The Gates of Sleep

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10 thoughts on “The Gates of Sleep

  1. Jeremy Preacher Jeremy Preacher says:

    I am not so much a fan of this one, although it s probably closer to the traditional Sleeping Beauty story than the previous ones have been to their source material It s not bad, just terribly unfocused.The whole series seems to have a pacing problem We re given fully a third of the book of scene setting that has, ultimately, nothing at all to do with the main conflict, another third of villainous cackling, and then a lightning fast resolution with a bonus romance thrown in with very little d I am not so much a fan of this one, although it s probably closer to the traditional Sleeping Beauty story than the previous ones have been to their source material It s not bad, just terribly unfocused.The whole series seems to have a pacing problem We re given fully a third of the book of scene setting that has, ultimately, nothing at all to do with the main conflict, another third of villainous cackling, and then a lightning fast resolution with a bonus romance thrown in with very little development.These villains are at least a littlebelievable they re amoral and are amassing power for its own sake, which isn t terribly nuanced but it s better than Lackey s default suffering and misery is so much fun to cause villain, which she slides back to distressingly often in this series And the mechanism of their evil is quite clever Sadly, it doesn t make up for the rest of the book


  2. Tanvi Tanvi says:

    3.5 stars The Gates of Sleep dragged a bit towards the middle, but in general it was still an appealing book I loved the double twist on the fairytale and the villains were, if still somewhat eyeroll worthy, then at least less so than in The Serpent s Shadow Seeing the Water magic performed was interesting, and the love story was less in focus this time around Everything was much subtler I like Maya better than Marina, purely in terms of colour she has a stronger force of personality an 3.5 stars The Gates of Sleep dragged a bit towards the middle, but in general it was still an appealing book I loved the double twist on the fairytale and the villains were, if still somewhat eyeroll worthy, then at least less so than in The Serpent s Shadow Seeing the Water magic performed was interesting, and the love story was less in focus this time around Everything was much subtler I like Maya better than Marina, purely in terms of colour she has a stronger force of personality and adistinctive role but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Marina as the country lady kept captive in the city There was a real sense of domesticity and of Marina s connection to her aunt and uncle and the local village people All the characters were wonderful.There were also none of the appropriation issues found in the previous book So based on that alone, it would merit half a star


  3. Jess Hale Jess Hale says:

    I nearly didn t re read this, remembering being bored with it and, yeah I was mostly bored with it I stopped at about 1 3 of the way through for a few days before powering through.Like a couple of other stories in this series, I think my main issue is the pacing there are so many pages devoted to set up with an abrupt unsatisfying climax, not to mention the chapters devoted to the gloating, eeeeeeevil antagonists point of view.For this particular book, I found myself frustrated with elemen I nearly didn t re read this, remembering being bored with it and, yeah I was mostly bored with it I stopped at about 1 3 of the way through for a few days before powering through.Like a couple of other stories in this series, I think my main issue is the pacing there are so many pages devoted to set up with an abrupt unsatisfying climax, not to mention the chapters devoted to the gloating, eeeeeeevil antagonists point of view.For this particular book, I found myself frustrated with elements that made no sense, or seemed ready to go somewhere but that were left dangling For instance and in no particular order view spoiler So much is made of Marina s plan to attempt to contact her guardians She finds pennies for stampswhich turn out to not be pennies What was the point of this plot point at all Then, when she manages several times to get out to the vicarage or the sanatorium or church, she doesn t as I thought she had planned to asked for help sending a letter It seems to me a LOT of plot would have been simplified if she had asked either of the very helpful gentlemen to send and receive a letter on her behalfwhich may have been why the author went to so much effort to frustrate or forget to make this happen Whhhyyyyyyy does no one tell Marina about the curse or her aunt Even when she is being sent away how do none of her guardians help her pack and take a second to say, oh by the way be careful of your aunt she s super evil Whyyyyyy At the start of the novel Marina is gifted with affinity with Air elementals, yet this never comes to anything I thought it might be a Chekhov s Gun kind of thing, but nope Nothing Marina s love of music told, never shown I never really got the sense that she actually loved music books, rather than instruments, were of comfort and use to her Reggie was a mage all along He knew Marina had shields What Where did this plot point come from, and what was the point of it hide spoiler So, those were some of the random bits and pieces that irked me.The other major one, and one I ve seen several other reviews mention, is the abrupt nature of the romance Marina and Andrew meet each other as far as I can tell only a few times, and he comes across to her as rather pompous and condescending I did enjoy the fact that Marina found healing something that was meaningful to her, and I could see the two of them developing a great working relationship that could turn into romance, but it was really out of left field and abrupt to have her decide that she must have fallen in love without realising it.I felt that there was no narrative reason that Marina needed a romance to give her impetus to get herself home She spent a lot of the novel grieving and in despair over being separated from her guardians, who she now knows have come to rescue her why can t her desperation to get back to THEM be what she needs to inspire her Plus as with other novels in this series the super evil antagonist is defeated with hardly any input from our heroine, especially not the satisfying defeat I really wanted I wanted Marina to confront Arachne about what she did and have a victory, but nope, never happened.At the end of the day, I don t think I ll bother re reading this one


