This book is narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers who is a new-to-me reader; however, I did enjoy the voice she gave to this fantasy novel with a hint of an ..Show More »accent that lent verisimilitude to the narration. I'll be watching for her name in the future.
As for the book itself, I enjoyed it-- a lot. Lee deals delicately with the issue of abuse while not minimizing its impact on the survivor. Her heroine, Kate Archer, shows growth through the narrative as she learns to pick up responsibilities and discard past baggage. I particularly liked the fact that although there is a thread of romance, emotions are not used as a solve-everything panacea. Lee's use of faery and magic combines both traditional fairy tale tropes and contemporary issues.
I checked Lee's website and noted that there may be at least one future book set at Archer's Beach-- I certainly hope so.
Conclusion? Way better than average borderlands (the border of the mundane world and the world of magic) story with a strong, fresh narrator when it comes to the audio version.
When the second installment in the Archer's Beach trilogy was released by Baen, back in February, I bought it immediately, and also looked to buy the ..Show More »Audible version, since I had so much enjoyed Elizabeth Rodgers reading of Carousel Tides. But it wasn't available and apparently wasn't coming. Fortunately, it all got sorted, and we now have another excellent narration by Ms. Rodgers in Sharon Lee's Archer's Beach trilogy.
For those familiar with Sharon Lee and her Liaden books, the Archer's Beach books are a horse of a quite different colour. Rather than Space Opera, we have pure Maine Fantasy, and what a delight it is. In this second installment, there's a new, if rather questionable, animal for the carousel, and a new person running the midway at Archer's Beach, Peggy Marr. Ms. Mafr is a hot-shot troubleshooter for the corporate types "back away".
When she first comes to Archer's Beach, she's just a bit out of sync with the land and the characters of Archer's Beach, but Peggy quickly gets settled in, and, with the help of Kate Archer, the hereditary Guardian of the Land, gets the midway up and running. Meanwhile, Kate is dealing with not a few problems, both mundane and magical, caused by the local drug lord and by an ozalli from another world who is less than happy about the imprisonment (by The Wise) of his lover.
The narration by Elizabeth Rodgers is excellent and added to my enjoyment of the book. The accent is right for a Maine book, with good pacing and good character separation without resorting to weird voices.
I look forward to the final book in the series, Carousel Seas, whose eBook is due out by the end of the year. Hopefully we won't have to wait 6 months for the Audible version!
This is the third (and sadly, final) installment of the wonderful Archer's Beach trilogy from Sharon Lee. As with the two previous books in the trilog..Show More »y, this Carousel Seas is excellently narrated by Elizabeth Rodgers.
If you haven't read the earlier books, stop reading this review and go immediately to grab Carousel Tides (http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Carousel-Tides-Audiobook/B0049650A6), the first book in the series, and settle back to the start of a wonderful read. You won't be sorry.
In this third book, the action and problems focus on the sea as much as the land. The Guardian of the Gulf of Maine, Borgan, is challenged by a former sea goddess who attempts to possess him. Meanwhile, the problems on the sea add to the problems of the land, where decisions made "away" in New Jersey threaten to change Archer's Beach forever, destroying everything that makes it special.
This final book in the trilogy brings all the threads in the earlier books together and provides closure for the series. While I wish we might have more, much more, about Kate, Borgan, Peggy, and all the trenvay, at least we aren't left hanging. All in all, an excellent book and highly recommended.