Monday, 5 September 2011

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Black Swan Rising 2: The Watchtower - Lee Carroll

Release Date: 11/08/11


The last in a long line of women sworn to guard our world against evil, jeweller Garet James is struggling to come to terms with who – or what – she really is.

Will Hughes, the alluring four-hundred-year-old vampire who tasted her blood and saved her life, could help, but he’s disappeared. Garet believes he’s in France, searching for the Summer Country, the legendary land of the Fey where he might be freed from his vampire curse.

Desperate to understand her legacy, Garet follows Will. In Paris, she encounters strange, mythic beings – an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the city’s oldest tree, a gnome who lives beneath the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens – meetings that convince her she is on the right path.

But Garet is not the only one trying to find the way in to the Summer Country – and the closer she gets, the more dangerous it becomes...


Having enjoyed the first title, Black Swan Rising I was looking forward to seeing what the next story would contain, if a lot of the loose ends would be tied up and if the mysterious elements surrounding her life would add to more complications as Garet learned more about her heritage.

This novel met all of my expectations and more with a wonderful love story interwoven with some clever mythology, some great prose and of course a journey that reveals secrets and mysteries that will enthral and enchant the reader. Add to this the seamless combination of two authors working in harmony and it’s a series that is not only different to a lot of books out there but one that really is something new to the genre. Magic.

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