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Mythmaker (Virginia Jackson Book 2) by [de Pierres, Marianne]
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Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission). Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings and the bounty on her head. Oddly, Hamish is the only one she can rely on. Life is complicated.

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  • Publisher: Angry Robot (6 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016AOR570
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Even better thas the first book. Great plot development
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I received a copy of the book for an honest review and having read the authors Night Characters series, was keen to have a read. You definitely need to read the books in order but they are great stories. Virgin is a strong character (although she has her flaws) and the characters surrounding her are interesting, moving the story along at a really good pace. It's an original story line (well, at least for me!) and I was keen to continue reading to see where the characters ended up. All the things I want in a good book! So if you're looking for great world building, original characters and a story line that holds your interest, this is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping action novel with a fantastic female protagonist and fascinating future world. 5 November 2015
By Megan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Mythmaker is a worthy sequel to Peacemaker. Both are full of action, with a relatable female lead, intriguing side characters, and set in an interesting, well-thought-out world.
Virgin Jackson is in trouble. She has a detective stalking her, determined to pin a murder on her. She is blackmailed into working for a secretive organisation, investigating the rise in appearances of mythological creatures. She is being targeted by these mythos. Her beloved park is under threat. And her personal relationships are fraught, confusing and frustrating. This combination makes for an exciting read as we follow Virgin's adventures through a world that is part science fiction, part spaghetti western, part urban fantasy, and wholely engrossing.
The futuristic Australia setting is unique to Marianne de Pierres' works and one of my favourite things about this series. The spread of urban living has eroded the natural environment down to one last park surrounded by the supercity. Although the urban living is not as degraded as that depicted in her Parrish Plessis books, it is not hard to imagine these stories are set in different areas of the same supercity. The sense of order and oversight and control in the general city areas is contrasted with the freedom Virgin experiences in the Birrimun Park, and the chaos of the lawless Mystere section.
Virgin Jackson is a fantastic lead character. She is passionate, independent, ethical and strong willed. She is good with a gun, a horse, technology and chaotic situations. She is driven by her passion for the park, imbued in her by her father, and it is passed on to the reader in the beautiful descriptions of the landscape and clear sense of home she has when there. She is not so good at people, which is a well-built personality flaw, given her family background and the amount of time she usually spends alone in the park. Her few close relationships are expanded upon in this book and widened to include more compassion for those she encounters in her adventures, but her solitary nature still trips her up from time to time, which her makes her a realistic kickass female protagonist.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, right to the end. It was one of those novels where you can't help but think 'just one more chapter' at 1am. I sincerely hope there is more to come. I am not done with Virgin Jackson yet. I want more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story with great romantic elements 22 February 2016
By adrianne - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent story with great romantic elements, great action, fascinating mythology and a wonderful mystery. I hope there will be another of these soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a filler between what has happened and what's yet to come. 9 March 2016
By Daniel Munson - Published on Amazon.com
This review originally published in [...] Rated 2.5 of 5

About two years ago I was really thrilled to have read/reviewed Marianne de Pierres' book, <em>Peacemaker</em>. <em>Mythmaker</em> is the second book in the Peacemaker series and I was really looking forward to it. I wrote then about how excited I was to find a novel that crossed so many genres and had such an original premise. That hasn't changed.

Picking up where the last book left off, Virgin Jackson is facing a murder rap and is being blackmailed into working with a secret, subversive (?) organization called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission). The head of the GJIC is her own mother, whom she had thought dead. The Mythos (creatures from another world) sightings are increasing with Birrimun Park (where Virgin is a ranger) being their prime location. Virgin's brother appears to be stirring up trouble between some human factions. Her best friend Caro is up to something. Her new partner Nate Sixkiller takes a little bit of a back seat in this adventure, while Hamish steps it up. All around her things seem to be getting out of control and Virgin clings to any bit of humanity left, while stepping up her game in confronting everything head on.

Just as with the last book, the action here comes fast and furious and is always surrounding Virgin, meaning she moves from one hot-spot to another, and in nearly every instance it's a very heightened issue and each instance barely gives Virgin (or the reader) a chance to breathe. And yet ... nothing really happens.

