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New in the extraordinary series hailed as “a true frolic into fantasy” (Fantasy Bookspot) by a “Master Magician.” (Midwest Book Review)

In Edwardian Britain, magic is real. And Masters of the Elements control Fire, Water, Air, and Earth...

Mari Prothero has lived all her life with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Though Daffyd takes his boat out on the sea regardless of weather, Mari has learned not to fear for his safety, for her father is a Water mage, and always comes home safely with a large catch. Mari knows that in her family, children are expected to marry at eighteen, to an appropriate stranger. However, Mari is a fledgling Water Master with a rebellious nature. She has no intention of agreeing to any arranged marriage. But Mari has yet to learn the truth of the magical heritage that must be protected by these very marriages. For the Protheros are descended from Selkies—magical beings who are able to change from seals to humans—and to continue her line, she must marry a full-blooded Selkie...
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Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.
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Auteur prolifique dans des genres très différents (policier, nouvelles, science-fiction, entre autres), ayant collaboré avec différents auteurs, comme Piers Anthony ou Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey a connu la notoriété grâce au cycle de Valdemar. Dans cette longue saga (plus de vingt-cinq volumes depuis 1987), les hérauts sont les protecteurs d'un pays menacé par les forces de sorciers maléfiques. Ils sont aidés dans leur tâche par les Compagnons, chevaux blancs magiques dans lesquels se réincarnent les âmes des plus braves hérauts.

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55 internautes sur 57 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Worth reading, but not what you'd expect 5 juin 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Contains spoilers

Mari is a Welsh fisherman's daughter who discovers on her 18th birthday that she is obligated to marry a 'Selch' (selkie) as part of a generations-long bargain between her family and the seal clan. At the same time, she learns that the fantastic sprites she's been seeing her whole life are actually indicative of her growing potential as a Water Master. Nan and Sarah (repeat characters who debuted in The Wizard of London) are sent by Lord Alderscroft to investigate the reports that a new Elemental Mage is coming into power.

So much for the summary.... unfortunately, for three-fourths of the book, that's about all there is. It reads much more like a Louisa May Alcott accounting of daily life than the fantasy adventure in the previous Elemental Masters novels. There are minor points of conflict: Mari's reluctance to be bartered off as a bride, and her subsequent bargain with the Selch leader; and a new, bullying constable who's more of a nuisance than a threat to anyone. In the meantime, Nan and Sarah (now grown and returned from off-screen African adventures) conduct a failed experiment in teaching, debate what to do with themselves, and wander off for a sea-side holiday at Alderscroft's behest. Mari enjoys being courted by handsome young men, learning the extents of powers with a Selch Druid's tutelage, and harvesting various forms of seaweed to cook with. My Kindle showed 80% of the book completed before any sort of significant danger even began to reveal itself - and when it arrived, it was with insufficient justification based on the previous pages. There was almost no tension for most of the story.

It was a huge contrast to previous books in the series, where an antagonist is established almost immediately through his/her POV scenes, and slowly revealed to the heroes. Instead, the encounters preceding the climax seem incredibly mild, there are no antagonist POV scenes, and therefore the antagonist's major attack is very out of proportion and unbelievable in context. That being said, the writing is very pleasant, and a fun read overall; I just wish I'd known it would be so different from previous installments.

I do wonder if Lackey is planning future books to be The Nan And Sarah Show - this seemed more about an 'apprenticeship'-sort of way to set them up as roving detectives for the London mage's society than about anything you would expect from an Elemental Masters book. I'll still continue to read everything she puts out, but I feel like she's losing ground and it's hard to see a favorite author's quality continue to slip.
38 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Faulty Math 1 août 2012
Par Sandy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Specifically, the notion that somehow 2 storyline drafts that couldn't quite work as standalone tales can somehow be knitted together to justify nearly twice what a normal book would cost (the Kindle version just cost me $12.99). And to make matters worse, much of it is just quotations from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" along with entire sections from Ms. Lackey's earlier novel, "The Wizard of London."

As another reviewer observed, the Nan and Sarah portion of the story (which is the majority) reads like a (poorly written version of) Louisa May Alcott novel. Yes, I know that Ms. Lackey's novels tend to be of a young adult reading level. Yes, I expect this to be a rather light read and not terribly thought-provoking or complex. But I also did expect a coherent story with a decent plot.

