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The Case of the Spellbound Child (Elemental Masters) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2020
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“Lackey’s fantastical world of Elementals, plus her delightful Nan and Sarah, create an amusing contrast for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson…. The mix of humor, history, fantasy, and mystery is balanced in a way that any reader could pick up the book and thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end.” —RT Reviews
“The Paris of Degas, turn-of-the-century Blackpool, and the desperation of young girls without family or other protection come to life in a story that should interest a broad readership.” —Booklist
“All in fine fairy-tale tradition.... It’s grim fun, with some nice historical detail, and just a hint of romance to help lighten things.” —Locus
“The action and dialogue flow freely, mingling with beautiful descriptions of European countryside and just a hint of romance.... A well-developed heroine and engaging story.” —Publishers Weekly
“The fifth in the series involving the mysterious Elemental Masters, this story of a resourceful young dancer also delivers a new version of a classic fairy tale. Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“The Elementals novels are beautiful, romantic adult fairy tales. Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy.” —Worlds of Wonder
“Ms. Lackey is a master in fantasy, and this visit to an alternate historical England is no exception. Vivid characterization and believable surroundings are flawlessly joined in a well-detailed world.” —Darque Reviews
"I find Ms. Lackey's Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy." —Fantasy Book Spot
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- Publisher : DAW (September 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756412129
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756412128
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.84 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The latest Elemental book is just the latest example of what I've felt for quite some time- these books are getting so LAZY. It tells a story long enough to pander to the audience to bring tiny updates about beloved characters (without bothering with any further character development) and quickly ties up a battle in a few pages or less, ending with the most ridiculous and pointless inclusions of a "trial".
When was the last time we saw Elementals really engage with the main characters? Nan and Sarah barely did more than eat and think really hard in this last book.
This series used to be so rich in details about Elementals and character experiences. But this has felt like mass produced fanfiction for awhile. I don't know if I will continue with this series.
It is horribly jarring when we see how valiant, kind, etc they are in the rest of the book to those in need. And that is a shame because the rest of the book is good reading. I expect better from Misty.
As a classic nitpick, there’s no way on earth that you could commute from Plymouth to London in an hour, then or now …
While I wanted a bit more Sherlock Holmes and a bit less on the birds, still this was an intriguing story. While I half expected a gigantic Hound, there was enough good overcoming evil, in part due to a normal girl doing what was right in an effort to save other children.
Recommended for those who like fairy tales interwoven with magic and mystery.
The real downside to this book was Lackey’s insistence on trying to capture the dialect of the moors with no glossary to prepare the reader and too many words with sounds truncated with apostrophes. Instead of adding realism to the text, it became an obstacle to understanding.
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The story ends with the removal of all agency from the brave and resourceful young girl who has been built through the story. And then blames the mother of the missing children for ‘spoiling’ the boy and arranging to remove the traumatised boy and send him away to boarding school. While leaving his resourceful and equally traumatised sister in poverty with her parents.
This book has left me disturbed - there is no sense of justice or heroic resolution that usually comes with a Mercedes Lackey book and the lead characters come across as morally repugnant - not sure what has happened to the author and not sure I will be reading any more of her books - and I say that after years of reading them all.