Okay, <em>things</em> happen, but story progress doesn't appear to happen.

This entire book feels like a spacer. A conduit to connect book one and a future book. Everything that happens here is to provide background for something that never comes to fruition in this book. Despite the action and the interactions, everything that happens is a set-up or background information for a part of the story that isn't delivered here.

One moment (or extended series of moments) that felt the most connected was when Virgin needed to step into the middle of a potential gang war and talk both sides out of it, trying to convince them that the responsible party for a previous action was not either side, but an outside party. Because the gang threats were escalating, the army begins to move in, shooting first and fire is spreading throughout the area. Virgin takes the time and risks her life to evacuate a young boy and his infant sister (knowing that their mother is already dead). This is a nice, albeit strange moment. Is this simply Virgin's attempt to hold onto something resembling humanity within everything that's going on around her, or will this boy play a part in the story later? It's a nice moment, but a strange one, given everything else that happens.

I still like the world that Marianne de Pierres has created and I was really looking forward to getting more into the Mythos and sorting out the relationships between the gangs and GJIC. The closest we come is when someone from a gang sees Virgin's spirit animal (which is otherwise not present in this book). Otherwise, this was quite disappointing.

I really don't like when a publisher/author puts out a book that isn't a book. Just because it has a lot of pages and actions doesn't make it a story. A story needs a beginning a middle and an end. This has only 'middle.' This book should either have been split up with parts going to the first and the next book, or the entire series should have been one book.

There is a time and a place for serial story-telling. If this were a 100-page novella in e-book format or even in low-cost paperback format I would be slightly more forgiving, but for a 300+ page book at full price for a story that only adds to the questions and solves none...? I can't recommend that.

I give this a moderately decent rating (2.5, which will round up to 3 on Goodreads and Amazon), and I will look forward to the third book, because I like the characters and the world and de Pierres' writing, and I do want to find out how it all works together (and I really want to know more about the Mythos and the spirit animals!), but I don't appreciate being strung along this way. At least give me a resolved sub-plot to tide me over!

Looking for a good book? <em>Mythmaker</em>, by Marianne de Pierres, is the second in her innovative and thrilling "Peacemaker" series, but the book is mostly filler to bridge the gap between the first book and what is still to come. If you are okay with that, and have read the first book, you'll enjoy this one. If you haven't read the first book, or you don't like stories without end, then you'll want to wait for the series to be completed.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 16 October 2015
By Mandy Wrangles - Published on Amazon.com
Back in 2014 when I read and reviewed Marianne de Pierres’ latest novel, the genre-mashing-spaghetti-western-science-fiction-and-the-rest: ‘Peacemaker’, I asked for more. More of everything. More street politics, more insight into the large cast of fascinating side-characters, more of the government conspiracies. Peacemaker was just so much fun, so fast and entertaining, but it felt like the tip of the iceberg. The world de Pierres had created was so vast, Peacemaker just didn’t feel like it was long enough. I didn’t want it to end. But now, we have ‘Mythmaker’. And, as readers, we get the more I was after. And then some.

Set just a few weeks after the action-packed finale of Peacemaker, Mythmaker picks up with de Pierres’ trademark way of throwing the reader right into the scene, and protagonist Virgin Jackson right into trouble. There’s no mucking around with slow introductions here. Check the blurb:

Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission).
Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings and the bounty on her head.
Oddly, Hamish is the only one she can rely on. Life is complicated.

The complications don’t stop there, either. Something is up with Virgin’s BFF, the fabulous Caro (the outcome of which is handled with extreme respect by Virgin), we see more of her softer, more compassionate side – along with her fearlessness and uncompromising passion to protect who and what she loves. Virgin hasn’t lost her penchant for walking into trouble though, and there were a number of scenes where I wanted to scream at her: ‘NO, NO, NO DON’T GO IN THERE!’

While caring for Birrimum Park - the last remaining natural habitat - as Park Ranger in a futuristic world is still Virgin’s true passion, she spends more time away from it (by necessity) in order to save it this time around. We see more mythology combined with the hi-tech gadgetry, weapons and conflict. We also get more of the fabulous cast of supporting characters; some return from Peacemaker, plus a couple of newbies to spice things up and allow us to get to know a different side to Virgin. Her brilliant cowboy/secret agent partner, Nate SixKiller is back, as is the mysterious Hamish (who gets even more mysterious), and we learn there’s even more to the ex-lover, formally known as Heart, than we already did.