The other storyline, about Mari and the Selch clan, was pretty skimpy. Somehow Mari goes from outrage and rebellion at "the Bargain" to being passionately in love with one of the Selch and plotting how to marry him. And as to the Selch chieftain, as a villain, I couldn't quite fathom why. Really, this entire story should have centered around the Water Master Mari & Bargain with the Selch. Instead, it was barely inserted as an excuse for Nan and Sarah's seaside vacation.

I also had a little trouble with the research and timeline of this novel. It follows "Unnatural Issue," which is set in early WWI (1914-1918). This book appears to occur before that somewhat (which is ok), and the description refers to the "Edwardian" era (1901-1910). Yet in the book, the "Squire" is going to be presented to the Queen? If it's the Edwardian era, best present him to the King (Edward, that is). That's more of a mischaracterization of the book description here, though; imagine it's supposedly set in the 1890s.

A lot of rather dreary "everyday life" references things that show up as though the Welsh Wikipedia entry was an outline for the book. In fact, I got the impression that was about the extent of the writer's research. For the readers who wished for something more of the Selch/Selkie and other Old Ones, may I suggest one of Juliet Marillier's lovely works.

If this book were priced as a .99 special, or even up to 2.99, I could excuse the sloppy work and overall scarcity of plot development. At 12.99 for a Kindle and more for a paper copy, it's an outrageously overpriced embarrassment to a writer who is capable of far better.
16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good story, but lazy writing 14 juillet 2012
Par ceannoying - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I love Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series. I enjoy new takes on old tales and haven't been disappointed. I'm still not, sort of. I bought "Home from the Sea", quite pleased that it was about, or at least included Selkies. The story swims the surface, the protagonist, Mari, has to marry a Selkie in order to honor a generations old agreement between the sea folk and her family. She is resistant to this forced marriage but manages to set terms she can live with, to a certain extent. Lackey deals very little with the Selkies themselves. She does relate the basic "facts" about Selkies but she never really develops the Selkies and their culture as a whole. She sets up a conflict between one of the Selkie leaders with Mari but never really gives any reason for the Selkie's animosity. There is a "bad cop" but with no real resolution of the antagonism between him and the town, Mari, and her Dad.
In addition, an uncommon amount of this book was in the form of flashbacks. I haven't counted pages but there are so many passages from "The Wizard of London" incorporated into this book that I felt as if I were reading "The Wizard" again. I got the feeling that Lackey was rushed for deadline or that her heart wasn't in the story. I don't regret buying the book but I am a bit disappointed in this addition to the Elemental Masters series.
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yawn yawn yawn 8 juin 2012
Par Patricia A. Curry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
i am disappointed. too many important parts of the story are quotes taken from a previous book. she's doing this more and more, and what could have been great is boring. i'm giving it to my friend who has a used book store. and i don't normally part with books, but this one is not a keeper.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Pleasant enough, but not her best ... 11 juin 2012
Par An Amazon Shopper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Home from the Sea is a definite step up from Unnatural Issue: An Elemental Masters Novel, but not the strongest in the series.

Parts of this one depend on a working knowledge of the story elements of The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters, Book 4), and in fact, as others have said, a good bit of text from that story is included here verbatim. I'm not all that impressed with this aspect of the work, surely there are more entertaining and efficient ways to get new readers up to speed. (and I wasn't all that wild about Puck then either, but that's a different issue)

Did I enjoy it? Sure. I need a bit of something to read on a regular basis, and there was nothing about this to discourage me from reading start to finish.

Quick read, though, kind of slight.

What's up with Mercedes Lackey these days? Too many popular series, not enough interest in maintaining them all? It seems to me that she's a bit too busy churning out new episodes in familiar frames, and not spending enough time crafting the actual stories and characters that give them structure and life.

I will say, though, that the editing issues that tend to plague her works were improved here. I'm assuming that whatever passes for spell checking these days just doesn't catch all the 'yes that's an actual word, but not the right one here' goofs. I didn't notice any glaring continuity errors in this work, (see Unnatural Issue for that, yikes.)

If only the story were more interesting.

Lackey's become a 'read it from the library twice before I think of buying paperback' author for me.
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