The first novel in a thrillingly original contemporary urban fantasy trilogy that will appeal to genre and non-genre readers.
LEE CARROLL is a pseudonym for the writing partnership of award-winning novelist Carol Goodman and her poet husband, Lee Slonimsky. They live in Long Island, New York.
Ancient alchemy and modern bohemians mix predictably in this formulaic urban fantasy. Jewelry artisan Garet James receives a sealed metal box from the owner of a watch repair shop. Once the box is opened, all manner of misfortunes befall her. Fey folk soon emerge from the city's counterculture to assist Garet and explain that she's a hereditary guardian against black magic. The shop owner is none other than medieval alchemist John Dee, who plans to unleash demons upon the world in seven days. Carroll-a pseudonym for mystery writer Carol Goodman (Arcadia Falls) and her husband, poet Lee Slonimsky-puts Garet through the usual initiate's paces of developing the special powers she needs to thwart Dee's plot. The characters who teach her are quirky and quaint, but their adventures with her will strike readers as generic and familiar. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Jewelry designer Garet James finds an ornate silver box in an antiques store in Manhattan and upon opening it discovers a world of supernatural creatures dwelling alongside her familiar surroundings. As the subject of a prophecy and the potential victim of an evil that has cursed the women of her family for generations, Garet must confront the darkness that threatens not only her but her city and the world. As both an artisan and a caregiver to her elderly father, Garet displays humor and resilience as she confronts a world seen through new eyes. Writing under the pseudonym Carroll, Carol Goodman (Arcadia Falls; The Night Villa) and her husband, poet Lee Slonimsky, launch an urban fantasy series with an unusual heroine. VERDICT Fans of Charles deLint and Mercedes Lackey should enjoy this vibrant addition to the urban fantasy genre. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "Black Swan Rising""Writing under the pseudonym Lee Carroll, Carol Goodman ("Arcadia Falls"; "The Night Villa") and her husband, poet Lee Slonimsky, launch an urban fantasy series with an unusual heroine. Fans of Charles de Lint and Mercedes Lackey should enjoy this vibrant addition to the urban fantasy genre.""--Library Journal""In "Black Swan Rising "Lee Carroll creates an unsuspected Manhattan touched by magic, and reinvents the epic quest in a startling contemporary way. It's Pandora's Box turned cybernetic!"--Eric Ormsby"Clever and assured, with an authentic NYC setting.""--Kirkus Reviews "on "Black Swan Rising"