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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Must read!!!

    There is so much good stuff in this book. The author has created a version of America in the 1800's full of magic, action and interesting characters. I have to admit that I'm usually not a fan of that era, but M.K. Hobson's choice of details kept me fascinated, intrigued, and, for lack of a better word, nostalgic. This amazing backdrop supported a storyline filled with fast-paced action, following the plight of two colorful characters across the United States. I was dreading the romance that was alluded to by the cover ("the magic of the human heart"), but the romance is genuine, not mushy at all, and not an overbearing aspect of the book. One character, Dreadnought Stanton, has an incredible acerbic wit that had me laughing to myself as I read. Emily Edwards is the heroine who goes through an incredible journey. She goes from an 1800's backwoods woman trying to find a man to marry and take care of her financially to a woman with extreme power, literally in the palm of her hand.

    There is more to this book than just adventure, characters, magic and romance. M.K. Hobson has also managed to ingeniously weave philosophical and political commentary seamlessly into her work as well, giving this book something extra to reflect upon. She explores the power of ideas and propaganda in a truly unique way as well as a myriad of other ponderables. I would expound upon that, but I don't want to ruin the joy of reading it...and it is a must read!

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    This is an entertaining alternate historical fantasy

    In 1876 in Lost Pines high in the Sierras Mountains local witch Emily Edwards struggles with a failing business as technology has changed and her neighbors mo longer purchase spells from her as they can mail order them. She decides to cast a love spell to catch a man she has adored since she was a child. She mouths the rhyme while dancing nude and applying lavender.

    However, success proves a failure as she has her man adoring her, but she realizes it is not the real thing. Making her feel worse about her error is the exiled wizard from the East Coast Dreadnought Stanton who snottily enjoys telling her she is a snafu. However, Emily has a bigger issue to contend with as minors are turning into hungry berserker zombies and raccoons as large as whales due to ill advised magic appear. Finally, after finding an artifact Emily eludes witch hunters, mindless assassins and evil blood sorcerers. She figures if she flees California for New York, all will be right in her out of balanced world; Dreadnought accompanies her.

    This is an entertaining alternate historical fantasy as M.K. Hobson does a great job setting up a United States in which the government uses magic to enhance national patriotism and magic can be bought through the mail. The story line is fun as Emily struggles to undo her error while Dreadnought smirks at her until both are running, riding, and railing for their lives. Sub-genre fans will appreciate The Native Star as alternate Reconstruction Era America comes vividly alive.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted April 15, 2013

    Skyclaw

    Curls up and lies down in bed and is soon asleep

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    Posted April 15, 2013

    Silverrose

    She fell asleep in her nest in the middle of her den.

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    Posted April 16, 2013

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    Goes to result 1

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    Couldn't Put It Down!

    I rarely stay up at all hours to finish a book, but Native Star kept me turning the pages until I was done. It wasn't just the plot that kept me involved, but the characters, all so richly imagined and vividly drawn. By the end of the book, I felt like I really knew Emily, and wouldn't mind spending more time with her. I will definitely be buying the next book! Dreadnought was just so lovably irritating, half the time I wanted to smack him, the other half I couldn't help but admire him. Neither are perfect, but are believably flawed. Please don't think this is a strictly a romance. The book is first and foremost an adventure/mystery story. The romance was handled very lightly, it wasn't the center of the story, but still very satisfying. The plot was full of twists and turns, and the story never went where I expected it to go. Unpredictable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    I want to read more about these characters and this world!

    M.K. Hobson writes in such a reader "inside scoop" style! You cannot help but get hooked right from the start. There is a great balance of adventure, thrill, humor, and character development throughout this story. The world is full of creative twists that take you by surprise. [If That (now classic old alternate reality) TV show, The Wild Wild Wild West had employed M.K. Hobson's ideas, I would have been a big fan.] She changes up the frontier world in such a way that it is succulently alien and yet believable, accessible and fresh.

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