Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters Series #7)

Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters Series #7)

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by Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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Susanne Whitestone, an Earth Master magician, had always lived in Whitestone Manor and liked nothing more than to keep the land itself and its animal inhabitants thriving. For the last eleven years, she has had a special teacher in the forest—a powerful fae known only as Robin. Susanne, at twenty-one, doubted any mortal Earth Master could find fault

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Susanne Whitestone, an Earth Master magician, had always lived in Whitestone Manor and liked nothing more than to keep the land itself and its animal inhabitants thriving. For the last eleven years, she has had a special teacher in the forest—a powerful fae known only as Robin. Susanne, at twenty-one, doubted any mortal Earth Master could find fault with the practices that Robin taught her.

But though Susanne was her father’s only child, she had never set eyes on him, for Richard Whitestone lived as a recluse in a sectioned off wing of the manor. Richard Whitestone was also an Earth Master, but since his beloved wife’s death in childbirth, he had lived a kind of half-life. He hated even the thought of the child who had ended his wife’s life. His own life had withered, and as he had grown bitter, and blighted, so had everything he could see from his windows—the once-beautiful private garden was now as stark and wizened as his heart. 

But as the years passed, Richard found that there was one thing that gave him solace—the thought, an obsession, that he could bring his Rebecca back to life through necromancy. He would need an appropriate vessel for her spirit, a young woman, preferably one who looked like she did and was approximately the same age that Rebecca has been at the time of her death—twenty-one....and Susanne was the image of her mother.

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Editorial Reviews

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Raves for Unnatural Issue:

"Set in an alternate England on the ve of World War I, the latest addition to Lackey's 'Elemenal Masters' series features a strong female protagonist in search of her true calling and a sophisticated nobleman who discovers that there is more to life than magic. Verdict: historical fantasy and gothic romance combine beautifully in this fantasy adventure from the author of the popular Valdemar novels." 
Library Journal

"Lackey has delivered another fine entry into the Elemental Masters series with this take of an abandoned child suddenly thrust into the center of a very class conscious London at the start of WWI. Readers cannot help but admire Susanne's pluck, determination, and desire to do right while building a new life and experiencing her first serious crush. The storyline and subplots are smoothly woven together and as usual, Lackey's character development is delightful. The climax offers a small surprise as assistance comes not from a magical source but from something even scarier." 
Monsters & Critics

"All in fairy-tale tradition....It's grim fun, with some nice historical detail, and just a hint of romance to help lighten things." 
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Library Journal
Mentally unhinged by the death of his wife in childbirth, Earth Master Richard Whitestone not only abandoned his duties as protector of his lands but refused to acknowledge his only daughter. Raised among the household servants, Susanne inherits her parents' elemental earth powers but must search outside her family for a teacher. When news of a necromancer in Whitestone's territory reaches the White Lodge of Elemental Masters in London, Water Master Lord Peter Almsley travels to the vicinity to confront the practitioner of forbidden lore and finds a young woman desperately in need of training. Set in an alternate England on the eve of World War I, the latest addition to Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series (The Fire Rose; The Serpent's Shadow; The Gates of Sleep; Phoenix and Ashes; The Wizard of London; Reserved for the Cat) features a strong female protagonist in search of her true calling and a sophisticated nobleman who discovers that there is more to life than magic. VERDICT Historical fantasy and gothic romance combine beautifully in this fantasy adventure from the author of the popular Valdemar novels.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407261
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Series:
Elemental Masters Series, #7
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
402,620
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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Unnatural Issue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
ClaraHelen More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Lackey's Elemental Masters, and I was thrilled to hear that she had written another book in the series. I ordered it for the NOOK as soon as I heard about it and read it immediately. It did not disappoint. My favorite characters from the earlier books were back, and I was delighted that Lord Peter was front and center. I hope this book becomes the great success it deserves to be and that we can look forward to more tales of the Elemental Masters.
DivaMamaC More than 1 year ago
This is the most disturbing of the Elemental Masters series. That your father would first disown, deny, and ignore your existence then try to remake you into your mother through elemental magic is sooo creepy, except that Puck is there to save the day. I don't think I could concentrate on anything else except getting back to this book the entire time I was reading it.
I-luv-2-read More than 1 year ago
This series is great. I truly love this serie. I've going to buy this series as paperbacks rather than purchase it as a nook book. I like the reality of the story mixed with the unreality of the idea. The author of this series has written many titles and stories that I love. She has written the Valdemar series and then has written stories based on her take of fairy tales. She is definitely a great writer in my book and I love all of her stories and tales. This is written before WWI and looks at the idea of service and nobility and how it is changing. This covers many of the problems and discoveries of WWI. Devinely read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book love her work
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K * shreds the dummy with her swords before going to the gym*
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Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
When Earth Master Richard Whitestone's wife dies in childbirth, he discards their newborn  daughter Suzanne in a fit of rage. Suzanne is raised as a servant of the household, while her father wastes away in his chambers. After many years, Whitestone develops a new passion - necromancy. When he sees his daughter wandering his lands, he realizes she is the perfect vessel in which to trap his dead wife's spirit. Suzanne must flee her father, and hide in the guise of a servant in another household. But her skill in Earth magic is difficult to hide... This is a non-canonical retelling of the fairy tale Donkeyskin, and is part of Lakey's Elemental Master series. Although it certainly has charm and originality, it is not my favorite of the Donkeyskin retellings, nor of the Elemental Master series. I felt the premise of the book - a necromantic father, Elemental Masters fighting in WWI, with a touch of romance - had promise. Unfortunately, it just wasn't delivered as well as it could have been. The romance seemed forced, and the war sections uninteresting. Not that it was a terrible book, but it could have been so much better. Lackey is better than this.  But, if you're looking for a fluffy-quick read, or an original fairy tale retelling, this book will certainly deliver that.  The narration by Kate Reading was quite good. She did the voices well, and had good timing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lackey and both the elemental series as well as 500 kingdoms. This one is disturbing in a way that McKinley's Deerskin was not. Not a book I enjoyed.
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