Stars: Four out of five.Review format: Note plus links. Summary: Kate Archer left home years ago, swearing that she would die before she returned to Maine. As plans go, it was a pretty good one — simple and straightforward.
Not quite fast enough, though.
Before she can quite manage the dying part, Kate gets notice that her grandmother is missing, leaving the carousel that is the family business untended.
And in Archers Beach, that means ‘way more trouble than just a foreclosure.. (quoted from publisher site) Provenance: purchased from baen after enjoying free sample chapters.
Good book, go read it. I would love to read more by this author and especially in this world with these characters.
Very good evocation of small resort-town Maine, and the difficulties of an unwanted family heritage. I would love to read the backstory of Kate’s life as a programmer… was magic at all a part of her life ‘out there’?
Oh yes, and one more thing. I found this cover off-putting: owned the book for a year before reading it. The cover you see here looks very… hmm… wispy-ethereal-gothic – and I don’t like all that swooning. But in fact the book is quite gritty and down-to-earth. So, don’t pre-judge the book by this cover. 🙂
Linkage, some Spoilage below
Links and other reviews (added by me, not generated)
- Read some sample chapters for free at the publisher’s site.
- Maybe buy it yourself!
- Deepali ranked this book 4/5 stars – coincidentally she also found this book via Baen online. I agree with both her ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ comments.
- Wikipedia about Sharon Lee.
- Mervi liked the audio-book, and provides a more helpful review than I have 🙂
- Sharon Lee’s website
Things I liked (including some spoilers)
- The world is nicely detailed, but does not overwhelm you with in-jokes or references to stories already told. The back-story is so rich, I was somewhat worried that I was joining a series of books already in progress. I don’t think that’s the case, but perhaps.
- Oh, hey, a later thought. I was considering whether to add the ‘urban fantasy’ tag, but the size of Archer’s Beach means I should instead call it ‘small-town fantasy’. And this makes me realize: there’s a fair amount in common here with some of the darker books by Charles DeLint.
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