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The Wild Ways (The Enchantment Emporium) Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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“Zingy characterizations and a quick pace are the book’s strong points.... Fans of the previous book will hit the ground running.” —Publishers Weekly
"Combining Celtic folklore, musical references, and a love of nature and magic, this sequel to The Enchantment Emporium will appeal to Huff’s many fans and to readers who like their urban fantasy with more depth and character development.” —Library Journal
“Timely environmental themes can easily draw in new readers.” —RT Book Reviews
“It’s a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.” —Locus
“Quintessential Huff -- sharp, clean, funny. A heady mix of music, place and people that rings true on every level. Once again, I find myself hoping that this is a series that will go on.” —Green Man Review
"Combined with Huff’s ability to blend ancient traditions seamlessly into the modern world and making them seem perfectly normal and characters who are appealing and fun to hang out with, you’re in for an amazing read. A perfect example of how there’s more to urban fantasy than teenage girls swooning over the undead and how so many others are failing to exploit the genre’s full potential.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
About the Author
Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.
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The events in The Wild Ways follow about six months or so after the Enchantment Emporium ends. Jack who is now living with Allie & her partner is bored as only a 14 year old half dragon prince/half Gale Boy teenager can be. He isn't the only one. Charlie (Charlotte Marie) Gale, who as a Wild Gale cousin can not be held down to a place, is also bored with her country music band and her life in general. By various means Jack & Charlie end up on the other end of Canada in Halifax participating in the Celtic music festival scene & getting involved on the side of a "save the seals" environmentalist group who are protesting an offshore shallow water drilling project. It goes without saying I hope that Selkies, Goblins, Trolls and other fey creatures are integral to the plot ;-).
I was afraid at the debut that Huff would sacrifice the story & characters for some heavy handed political/environmental message but I had no reason to fear. While Amelia Carlson was clearly the ugly corporate antagonist in the story (owner of Carlson Oil and willing to use unethical means to get her oil well drilling permits), Huff makes it clear through Charlie's clear-eyed gaze that the Selkies aren't above manipulating humans for their own selfish ends and that environmental success comes at the expense of increased human suffering (unemployment & the resulting poverty) for the locals that the Selkies really couldn't care less about. The ultimate puppet master is Auntie Catherine (who wasn't dead after all) who goes mano a mano (sort of) with Charlie at the end in support of the oil drilling effort and the unexpected hero of the story is Jack (maybe not such a surprise if you are paying attention).
Bravo Tanya Huff.
May I add, that it is a pleasure to read such a superb fantasy novel (well written & great story) compared with all the ... ahem... *stuff* that Amazon is pushing at me these days with 5 star reviews no less! Some writers, editors & publishers are obviously getting all their relatives & friends on board to lie for them when writing those reviews. Tanya Huff needs none of that, the quality of her work stands on its own.
Charlie Gale is a wild power and she is a musician. Being a wild power and a musician means that she doesn't settle the way most Gale women do. While taking part in a music festival in Cape Bretton, she gets mixed up with with a bunch of Selkies who have lost their skins and an oil company that wants to drill in the Selkies' home sea. The oil company has hired Charlie's Aunt Catherine who is another wild power to blackmail the Selkies into cooperating in the drilling.
Now, Charlie has to pit her music and her magic against her aunt's formidable powers. Fortunately, she has an ally in her cousin Jack who happens to be, besides a 14-year-old Gale boy, a dragon and a sorcerer. I loved Charlie and loved the references to geekdom. Not being a full-fledged geek myself, I'm sure that I missed some references. The ones I got amused me greatly.
This story was packed with adventure, excitement and magic. The adventure continues in THE FUTURE FALLS.
So of course, when I found out that Charlie had a book of her own, I had to have it as soon as possible. I didn't just read this novel, I devoured it. I sat down and read it all the way through, then started over and read it again. The characters are amazing, and the amount of character development involved for Charlie is just beautiful. (I can't argue with the involvement of cousin Jack either, who was incredibly fun to read about).
I would definitely recommend that you read Enchantment Emporium first, to get an idea of the world setup and learn more about the Gale family, but this book is worth getting through that one, and then some.