  4. Katie Whitt Katie Whitt says:

    I m so happy I found this series Full disclosure I started reading it because we got the latest in at work and it features Sherlock Holmes and I am the biggest sucker for anything Holmes related, but I can t start a series towards the end, so I decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning One of life s great joys is finding a long running series that you had no idea existed but now you get to catch up on I liked the this one was easier to guess which fairy tale it was based on, I m so happy I found this series Full disclosure I started reading it because we got the latest in at work and it features Sherlock Holmes and I am the biggest sucker for anything Holmes related, but I can t start a series towards the end, so I decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning One of life s great joys is finding a long running series that you had no idea existed but now you get to catch up on I liked the this one was easier to guess which fairy tale it was based on, but that Lackey didn t do a slavish rendition of it There were enough nods, but it wasn t hitting you over the head the whole time The raging feminist inside me also appreciated that the main character rescues herself, instead of waiting for a man I actually ordered the next in the series, since I can already tell this is one that I ll want own


  5. Jill Furedy Jill Furedy says:

    Not as good as Fire Rose, better than Serpent s Shadow this is another one where s she spent too much time building the settings, forgot about creating suspense or romance, and then wrapped everything up in a hasty and ridiculous conclusion Even through the slow build, I was enjoying the book and for some reason that I can t pinpoint, connected better with Marina than I did with Maya in Serpent s Shadow, even though Maya hadpotentially interesting aspects to develop as a character The l Not as good as Fire Rose, better than Serpent s Shadow this is another one where s she spent too much time building the settings, forgot about creating suspense or romance, and then wrapped everything up in a hasty and ridiculous conclusion Even through the slow build, I was enjoying the book and for some reason that I can t pinpoint, connected better with Marina than I did with Maya in Serpent s Shadow, even though Maya hadpotentially interesting aspects to develop as a character The love interest didn t appear until about 200 pages in, only appears a couple times, and while I liked him, there was no chemistry and no time to develop it I also found it odd how we were introduced to the vicar, and spent some time with him and then he becomes a nonentity The servants who side with Marina instead of her aunt also had potential to add to the story, but instead hover in the background Marina s guardians are ridiculous I liked them at first, but after her evil aunt abducts her, they just shrug and hope for the best So by the time they reappear, I was annoyed at them and didn t care if they could contribute anything at that point I also realized at some point that this book mimics it s fairy tale better than Serpent s Shadow did, and that was the only reason I felt any suspensebecause I knew what had to be coming I actually liked Archane as a bad guy, but there was no sense of urgency as far as the curse s deadline, though they discussed it occasionally Reggie, on the other hand, was just along for the ride up until a point where they implied there may be a rift between mother and son, which seemed very intriguing And then totally fizzled out And Marina visits a pottery, which holds potential for conflict and further development of the storyline of the paintresses and Ellen Which also goes nowhere Such a shame that the book rushes to an ending right when things could have gotten interesting But as usual with Lackey s books, she does enough right to keep me hoping that the next book will be the one where all the potential will come to fruition


  6. May May says:

    This book is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale I ve been a fan of the author s earlier works her Valdemar series especially the early books was excellent I m a bit ambivalent about this one The author does a vivid and convincing job of setting up the magical world, which is one of her strengths And the first half of the book, describing how Marina the heroine is cursed and her life with her guardians and how she discovers and controls her magic is well done It s only after This book is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale I ve been a fan of the author s earlier works her Valdemar series especially the early books was excellent I m a bit ambivalent about this one The author does a vivid and convincing job of setting up the magical world, which is one of her strengths And the first half of the book, describing how Marina the heroine is cursed and her life with her guardians and how she discovers and controls her magic is well done It s only after Marina goes to live with the Maleficent equivalent that the book deteriorates You never get a good explanation as to why Maleficent is so bitter and hateful, and the love story with Marina is completely unconvincing In essence, there are several interactions where the hero behaves like a boor, and then Marina suddenly realizes she s in love with him Whatevs It s almost as if the author realized she hit her page limit but couldn t bear to cut any of the earlier story understandably and just rushed headlong into the climax and ending I do like the Elemental world that the author has created with this retelling of fairy tales and am likely to give the series onetry, but this book, while I liked it well enough, was far from the authors best work


