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Jolene (Elemental Masters) Mass Market Paperback – October 19, 2021
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Anna May Jones is the daughter of a coal miner, but a sickly constitution has kept her confined to the house for most of her life. Hoping to improve her daughter’s health—and lessen the burden on their family—Anna's mother sends her to live with her Aunt Jinny, a witchy-woman and an Elemental Master, in a holler outside of Ducktown.
As she settles into her new life, Anna learns new skills at Aunt Jinny’s side and discovers that she, too, has a gift for Elemental magic that Jinny calls “the Glory”. She also receives lessons from a mysterious and bewitching woman named Jolene, who assures her that, with time, Anna could become even more powerful than her aunt.
But with Anna’s increasing power comes increasing notice. Billie McDaran, the foreman of the Ducktown mine, begins to take an interest in Anna and her abilities—even though Anna has already fallen in love with a young man with a talent for stonecarving.
If she wants to preserve the life she has come to love, Anna must use her newfound powers to oppose the foreman and protect those around her.
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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
About the Author
- Publisher : DAW (October 19, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756412153
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756412159
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sadly, I was never able to fully immerse myself in the book as I love to do with most of the author's books.
As an East Tennessean who spent summers in what is now Soddy-Daisy, the persistent use of "y'all" as singular was inaccurately jarring. While this may be a usage common to other areas of the US, it is not and has never been so in Tennessee, or indeed in most of the South.
While studying history at the University of Tennessee, I was able to read primary documents from the time period in which Jolene took place. Those included letters where "y'all" was used properly as a contraction of "you all" to address entire families and "you" or "ye" to address individuals.
Similar to the pronunciation of "Appalachia" as "apple ay sha" instead of the proper "apple atch uh," the use of the singular "y'all" is an indicator of an outsider, carpetbagger, or someone else who simply cannot be trusted. It also conveys the sense that the person engaging in the erroneous usage is mocking the locals.
This detail, while small, is repeated throughout the book, making the characters' words clash wildly with the otherwise accurate depiction of Union-sympathizing Tennesseans with strong ties to the area.
This was such a painful read with such obvious ignorance. I thought her Tregarde books were funny (as far as actually knowing the setting), and obviously her ideas of Victorian/Edwardian England are sketchy at best, but this was insulting and dumb.
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Starting with the good. The characters are relatable and I like them, the pages turned and I finished it faster than I ever would have expected. The story had great pacing and an exciting conclusion that kept me reading long into the night. It was nice to have a change from the same two characters and their birds.
But as good as the story was, I had to force myself to keep reading because of the horrible dialect. It makes the book almost unreadable, like reading a different language. Please let the next book not have this as well!
Her stories are amazing.
But this one is NOT the first one that has Elemental Masters in North America.
So whomever wrote the info on Kindle site for this story, should read The Fire Rose.
That is all.