Unnatural Issue

Unnatural Issue

Book - 2011
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The sixth novel in Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series reimagines the fairy tale Donkeyskin in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England

Susanne Whitestone, an Earth Master magician, had always lived in Whitestone Manor and liked nothing more than to keep the land itself and its animal inhabitants thriving. For the last eleven years, she has had a special teacher in the forest--a powerful fae known only as Robin. Susanne, at twenty-one, doubted any mortal Earth Master could find fault with the practices that Robin taught her.

But though Susanne was her father's only child, she had never set eyes on him, for Richard Whitestone lived as a recluse in a sectioned off wing of the manor. Richard Whitestone was also an Earth Master, but since his beloved wife's death in childbirth, he had lived a kind of half-life. He hated even the thought of the child who had ended his wife's life. His own life had withered, and as he had grown bitter, and blighted, so had everything he could see from his windows--the once-beautiful private garden was now as stark and wizened as his heart.

But as the years passed, Richard found that there was one thing that gave him solace--the thought, an obsession, that he could bring his Rebecca back to life through necromancy. He would need an appropriate vessel for her spirit, a young woman, preferably one who looked like she did and was approximately the same age that Rebecca has been at the time of her death--twenty-one....and Susanne was the image of her mother.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780756405755
Characteristics: 361 p. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 22, 2013

For a while I wondered why this was one of my favorite fairy tales. And then I realized that it is one of the few stories were the princess rescues herself, instead of a prince rescuing her.

Jul 11, 2012

This is a good book but the characters aren't as likable as others in this series. Still, it was a fun read and a perfect book for summer.

Aug 22, 2011

A great book in the elemental masters series. This seems to be the most well fleshed book so far, and I enjoyed it greatly. An untrained earth master who finds herself moving across England and into the front of the First World War. Her father blames her for her mothers' death in childbirth and his grudge twists into somthing sinister.

Eglanor Aug 12, 2011

I enjoyed this book. I love all books by this author, and this was not a disappointment. I especially like the way in which she interposed the horror and lunacy of the first world war with the reactions of the elemental masters. the only way in which this book could have been made better would have been more details on the latter portions of Richard's actions during the end of the book, but perhaps space and word count had something to do with that.

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