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The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley: An Elemental Masters Novel Kindle Edition
Annie Oakley has always suspected there is something "uncanny" about herself, but has never been able to put a name to it. But when Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show goes on tour through Germany, Bill temporarily hires a new sharpshooter to be part of his "World Wide Congress of Rough Riders": a woman named Giselle, who also happens to be an Elemental Master of Air. Alongside this new performer, Annie discovers that she and her husband, Frank, are not simply master marksman, but also magicians of rare ability.
As they travel and perform, Annie must use her newfound knowledge and rare skill to combat creatures of the night scattered across the countryside, who threaten both the performers and the locals. Annie's got her gun, and it's filled with silver bullets.
“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 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B091GC85KJ
- Publisher : DAW (January 11, 2022)
- Publication date : January 11, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 3346 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 075641217X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,113 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have been a fan of Mercedes Lackey since she published Arrows of the Queen in the 80s. I've always been impressed by her abilities and prolific works, her RANGE of stories and her many projects and cowriters. However, in the last 10 years or more, I've read fewer and fewer of her books. Many of the cowritten ones just aren't to my taste and some of the Elemental Magicians books have leaned heavily on exploring the minds of the evil antagonists, which I don't enjoy AT ALL. Silver Bullets at least refrains from that but leans so heavily on those two previous plots that I would find myself asking, "Why didn't she include x, y, and z? Those would make this so much better!" I'm going to
go reread "Blood Red" and "From a High Tower" now. If you haven't read those two, I certainly recommend reading this book first. If you HAVE read them, they will surely be on your mind while you read "The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley"!
I believe opening part of story with 10 year old Annie hired under false promises and then overworked and beaten true, should have trigger warning for abuse.
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The second is that except for flashbacks, Annie is happily married to a good man, also a trick shooter, who allowed her to take the spotlight.