  7. Grace Grace says:

    A pretty pleasurable read overall Mercedes Lackey, when I was 12 or so, was my first favorite author of my life, but I haven t read any of her books in years Due to a passionate interest in the Pre Raphaelites, the main character is brought up among Pre Raphaelite style artists I had this book recommended to me, and decided to try her work again Overall, this book is quite enjoyable, don t get me wrong But there s a reason it s not a 5 star book.The bad guys are absolutely flat as card A pretty pleasurable read overall Mercedes Lackey, when I was 12 or so, was my first favorite author of my life, but I haven t read any of her books in years Due to a passionate interest in the Pre Raphaelites, the main character is brought up among Pre Raphaelite style artists I had this book recommended to me, and decided to try her work again Overall, this book is quite enjoyable, don t get me wrong But there s a reason it s not a 5 star book.The bad guys are absolutely flat as cardboard stereotypical baddies They make foolish mistakes, and one never really gets a sense of a serious threat to any of the good guys because you can see how many mistakes the bad guys are making Also, the book seemed rather disjointed at timesinformation was brought up that seemed important, but was never used, and Lackey wasn t entirely successful with believably combining Victorian England with Elemental Magic.Because of these things, the book waslight a read than it seemed to be intended to be It was, however, still enjoyable


  8. Andrea Andrea says:

    This book was a bit of a change from previous installments of the Elemental Mage series as no one really goes to London There are some inconsistencies with the magic system Lackey had established in previous works, but I actually sort of like that element as it gives a feeling that magic is still a little unknown and some of the facts various characters impart arelike traditions and folk wisdom In this installment, Marina is cursed in her cradle and hidden with friends of her parents This book was a bit of a change from previous installments of the Elemental Mage series as no one really goes to London There are some inconsistencies with the magic system Lackey had established in previous works, but I actually sort of like that element as it gives a feeling that magic is still a little unknown and some of the facts various characters impart arelike traditions and folk wisdom In this installment, Marina is cursed in her cradle and hidden with friends of her parents Marina barely begins her magical training when a mysterious aunt shows up and whisks her away Marina is a bit different from Lackey s other heroines as she tends to beoutwardly passive, carefully observing and thinking before making her move There is also a lotin this book about traditional womenhood and training to become a proper lady and I found these details interesting Overall, another enjoyable escapist read


  9. Julia Julia says:

    As often happens in a series, after a few books the author starts phoning it in You need to engage in some serious suspension of disbelief in order to make it through this book Not with regards to any of the magical stuff, but on a basic plot level A lot of the plot relies on people not communicating super basic information I think two letters telegrams could have chopped this book in half.Possibly the best part of the book is a throw away line that a character is a priggish, smug, self righ As often happens in a series, after a few books the author starts phoning it in You need to engage in some serious suspension of disbelief in order to make it through this book Not with regards to any of the magical stuff, but on a basic plot level A lot of the plot relies on people not communicating super basic information I think two letters telegrams could have chopped this book in half.Possibly the best part of the book is a throw away line that a character is a priggish, smug, self righteous satanist


  10. Evann Evann says:

    idk not for me i guess i know certain people really like mercedes lackey and i can understand that but not for me it was insanely slow not much happened even to the end i thought something exciting might happen it was set up to bethan it ended up being, if that makes sense there was so much magic introduced and never mentioned again good not great would readlackey if i happen upon it.


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The Gates of Sleep ✅ The Gates of Sleep PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Mercedes Lackey – Polishdarling.co.uk Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practitioners of Elemental Magic But all is not well in this elegant, aristocratic household Evil portents have warned her father that Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practitioners The Gates ePUB Ù of Elemental Magic But all is not well in this elegant, aristocratic household Evil portents have warned her father that Marina will be killed before her eighteenth birthday by the hand of her own aunt And no one is sure is the family magic is powerful enough to overturn the prophesy.

