Thursday, August 26, 2010

Black Swan Rising: By Lee Carroll



When New York City jewelry designer Garet James stumbles into a strange antiques shop in her neighborhood, her life is about to be turned upside down. John Dee, the enigmatic shopkeeper, commissions her to open a vintage silver box for a generous sum of money. Oddly, the symbol of a swan on the box exactly matches the ring given to her by her deceased mother. Garet can’t believe her luck and this eerie coincidence until she opens the box and otherworldly things start happening. . . .

That evening, the precious silver box is stolen. When Garet begins to investigate, she learns that she has been pulled into a prophecy that is hundreds of years old, and opening the box has unleashed an evil force onto the streets of Manhattan and the world at large. Gradually, Garet pieces together her true identity—one that her deceased mother desperately tried to protect her from. Generations of women in Garet’s family, including her beloved mother, suffered and died at the hands of this prevailing evil. Does Garet possess the power to reclaim the box and defeat this devastating force?

On her journey, she will meet the fey folk who walk unnoticed among humans and a sexy vampire who also happens to be a hedge fund manager that she can’t stop thinking about. But the fairies reveal a desire to overpower mere humans and the seductive vampire has the power to steal the life from her body. Whom can Garet trust to guide her? Using her newfound powers and sharp wit, Garet will muster everything she’s got to shut down the evil taking over her friends, family, New York City, and the world.


With flawless details and sensational writing Black Swan Rising will captivate readers from the first page.

Black Swan Rising is the first in an intricate and engaging urban fantasy trilogy about the struggles and adventures of the last in a long line of women sworn to protect the world from evil. The story starts out with the protagonist Garet stumbling into a strange antique store, where she meets the odd and enigmatic shopkeeper John Dee, who commissions her to open a vintage silver box that surprisingly matches the emblem on her ring. From there the story takes off, as Garet unleashes devastating forces into the world again by opening the box.

Between its engaging and charismatic characters, the mysterious elements that slowly unfold about Garet’s family past, and the nonstop action that encompasses Black Swan Rising, there aren’t any slow or boring pieces to the sensational story.

Black Swan Rising will appeal mainly to those readers looking for something new in the urban fantasy genre, those tired of dystopian fantasy, angels, and vampires (although there is a sexy vampire in this book it is not even remotely close to the same vein as Twilight). And it will stick with those readers, leaving them on their toes waiting for the next in the series to come out, giving it the makings of a interesting fun book.

8.5 out of 10


Publisher: Tor Books

Published: August 3, 2010

Price: $14.99

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