Sunday, 19 June 2011

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Black Swan Rising - Lee Carroll

Release Date: 12/05/11


Jeweller Garet James isn't the same as everyone else. She just doesn't know it yet. With her fair share of problems - money (lack of), an elderly father, a struggling business - Garet should be just like any other young, feisty, single New Yorker. If only it was that simple...It begins with the old silver box that had been soldered shut. All Garet has to do is open it. A favour for the frail owner of the antiques shop. Who wouldn't help? Only it's then that things start to change. Garet doesn't notice at first, the shifts barely perceptible. But the city in which she grew up is beginning to reveal a long-hidden side - darker, and altogether more dangerous: parallel world of chaos, smoke and blood. And now it's out of the box...and it has no intention of going back in.


To be honest I put off reading this title as I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect from this new author. What actually unfurled was a huge epic urban fantasy tale that has dug into the surface of an unknown world, blended it with modern interpretations and also added more than a handful of characters that the reader will come to love. Each is clearly lovingly created, each has their own role to play and when added to the huge overall arc scheme within, creates something pretty unique and special.

Add to this a great turn of pace, some wonderful dialogue and a lead characters that readers will not only associate with but also explore the unknown with and its clearly a title that is special. Finally whilst some of the training feels a little like an 80’s montage, it is well thought out and clearly defined which makes this, the first in a multipart series definitely one to enjoy.

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