- Mass Market Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1 edition (28 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765364891
- ISBN-13: 978-0765364890
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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Black Swan Rising Mass Market Paperback – 28 Aug 2012
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"Writing under the pseudonym Lee Carroll, Carol Goodman (Arcadia Falls; The Night Villa) and her husband, poet Lee Slonimsky, launch an urban fantasy series with an unusual heroine. Fans of Charles de Lint and Mercedes Lackey should enjoy this vibrant addition to the urban fantasy genre." --Library Journal
"In Black Swan Rising Lee Carroll creates an unsuspected Manhattan touched by magic, and reinvents the epic quest in a startling contemporary way. It's Pandora's Box turned cybernetic!" --Eric Ormsby
"Clever and assured, with an authentic NYC setting." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
LEE CARROLL is a collaboration between Hammett Awardwinning mystery novelist Carol Goodman and her poet and hedge fund manager husband, Lee Slonimsky. Carol and Lee live in Great Neck, New York.
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Overall this a great lil ‘fantasy-mythical’ type story. A good introduction into this book series.
It took me a few chapters to get drawn in and to get that must-keep-reading state. But characters are introduced at a good rate; the story is set. And then everything starts happening. (But as this is a trilogy series, you won’t get a proper ending..)
Towards the end, the story felt a little drawn out but not so much that’ll prevent wanting to read the next book in this series.
Looking forward to reading the second book.
It's a rainy foggy evening, and she pops into an old antique shop for shelter, and this is the start of her whole life changing. Being asked by the old man in the shop to help him by opening an old silver box which had been sealed shut, starts events which will turn her life upside down. From the gallery owned by her father being burgled by men dressed completely in black, and the attempt at framing of her father for the burglary, to meeting Oberon, the Fairy King; Will, a vampire and the Elementals of Fire, Air, Earth and Water, not to mention LOL, the Fire Fey, who saves Garet's life on several occasions - and these are the Light, or are they? The Dark are shadows, which brings Despair and Discord to the humans of New York, they and the mysterious silver box playing a large part in events.
This is a fast moving story which had me reading until 1.00 a.m. I couldn't put it down and wanted to get to the end to find out what happened - there were no clues throughout the book about how it would end, it is definitely not predictable and introduces the reader to brilliantly described characters. One could easily visualise the whole story.
I didn't order Lee Carroll's next book in the Trilogy - The Watchtower, as I didn't know whether I would enjoy the Black Swan Rising, Needless to say, I am ordering it from Amazon today, because now I realise it is far from the end.
The story is very creative and well written. If you like fnatasy and magic with action, then this is the book for you.
Finding out about her ancestors and the Watchtower and meeting Will Hughes who has his own motives.
A Brilliant book with romance mythical characters and vampires - what more could you want?
I first brought this book in paperback but have since brought it to add to my kindle Library.
I have to admit I found this book a bit slow to get into but once I did I could not put it down. Even though it is a light enough read and not as demanding or complex as some other books in the genre I still enjoyed it. The characters are likable and Garet herself is a normal twenty six year old woman trying to make her way in the world but who has an inner strength and who seems to be defined by her choices. The only issue I have is the way in which her relationship with Will Hughes was developed, a bit too quickly maybe a bit more time to developing it and depth into it would have been good, however this is only a minor gripe.
Book is a good read and have started the 2nd part The Watchtower already.
Characters that intrigue you and leave you wanting to know more about them.
Have already ordered the other books in the trilogy!
A strong dose of fantasy much like in Harry Potter that suggests a whole world along side our own...
The plotting is little better than the characterization, for it is disjointed, unbelievable and unsurprising. The heroine, Marguerite, learns to fly, to swim underwater without breathing, and to throw fireballs. None of these talents is integral to the plot. Why not throw in x-ray vision for good measure? I found myself skimming through the climax involving descriptions of fog (I can't see!), tunnels (Damp with foul water!), pylons (I could be pushed over!), and mirages (Friends are really demons!) hoping it would all end soon. While some readers may decide that answers will come in later volumes (this is the first in a series), I did not find enough incentive to wait around to find out. The questions are just not interesting enough to make me believe the answers will be anything but insipid. I will put this series aside and will wait patiently for the next installment in the far superior "Witches" series.