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      Black Swan Rising

      by Lee Carroll
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      • Publisher: Tor Books
      • Publishing date: 03/08/2010
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780765325976
      • ISBN: 0765325977


      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. 

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      • Outstanding story!
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        Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be looking into other Carol Goodman books. Enjoyed the fantasy and urban mix and picked up the book every spare moment I had to read it.

      • Very enjoyable!
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        I love the books of Carol Goodman filled with marvelous stories that have always verged on the fantastical. I have also enjoyed the poetry that one sometimes finds within them, written by her husband, the poet Lee Slonimsky. The two of them have teamed up here to write a book together, under the name "Lee Carroll." And what a book! The main character, Garet James (whoopie! a new nickname for my name, Margaret) and her father live in New York City and run a small Gallery. On the verge of financial ruin, Garet finds herself on a rainy evening stepping into a small antiques shop, run by a man named John Dee. From there a wonderful story unfolds about lost love persisting, the magic underlying our lives, duties crossing many generations, vampires, and all the wonderful little plot treasures that come in a fine, traditional fantasy novel. The authors know the form very well and satisfy the reader completely. The only fault I can find with the book is that it ended! I wanted more of these characters!

      • fun urban fantasy
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        In her New York City neighborhood jewelry designer Garet James walks into a curio shop that she never noticed before. Owner John Dee notices the swan design on her ring is identical to that on an antique silver box that he cannot open. He asks her to open the box. Shortly afterward, three men with no whites in their eyes enter her father's art gallery and then her apartment. They take the box and her father is shot; he informs Garet they are demons who tried to take him over. Garet returns to the store, but it is shut and looks like it has not been used in years. Garet sees a picture of billionaire Will Hughes and his home which has the same swan design on the arch as that of the ring and box. When they meet, he explains she is a guardian watchtower standing between two worlds fighting evil. Garet visits the Cloisters in the Bronx; where a manticore comes alive and bites her. Will tells her he is a vampire; his bite will rid her body of the deadly manticore toxin. He further explains he is tracking the demons Despair and Discord who came to this plane when the box was opened and are in the process of forming. Will wants to prevent them from spreading their malevolence and needs her help starting with her meeting King Oberon of the fairies. Garet's metamorphosis from designer to arcane warrior make for a fun urban fantasy as she sees fey on the city streets. Garet adapts to her new world order rather too easily as the heroine meets demons, elementals, air sprite, a mermaid, a dragon, a gnome and others while falling in love with a vampire. Fans will enjoy touring the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx with Garet as our guide. Harriet Klausner

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