.” —Darque Reviews
"I find Ms. Lackey's Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy."
—Fantasy Book Spot
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 or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.
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(Also most of the stories in this series have been retellings of fairy tales and I couldn't tell if this one wasn't or if it just was a tale I'm not familiar with, but I couldn't link Home from the Sea to a specific fairy tale either and I liked that one quite a bit.)
Katie is not that woman, and I can appreciate Lackey's initiative in branching out and exploring themes that refresh what is in other ways very similar to Reserved for the Cat. It's also a clever way to incorporate the Tin Soldier tale that was the base for this story.
Katie is a woman dealing with an extremely violent and unpredictable husband, and has finally mustered the courage to run from him and try to forge her own way in a world not inclined to support her. She's not assertive. She doesn't stick up for herself as much as we would like. And when the bastard finally finds her - she doesn't take her discovered abilities to immolate him on the spot, no matter how we all wish she would. While the new friends in her life help as much as they can, they are hamstrung by the law and the bastard's temper.
The fact that she is, out of necessity, quite meek can be off putting. It's okay to feel this way, as a reader. This book may not be for you.
This book may speak more to someone who needs quieter examples of courage and strength, and reassurance that help of some sort can be found. Society has come so far since the Victorian era - but not far enough, and regrettably, this is still an issue that spouses must deal with from their S.O.s. Those men and women need protagonists too.
Everything was interesting until the antagonist showed up near the end. At that point it was a chore to continue and I ended up skimming quite a bit. The book ended very abruptly in my opinion and there were a number of unexplained mysteries.