Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters Series #7)

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New in paperback, the sixth Elemental Masters novel from national bestselling author Mercedes Lackey.

Richard Whitestone is an Elemental Earth Master. Blaming himself for the death of his beloved wife in childbirth, he has sworn never to set eyes on his daughter, Suzanne. But when he finally sees her, a dark plan takes shape in his twisted mind—to use his daughter's body to bring back the spirit of his ...

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Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters Series #7)

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Overview

New in paperback, the sixth Elemental Masters novel from national bestselling author Mercedes Lackey.

Richard Whitestone is an Elemental Earth Master. Blaming himself for the death of his beloved wife in childbirth, he has sworn never to set eyes on his daughter, Suzanne. But when he finally sees her, a dark plan takes shape in his twisted mind—to use his daughter's body to bring back the spirit of his long-dead wife.

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When Wusanne Whitestone father catches a glimpse of his daughter that reminds him of his late wife, he turns a moment of parental pride and nostalgia into a ghoulish wish: He decides to use his offspring's body to resurrection of his long dead spouse. Critics and other readers praised this fantasy adventure's smooth blending of historical fantasy and gothic romance. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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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: 9780594493105
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 633,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the bestselling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.
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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Don't plan on closing the book until you're done!

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    The Elemental Masters are back!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    Truly immaginative!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    great

    great book love her work

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Skylar

    K * shreds the dummy with her swords before going to the gym*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Asylum

    Me as a child.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    S

    Gtgtb bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Moon

    She shoots some bows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Andrew

    Im going to the gym ( res 4 .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    A little boy

    He plays with his tiny pe<_>nis. Winking at Moon. "Too big for you." He then dies because somebody killed him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Cassi

    The dummies wont break. if you want, i can strengthen the sword so they wont either

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    When Earth Master Richard Whitestone's wife dies in childbirth,

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Ick

    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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