    The Gates of Sleep PDF/EPUB ´ The Gates ePUB Ù before her eighteenth birthday by the hand of her own aunt And no one is sure is the family magic is powerful enough to overturn the prophesy."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 389 pages
  • The Gates of Sleep
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • English
  • 13 December 2019
  • 0756400600

About the Author: Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes entered this world on June , , in Chicago, had The Gates ePUB Ù a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in During the late s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, somethingthan flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website.



10 thoughts on “The Gates of Sleep

  1. Jeremy Preacher Jeremy Preacher says:

    I am not so much a fan of this one, although it s probably closer to the traditional Sleeping Beauty story than the previous ones have been to their source material It s not bad, just terribly unfocused.The whole series seems to have a pacing problem We re given fully a third of the book of scene setting that has, ultimately, nothing at all to do with the main conflict, another third of villainous cackling, and then a lightning fast resolution with a bonus romance thrown in with very little d I am not so much a fan of this one, although it s probably closer to the traditional Sleeping Beauty story than the previous ones have been to their source material It s not bad, just terribly unfocused.The whole series seems to have a pacing problem We re given fully a third of the book of scene setting that has, ultimately, nothing at all to do with the main conflict, another third of villainous cackling, and then a lightning fast resolution with a bonus romance thrown in with very little development.These villains are at least a littlebelievable they re amoral and are amassing power for its own sake, which isn t terribly nuanced but it s better than Lackey s default suffering and misery is so much fun to cause villain, which she slides back to distressingly often in this series And the mechanism of their evil is quite clever Sadly, it doesn t make up for the rest of the book


  2. Tanvi Tanvi says:

    3.5 stars The Gates of Sleep dragged a bit towards the middle, but in general it was still an appealing book I loved the double twist on the fairytale and the villains were, if still somewhat eyeroll worthy, then at least less so than in The Serpent s Shadow Seeing the Water magic performed was interesting, and the love story was less in focus this time around Everything was much subtler I like Maya better than Marina, purely in terms of colour she has a stronger force of personality an 3.5 stars The Gates of Sleep dragged a bit towards the middle, but in general it was still an appealing book I loved the double twist on the fairytale and the villains were, if still somewhat eyeroll worthy, then at least less so than in The Serpent s Shadow Seeing the Water magic performed was interesting, and the love story was less in focus this time around Everything was much subtler I like Maya better than Marina, purely in terms of colour she has a stronger force of personality and adistinctive role but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Marina as the country lady kept captive in the city There was a real sense of domesticity and of Marina s connection to her aunt and uncle and the local village people All the characters were wonderful.There were also none of the appropriation issues found in the previous book So based on that alone, it would merit half a star


  3. Jess Hale Jess Hale says:

    I nearly didn t re read this, remembering being bored with it and, yeah I was mostly bored with it I stopped at about 1 3 of the way through for a few days before powering through.Like a couple of other stories in this series, I think my main issue is the pacing there are so many pages devoted to set up with an abrupt unsatisfying climax, not to mention the chapters devoted to the gloating, eeeeeeevil antagonists point of view.For this particular book, I found myself frustrated with elemen I nearly didn t re read this, remembering being bored with it and, yeah I was mostly bored with it I stopped at about 1 3 of the way through for a few days before powering through.Like a couple of other stories in this series, I think my main issue is the pacing there are so many pages devoted to set up with an abrupt unsatisfying climax, not to mention the chapters devoted to the gloating, eeeeeeevil antagonists point of view.For this particular book, I found myself frustrated with elements that made no sense, or seemed ready to go somewhere but that were left dangling For instance and in no particular order view spoiler So much is made of Marina s plan to attempt to contact her guardians She finds pennies for stampswhich turn out to not be pennies What was the point of this plot point at all Then, when she manages several times to get out to the vicarage or the sanatorium or church, she doesn t as I thought she had planned to asked for help sending a letter It seems to me a LOT of plot would have been simplified if she had asked either of the very helpful gentlemen to send and receive a letter on her behalfwhich may have been why the author went to so much effort to frustrate or forget to make this happen Whhhyyyyyyy does no one tell Marina about the curse or her aunt Even when she is being sent away how do none of her guardians help her pack and take a second to say, oh by the way be careful of your aunt she s super evil Whyyyyyy At the start of the novel Marina is gifted with affinity with Air elementals, yet this never comes to anything I thought it might be a Chekhov s Gun kind of thing, but nope Nothing Marina s love of music told, never shown I never really got the sense that she actually loved music books, rather than instruments, were of comfort and use to her Reggie was a mage all along He knew Marina had shields What Where did this plot point come from, and what was the point of it hide spoiler So, those were some of the random bits and pieces that irked me.The other major one, and one I ve seen several other reviews mention, is the abrupt nature of the romance Marina and Andrew meet each other as far as I can tell only a few times, and he comes across to her as rather pompous and condescending I did enjoy the fact that Marina found healing something that was meaningful to her, and I could see the two of them developing a great working relationship that could turn into romance, but it was really out of left field and abrupt to have her decide that she must have fallen in love without realising it.I felt that there was no narrative reason that Marina needed a romance to give her impetus to get herself home She spent a lot of the novel grieving and in despair over being separated from her guardians, who she now knows have come to rescue her why can t her desperation to get back to THEM be what she needs to inspire her Plus as with other novels in this series the super evil antagonist is defeated with hardly any input from our heroine, especially not the satisfying defeat I really wanted I wanted Marina to confront Arachne about what she did and have a victory, but nope, never happened.At the end of the day, I don t think I ll bother re reading this one


