Tag Archives: Fairy Tales

From A High Tower

6 Nov

“From a High Tower” is the tenth Elemental Masters book by Mercedes Lackey.

This book is an interesting take on the tale of Rapunzel.

Giselle is an Air Elemental Master was magical growing hair… she’s also a sharp shooter, and after her adoptive mother dies, she joins a Wild West show traveling around Germany.  This is the key for a number of interesting adventures, especially when Rosa from “Blood Red” enters the story line.

Wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this one as much as the others I’ve read, but it turned out to be just as entertaining and fun.

If you like light fantasy, you could do a lot worse than read the Elemental Masters series.  There’s a smidgen of romance in most books, but not enough to qualify as fantasy romance.  The women in this series tend to be extremely strong.  Men complement them; they don’t complete them.

“From a High Tower” is extremely readable and enjoyable.  Highly recommended.

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Blood Red

23 Oct

In “Blood Red”  Mercedes Lackey, in the Elemental Masters series, lets loose on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Rosa’s adopted grandmother is murdered by werewolves, and she herself nearly killed, until her magical call for help brings, not only an enraged elk, but a band of Hunt Masters, who kill the werewolves and rescue Rosa, taking her with them to be trained as an Earth Elemental Master and to eventually become a Hunter Master herself.

Imagine a version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( who can talk to elementals) living in the 19th century Black Forest of Germany, and slaughtering vampires and werewolves with skill and passion.

Then along comes a Hungarian, Markos Nagy and his cousin Dominik, who need help killing werewolves in their homeland.  There’s just one problem.  Markos is a born werewolf and one of the good guys.  Rosa’s not too sure she believes it, but at insistence of the Count, who heads the White Lodge she’s been staying at, she sets off with Markos and Dominik for an adventure that is going to be bloody and deadly.

Fantastic story.  I am so glad I decided to start reading this series again.  “Blood Red” is well written, exciting, and a bloody good read.

Highly recommended.

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