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Tailspin Paperback – April 28, 2009
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When Denise Rossetti was very small, she had an aunt who would tell her the most wonderful fairy tales - all original. Denise grew up, as little girls do, but the magic of story still dazzles and enthralls her. On the good days, she likes to think of herself as Scheherazade's sister. On the bad days - not so much.
She remains an incurable romantic who loves happy endings, heart-pounding adventure and the eventual triumph of good over evil. All hail the guys in the white hats - unless the ones wearing black are more...um...interesting?
Denise lives in a comfortable, messy old house in the Australian suburbs. She's small, noisy and tends to wave her hands around a lot, which can be unfortunate if the tale she's telling happens to have explosions in it.
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Fledge is a Story Witch, part of a traveling circus. While collecting carcasses to feed the animals in the menagerie, she discovers the body of a strange winged man with a tail, a type of being she's never seen before in all of her travels. He's not dead, only wounded, and she sneaks him back to her wagon to nurse him back to health, knowing that if he's discovered, the cruel leader of the circus will imprison him as part of the show.
Miriliel is an Aetherii, a creation of The Firsters through the long-forgotten "magic" of gene-splicing. They settled the planet Phoenix (the meaning of that reference is forgotten, too), a world in which cities are built on the leaves of giant plants that float on the surface of the ocean.
Miriliel, or Mirry as he's called, is a scholar compiling an encyclopedia of the Ten Nations and their various customs, flora and fauna. His fascinated reaction when he discovers a cat that's kept as a pet by one of the women who works for the fair is very amusing. He'd heard of them, of course, because it was known that The Firsters brought cats and dogs to the new world, but cats did not thrive. We learn more of this world through Mirry's encyclopedia entries that begin each chapter.
In the course of his travels, Mirry and his best friend Jan were set upon by assassins. Believing they'd killed Mirry, they threw his body into a carcass pit. Mirry fears his friend has fared no better. Unbeknownst to Mirry, Jan has been kidnapped by a demon who inhabits the body of a famous opera singer who had been thrilled to find a pair of the legendary Aetherii. The demon's intent is to leach Jan's life out bit by bit.
Plain little Fledge, an ordinary human, tells stories at the fair for her living. Once it's discovered that she'd hidden this fascinating man from the fair's leader, she's sentenced to be whipped. Mirry, having recovered, pays a huge sum to the fair leader to spare her and to "rent" her for two weeks to tell him of the things she's seen in her life with the fair. Fledge has been the victim of abuse and the book details her battle to learn to trust and to gain her own self-confidence.
And that's just the beginning. Love triangles, daring escapes, battles with demons.... The book is a well-written, entertaining read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to fans of fantasy romance.
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Good writing and interesting plot
Absolutely LOVED Mirry & Fledge- would have loved to have seen a babe from these...Read more