  4. Katie Whitt Katie Whitt says:

    I m so happy I found this series Full disclosure I started reading it because we got the latest in at work and it features Sherlock Holmes and I am the biggest sucker for anything Holmes related, but I can t start a series towards the end, so I decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning One of life s great joys is finding a long running series that you had no idea existed but now you get to catch up on I liked the this one was easier to guess which fairy tale it was based on, I m so happy I found this series Full disclosure I started reading it because we got the latest in at work and it features Sherlock Holmes and I am the biggest sucker for anything Holmes related, but I can t start a series towards the end, so I decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning One of life s great joys is finding a long running series that you had no idea existed but now you get to catch up on I liked the this one was easier to guess which fairy tale it was based on, but that Lackey didn t do a slavish rendition of it There were enough nods, but it wasn t hitting you over the head the whole time The raging feminist inside me also appreciated that the main character rescues herself, instead of waiting for a man I actually ordered the next in the series, since I can already tell this is one that I ll want own


  5. Jill Furedy Jill Furedy says:

    Not as good as Fire Rose, better than Serpent s Shadow this is another one where s she spent too much time building the settings, forgot about creating suspense or romance, and then wrapped everything up in a hasty and ridiculous conclusion Even through the slow build, I was enjoying the book and for some reason that I can t pinpoint, connected better with Marina than I did with Maya in Serpent s Shadow, even though Maya hadpotentially interesting aspects to develop as a character The l Not as good as Fire Rose, better than Serpent s Shadow this is another one where s she spent too much time building the settings, forgot about creating suspense or romance, and then wrapped everything up in a hasty and ridiculous conclusion Even through the slow build, I was enjoying the book and for some reason that I can t pinpoint, connected better with Marina than I did with Maya in Serpent s Shadow, even though Maya hadpotentially interesting aspects to develop as a character The love interest didn t appear until about 200 pages in, only appears a couple times, and while I liked him, there was no chemistry and no time to develop it I also found it odd how we were introduced to the vicar, and spent some time with him and then he becomes a nonentity The servants who side with Marina instead of her aunt also had potential to add to the story, but instead hover in the background Marina s guardians are ridiculous I liked them at first, but after her evil aunt abducts her, they just shrug and hope for the best So by the time they reappear, I was annoyed at them and didn t care if they could contribute anything at that point I also realized at some point that this book mimics it s fairy tale better than Serpent s Shadow did, and that was the only reason I felt any suspensebecause I knew what had to be coming I actually liked Archane as a bad guy, but there was no sense of urgency as far as the curse s deadline, though they discussed it occasionally Reggie, on the other hand, was just along for the ride up until a point where they implied there may be a rift between mother and son, which seemed very intriguing And then totally fizzled out And Marina visits a pottery, which holds potential for conflict and further development of the storyline of the paintresses and Ellen Which also goes nowhere Such a shame that the book rushes to an ending right when things could have gotten interesting But as usual with Lackey s books, she does enough right to keep me hoping that the next book will be the one where all the potential will come to fruition