I can easily say that while I very much enjoyed Peacemaker, I adored Mythmaker. It’s like nothing else I’ve read before. The mashing of genres, the world, the action of the city and the solace of the park, the suspense and the detective work. Marianne de Pierres makes this type of story-telling an art-form, but best of all, she does it with characters and relationships you can’t help but fall in love with.

And still…I want even more. Book 3, please!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythmaker continues what Peacemaker started and is a brilliant continuation of the series! 7 October 2015
By Ju Landeesse - Published on Amazon.com
n eARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a great continuation from Peacemaker! Mythmaker is the new book in this series and it picks up where the last book left off with Birrimun Park still under threat by Mythos, a largely unknown enemy. This book, this series has such grand style about it! Fantastic characters that live up to their outlandish names, government conspiracy, political intrigue, environmental dystopia, the unknown alien enemy, tiny hints of romance – but nothing trite or easy. This book reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold in the way it blends different sub-genres to get the best telling of a story, and I devoured every word and was left desperately wishing for more! Book two of a series, Mythmaker benefits greatly from reading Peacemaker first, as it builds on the story begun in book one and is clearly working towards a grand conclusion. Having read much of de Pierres’ work, it will be well worth the wait! I reviewed Peacemaker not long ago if the sound of this series interests you.

This book evokes a believable imagining of a near-future Australian not-quite dystopia. The supercity setting with overpopulation and one remaining nature reserve in Birrimun Park seems real enough to send chills down your spine. One of the elements I particularly liked about Mythmaker was how technology was both an ally and an enemy. Issues with lack of citizen privacy exist, there’s a sense of constant surveillance or close to it, but it also seems to be something that can be manoeuvred around. And similarly, there are limits to the information that can be easily obtained by the agency Virgin is working for with Nate Sixkiller. In this book, technology is used as tool and not as a crutch for the story, something that isn’t always done well but here it’s quite apparent. It’s also clear that the government agency that Virgin is forced to join forces with isn’t telling her everything, but she has great friends and the odd unlikely ally or two that help her get to the bottom of things. This too is what is satisfying, a cast of characters and not one lone hero with the weight of the world on their shoulders – there are always other people involved.

I love the way Virgin isn’t satisfied with being put in a place and told to do a certain thing. She takes the role she’s been given and the constraints and uses them to do things her own way. Also, I really love the way Caro’s role in the story and as Virgin’s friend is continued and expanded as it feels very real to me. This is something that I’ve noticed particularly with de Pierres’ writing is that she writes friendship beautifully, it’s deeply satisfying. If you’re someone who reads for great friendship, then you can’t go past the friendships and character dynamics created in this book, and others by the author (I’d particularly recommend the Tara Sharp books for friendship dynamics, and the Sentients of Orion series for intricate, complex and compelling character dynamics). All of the characters and not just the protagonists in this series are colourful and so deftly written I can almost picture them as I read, almost hear their voices when they speak – like Papa Brise, Chef Dab, Caro and Greta. I love this and it’s often what has me fall in love with a book or series.

More and more this style of urban fantasy is what I’m drawn to. Stories of a city, stories of a place, but not an old-world foreign, medieval style place. I love the weave of fantasy with modernity! And I love the way that books like this can project into the future the concerns of the present, the consequences of our lack of environmental foresight, the threat of corporate and government oversight and what that change in the context of citizenship and freedom may look like. I love the Australia that is at the heart of this book, it’s a layered mythology that is anything but stereotypical. Instead, it comes across as familiar to those of us who live here, and I think creates an inside view and sense of knowing for readers from beyond Australia’s shores; not in a way that evokes typical imagery or landmarks, it’s deeper and more subtle than that.

If you are looking for unique, beautifully written urban fantasy. This series is for you, Peacemaker and Mythmaker are visionary and deeply satisfying books to read. Mythmaker continues what Peacemaker started ramping up the action, with even higher stakes, doesn’t let up and definitely doesn’t disappoint.