Angel On The Ropes [NOOK Book]

Overview

Dazzling trapeze artist Amandine Sand leads a perilous double life. Will her secret—and her choices—save her planet or ruin it?

Amandine Sand walks a high wire between two lives—hobbled by a life-threatening secret. She’s a “leopard,” one of the spotted humans wrongly accused of being a plague-carrier. Leopards like her are hunted by zealots to protect their offworld colony ...
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Angel On The Ropes

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Overview

Dazzling trapeze artist Amandine Sand leads a perilous double life. Will her secret—and her choices—save her planet or ruin it?

Amandine Sand walks a high wire between two lives—hobbled by a life-threatening secret. She’s a “leopard,” one of the spotted humans wrongly accused of being a plague-carrier. Leopards like her are hunted by zealots to protect their offworld colony from the scourge.

Despite this threat, Amandine spends her days guiding other leopards to an underground shelter run by the pacifist Seekers. At night, with her own spots hidden, she takes to the air, the one place this extraordinary artist feels free and gloriously alive.

When the persecution of leopards explodes into widespread violence, the Seekers demand more of her time. But her circus is teetering toward bankruptcy and desperately needs her, too. She has no time to breathe… and then she meets a stranger who leaves her breathless. And might just be the biggest risk of all. If her trust is misplaced and she’s unmasked, everyone she loves—and everything she’s fought for—could crash.

Now she must make an irrevocable leap. Without a net.

Can a leopard summon the courage to reveal her true colors? Can a pacifist defend her violent enemies to stop a civil war? Can a reluctant angel fly beyond her limits to save her life, her love, and her world?
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Editorial Reviews

internationally bestselling author of LAST TO DIE - Tess Gerritsen
“Thrilling and stunningly imaginative, Angel on the Ropes snared me into an alternate world I completely believed in. Jill Shultz tells a wondrous tale!”
award-winning author of 32 SF and fantasy novels - Melissa Scott
“Angel on the Ropes is a riveting story that has everything one could want from a novel: a complex, beautifully realized world, a society caught between choices, and a protagonist who has to balance head and heart—and soul. It’s a compelling read, and one that will stay with you for a while.”
New York Times-bestselling author of the Green Rider series - Kristen Britain
“Jill Shultz’s debut novel is a fascinating journey into the far-future, but one that is immediately recognizable. A seamless blend of speculative imagination and heart, Angel on the Ropes is a novel that soars.”
author of the Nightrunner Series and Tamír Triad - Lynn Flewelling
“In Angel on the Ropes, Shultz introduces us to a complex, richly imagined world populated with engaging characters. The circus motif is magical!”
trapezist, formerly with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus - Peter Gold
“It’s so exciting it almost made my palms sweat.”
Peter Gold
“It’s so exciting it almost made my palms sweat.”
Melissa Scott
“Angel on the Ropes is a riveting story that has everything one could want from a novel: a complex, beautifully realized world, a society caught between choices, and a protagonist who has to balance head and heart—and soul. It’s a compelling read, and one that will stay with you for a while.”
Lynn Flewelling
“In Angel on the Ropes, Shultz introduces us to a complex, richly imagined world populated with engaging characters. The circus motif is magical!”
Tess Gerritsen
“Thrilling and stunningly imaginative, Angel on the Ropes snared me into an alternate world I completely believed in. Jill Shultz tells a wondrous tale!”
Kristen Britain
“Jill Shultz’s debut novel is a fascinating journey into the far-future, but one that is immediately recognizable. A seamless blend of speculative imagination and heart, Angel on the Ropes is a novel that soars.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016438252
  • Publisher: Jill Shultz
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 1,238,171
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jill Shultz is a novelist, freelance editor, and writing coach. She has a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and M.S.T. in Environmental Sciences from Antioch University. For most of her career, she zigzagged between environmental and arts organizations; some of the strange but true consequences can be found on the author page of her website (www.JillShultz.com).
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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    Absolutely terrific. Ms Shultz deals with prejudice, trust, and

    Absolutely terrific. Ms Shultz deals with prejudice, trust, and many issues facing us today in a really new and engaging world! Lets see more from Penance!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Set in the far future on another world, the novel explores preju

    Set in the far future on another world, the novel explores prejudice in all its varied forms, through Amandine, a trapeze artist. The world of Penance is fully realized with good descriptions of the life forms and how people found this world. The different factions on Penance are set up believably and lines drawn quickly. Amandine is lots of fun to follow, through her circus act, with her circus family (poor Bix) and Seeker family, to finding true love. A fun way to spend several hours and the story lines end well. Received free copy to review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    This was so different to what I have read before that it took me

    This was so different to what I have read before that it took me some time to decide what I thought of it. Armandine had me hooked from the first page and all the other characters leapt of the pages to fascinate and intrigue me. Even the odd gestural language used and the many pages of descriptions of trapeze acts was not enough to diminish my enjoyment of the story. Put it on your to buy list for June :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Within the confines of the circus performance, ANGEL ON THE ROPE

    Within the confines of the circus performance, ANGEL ON THE ROPES brings forth the magic.  Scenes involving complex stunts high up on the trapeze with circus partners, Jango and Amadine, are so breathtakingly written that I forgot I wasn’t watching a live performance.  Half the book occurs under the high tents, yet not once did I ever get the sensation that the performances were repetitive, mechanic, or boring.  While the performance aspect of the book blew me away, the book lacked in other areas.
    The (parenthesis) words aren’t explained early enough in the novel, leaving me wondering if the characters had some form of telepathy.  Eventually, I understood that (parenthesis) meant that the characters were speaking through a form of sign-language.  I wish that this was explained much earlier in the novel, since the lack of knowing drew me out of the story every time the (parenthesis) was used.  I also don’t think that the concept behind the Plaguellants was polished enough.  They come across as highly religious and paranoid of disease, yet the lack of testing within their ranks makes no sense.  The ending nearly ruined the book.  It forced characters to switch personalities and forgo habits that they displayed throughout the rest of the novel.
    Amadine begins the novel in a relationship with Malaga.  It’s clear from the beginning that the two are not soul-mates, yet Amadine is reluctant to part from Malaga.  Until the very end, Malaga is pigeon-holed as a shallow and selfish person.  There is a twist at the end to explain her behavior, but it’s too little and too late for me to feel that her character had any real depth or believablity.  The romance that develops slowly over the course of the novel, however, tugged at my heart-strings.  I think that the sex scene in this novel was probably the sweetest and most romantic in any novel I’ve ever read.  Coming from a reviewer that typically passes over sex scenes because of boredom, that is quite an accomplishment.  I absolutely adore Amadine’s mid-story lover and wish that I could find a guy like him.
    The performance of this author’s debut novel nearly brought me to my feet in applaud, however the out-of-place ending and some questionable character decisions by Malaga and Sterling kept me in my seat.  I’ll probably still buy a ticket to her next show, but this one disappointed me with its wasted potential.




    (I received a copy of this book from the author/Netgalley in exchange for my honest review)

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    Posted June 20, 2013

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