Thursday, 2 June 2011

Black Swan Rising - Book Review

Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll

What is it about:
With her fair share of problems - money (lack of), an elderly father, a struggling business - Garet should be just like any other young, single New Yorker. If only it was that simple...

It began with the old silver box that had been soldered shut. All Garet had to do was open it. A favour for the frail owner of the antiques shop. Who wouldn't help?

Only then things start to change. Garet doesn't notice at first, the shifts are barely perceptible. But the city is beginning to reveal a darker, long-hidden side. Figures, shadows, flit in and out of her vision. She finds herself drawn to the mysterious Will Hughes. He's a stranger and yet Garet feels she has known him for an eternity.

And whatever escaped from the box has no intention of going back in...

What did I think of it:
I'll be honest and confess I picked this book up because of the beautiful cover, but I'm very glad I did as this is a great read. Lee Carroll (a writing duo btw) creates a beautiful and intriguing story, set in a magical New York. The book is filled with a colourful cast of characters, picked from several different mythologies, stories and legends, but they all fit together perfectly. The story is intense and even with the use of elements from other stories it has a unique voice of its own. It's very well written, although the writing did give the story the feel as if it was meant to be a Young Adult read even though Garet is 26. All in all a more than enjoyable read and after finishing this book I immediately put the second book in this series (The Watchtower) on my wishlist.

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful fairytale set in New York.

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Demented Wench said...

I would have bought it because of the cover too. :)

SusiSunshine said...

Me as a cover whore totally understand why you couldn't resist. This is the second time this week I read such a good review about this book.

Really should get this one.

Sullivan McPig said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one to fall for a beautiful cover ;-)