  6. May May says:

    This book is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale I ve been a fan of the author s earlier works her Valdemar series especially the early books was excellent I m a bit ambivalent about this one The author does a vivid and convincing job of setting up the magical world, which is one of her strengths And the first half of the book, describing how Marina the heroine is cursed and her life with her guardians and how she discovers and controls her magic is well done It s only after This book is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale I ve been a fan of the author s earlier works her Valdemar series especially the early books was excellent I m a bit ambivalent about this one The author does a vivid and convincing job of setting up the magical world, which is one of her strengths And the first half of the book, describing how Marina the heroine is cursed and her life with her guardians and how she discovers and controls her magic is well done It s only after Marina goes to live with the Maleficent equivalent that the book deteriorates You never get a good explanation as to why Maleficent is so bitter and hateful, and the love story with Marina is completely unconvincing In essence, there are several interactions where the hero behaves like a boor, and then Marina suddenly realizes she s in love with him Whatevs It s almost as if the author realized she hit her page limit but couldn t bear to cut any of the earlier story understandably and just rushed headlong into the climax and ending I do like the Elemental world that the author has created with this retelling of fairy tales and am likely to give the series onetry, but this book, while I liked it well enough, was far from the authors best work


  7. Grace Grace says:

    A pretty pleasurable read overall Mercedes Lackey, when I was 12 or so, was my first favorite author of my life, but I haven t read any of her books in years Due to a passionate interest in the Pre Raphaelites, the main character is brought up among Pre Raphaelite style artists I had this book recommended to me, and decided to try her work again Overall, this book is quite enjoyable, don t get me wrong But there s a reason it s not a 5 star book.The bad guys are absolutely flat as card A pretty pleasurable read overall Mercedes Lackey, when I was 12 or so, was my first favorite author of my life, but I haven t read any of her books in years Due to a passionate interest in the Pre Raphaelites, the main character is brought up among Pre Raphaelite style artists I had this book recommended to me, and decided to try her work again Overall, this book is quite enjoyable, don t get me wrong But there s a reason it s not a 5 star book.The bad guys are absolutely flat as cardboard stereotypical baddies They make foolish mistakes, and one never really gets a sense of a serious threat to any of the good guys because you can see how many mistakes the bad guys are making Also, the book seemed rather disjointed at timesinformation was brought up that seemed important, but was never used, and Lackey wasn t entirely successful with believably combining Victorian England with Elemental Magic.Because of these things, the book waslight a read than it seemed to be intended to be It was, however, still enjoyable


  8. Andrea Andrea says:

    This book was a bit of a change from previous installments of the Elemental Mage series as no one really goes to London There are some inconsistencies with the magic system Lackey had established in previous works, but I actually sort of like that element as it gives a feeling that magic is still a little unknown and some of the facts various characters impart arelike traditions and folk wisdom In this installment, Marina is cursed in her cradle and hidden with friends of her parents This book was a bit of a change from previous installments of the Elemental Mage series as no one really goes to London There are some inconsistencies with the magic system Lackey had established in previous works, but I actually sort of like that element as it gives a feeling that magic is still a little unknown and some of the facts various characters impart arelike traditions and folk wisdom In this installment, Marina is cursed in her cradle and hidden with friends of her parents Marina barely begins her magical training when a mysterious aunt shows up and whisks her away Marina is a bit different from Lackey s other heroines as she tends to beoutwardly passive, carefully observing and thinking before making her move There is also a lotin this book about traditional womenhood and training to become a proper lady and I found these details interesting Overall, another enjoyable escapist read


  9. Julia Julia says:

    As often happens in a series, after a few books the author starts phoning it in You need to engage in some serious suspension of disbelief in order to make it through this book Not with regards to any of the magical stuff, but on a basic plot level A lot of the plot relies on people not communicating super basic information I think two letters telegrams could have chopped this book in half.Possibly the best part of the book is a throw away line that a character is a priggish, smug, self righ As often happens in a series, after a few books the author starts phoning it in You need to engage in some serious suspension of disbelief in order to make it through this book Not with regards to any of the magical stuff, but on a basic plot level A lot of the plot relies on people not communicating super basic information I think two letters telegrams could have chopped this book in half.Possibly the best part of the book is a throw away line that a character is a priggish, smug, self righteous satanist


  10. Evann Evann says:

    idk not for me i guess i know certain people really like mercedes lackey and i can understand that but not for me it was insanely slow not much happened even to the end i thought something exciting might happen it was set up to bethan it ended up being, if that makes sense there was so much magic introduced and never mentioned again good not great would readlackey if i happen upon it.


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