Home from the Sea (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 3 juin 2014
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Revue de presse
"Lackey's way with character description is phenomenal. I greatly enjoy being one of thos epeople who is able to visualize books in such detail that it's lamost as though I'm watching a movie, and Lackey does not disappoint in this regard. Every time I was interrupted whilst trying to read this book,when I came back I momentarily forgot I was reading at all. This book was fantastic, and I can't wait to start the series at the beginning."
"Lighter in tone with more emphasis on romance than some of the previous titles, this fairy-tale homage offers a variant view on the usually tragic love between humans and selkies, and should attract both series fans and Lackey's sizable following."
"With a nod to the Nordic tale 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon,' the latest Elemental Masters historical fantasy is a thrilling tale, due to the brave heroine who will fight for those she cherishes and to keep what is rightfully hers."
—Midwest Book Review
And for the previous novels of the Elemental Masters:
"This is Lackey at her best, mixing whimsy and magic with a fast-paced plot."
"Richly detailed historical backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended."
—Library Journal (starred)
"Fans of fantasy will be thrilled by Lackey's clever fairy-tale adventure."
"I find Ms. Lackey's Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy."
—Fantasy Book Spot
"Lackey has delivered another fine entry into the Elemental Masters series.... The storyline and subplots are smoothly woven together and as usual, Lackey's character development is delightful."
—Monsters & Critics
"All in fine fairy-tale tradition.... It's grim fun, with some nice historical detail, and just a hint of romance to help lighten things."
—Locus --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .
Présentation de l'éditeur
For as long as she could remember, Mari Prothero had seen things—tiny manlike creatures that were mischievous and wore only seaweed, and beings that seemed to be made of water. Mari had grown up in a tiny Welsh fishing village where she lived alone with her father, Daffyd, a master fisherman—her mother and brother having drowned when she was a child.
On the morning of her eighteenth birthday, her father finally told her the great secret of the Prothero family. Her family had an ancient covenant with magical shape-shifters, the Selch. Her lost mother and brother were not truly dead, but neither were they human. Now Mari must abide by her family’s magical compact or face dire consequences.
But Mari is not without protectors. The tiny creatures she had seen her whole life counseled her to bargain with the Selch. While in faraway London, the head of the Elemental Masters had dispatched some very unique champions to come to Mari’s aid.... --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .
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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.
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.
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.
To keep it simple, the reason I didn't enjoy reading this book was because absolutely nothing happened throughout the majority of the book. If I wrote a book about my life, where the biggest stress I have is finding a job fresh out of college, people would be asking themselves "okay, but where's the ACTION?" The same goes for this book. I suppose I should be identifying with Nan and Sarah, considering I'm in the same boat (give or take a few decades), but I couldn't really get into it.
If I didn't faithfully read every book in this series, I would have quit reading. The only reason I finished was because of a past love affair with the Elemental Masters books.
Sorry ML :(.