Whiskey and Water (Promethean Age Series #2)

Whiskey and Water (Promethean Age Series #2)

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by Elizabeth Bear

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Several years ago, Matthew the Magician ended an age-old war. It only cost him everything-and everyone-he knew and loved. Turning against his mentor, Jane Andraste, in the realm of Faerie left him physically crippled and his power shattered.

But Matthew remains the protector of New York City. So when he finds a young woman brutally murdered by a Fae creature, he


Several years ago, Matthew the Magician ended an age-old war. It only cost him everything-and everyone-he knew and loved. Turning against his mentor, Jane Andraste, in the realm of Faerie left him physically crippled and his power shattered.

But Matthew remains the protector of New York City. So when he finds a young woman brutally murdered by a Fae creature, he must bring her killer to justice before Jane uses the crime to justify more war-and before he confronts an even larger threat in the greatest Adversary of all...

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Publishers Weekly

Addressing such wide-ranging topics as absolution, kindness and cruelty, Bear mixes classic and modern supernatural archetypes to craft a beautiful tale whose reach exceeds its grasp. Seven years after the antifairy Promethean Society was nearly destroyed (as chronicled in Blood and Iron), Fae, devils and humans begin further duels for power and their immortal souls. Seeking vengeance, Christopher Marlowe leaves Lucifer's household and challenges the Promethean Mage Jane Andraste to a duel. Meanwhile, Lucifer enrages Satan by requesting an audience with God, and Àine, the queen of the Unseelie Court, tries to unseat Jane's granddaughter, Elaine, as Faerie Queen. These battles occur simultaneously, straining the reader's ability to keep track of each character's multiple machinations. In fact, so many fabulous characters appear (Morgan le Fey, Fionnghuala, the archangel Michael, etc.) that the book desperately needs a complete list of its dramatis personae and their multiple aliases to give the reader a fighting chance to fully enjoy this idiosyncratic fantasy. (July)

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Matthew Szczegielniak, also known as Matthew Magus, lost his brother and the use of his right hand in a disastrous war against the Fae, spurred on by the treachery of fellow Promethean Mage Jane Andraste. Seven years later, Jane is building a new army of mages, and Matthew discovers the body of a young woman, apparently murdered by a Faerie agent. To fulfill his job as protector of New York City, Matthew must find the murderer, avert another war with the Fae, and contend with the very forces of hell and the New York legal system. Bear's sequel to Blood and Ironreaffirms her skill at creating memorable-and memorably flawed-characters as well as her sure hand at blending together the modern world with the world of the Fae. Her elegant storytelling should appeal to fans of Charles de Lint,Jim Butcher, and other cross world and urban fantasy authors. A strong addition to fantasy collections.

—Jackie Cassada

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Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Promethean Age Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Elizabeth Bear spent six years in the Mojave Desert, but currently lives in Connecticut. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she studied anthropology and English Literature. She received the 2005 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Author website: elizabethbear.com.

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Whiskey and Water (Promethean Age Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Seven years has passed since Matthew survived the BLOOD AND IRON escapades when most of his loyal allies died and many of those who did not betrayed him. Matthew has come back from his war to save the land of Faerie to his hometown of New York City where he has vowed to protect the residents from the malevolent practitioners of dark magic and their otherworldly minion. However, his enemy in Faerie realm Jane Andraste has started a new scheme to destroy her only formidable adversary Matthew before she begins her second attempt at taking power. She arranges for Matthew to be more than just a party of interest in a murder she insures New York¿s finest have evidence to lock Matthew away for quite a long time until it would prove too late for him to stop her. When he struggles with mundane matters in the Big Apple pertaining to a homicide investigation, Jane begins her coup in Faerie land. --- This is a terrific urban fantasy in which the hero has troubles on two planes as his archenemy has tied him up in New York City with the police wanting to question him as their prime suspect in a homicide while in the faerie realm, Jane¿s coup d¿etat has commenced. Readers will appreciate this cleverly designed and well written sequel as Matthew prays more people he cares about survive his latest encounter with the malevolent Jane who does not worry about collateral damage. The murder investigation brings a plausible reality to this delightful tale filled with all sorts of otherworldly species as Matthew and Jane face off in round two. --- Harriet Klausner
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History and fantasy melded perfectly
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Luanna255 More than 1 year ago
The second installment of the Promethean Age series takes place seven years after the end of Book 1, Blood and Iron. As with the first book, Whiskey and Water provides a fresh and complex view of Faerie, with flawed and often morally ambiguous characters. Old favorites from the first book such as Elaine Andraste, Matthew Schcegielniak (however you spell his last name), Ian MacNeill, Jane Andraste, Carel Bierce (a.k.a. Merlin) and Morgan le Fay return, while many new characters are also introduced. Elaine Andraste, perhaps my favorite character from Blood and Iron, largely lost my sympathy in Whiskey and Water, mainly due to the fact that, having given up her soul in Book 1, she has ceased to have human emotions and become largely cold and Fae. While the plotline is an interesting one, as a character it makes her far less sympathetic to the reader. Matthew Schcegielniak, on the other hand, remains largely unchanged since Book 1. His plotlines are interesting and he remains a sympathetic character. For a character whose importance and power was made so much of in Book 1, Carel Bierce remains strangely underdeveloped in Whiskey and Water. Presumably she is using her power for Faerie, but this is largely not seen. Her relationship with Matthew is also largely neglected.
Many new characters are also introduced, and Bear juggles far more subplots than in Book 1. Of these, my favorite is probably Christopher Marlowe (or Marley) who manages to hold my interest largely simply by being Christopher Marlowe, but also by having some of the more interesting plotlines in the book, involving (SPOILERS!) a duel with Elaine Andraste and his relationship with Lucifer Morningstar (his conversations with Lucifer are probably the most enjoyable and thought-provoking dialogue of the book). His friendship with Matthew is also an unexpected and enjoyable plotline.
Other newly introduced characters do not all fare as well. Christian, a Mage who appears to have been recruited by Jane Andraste as a replacement for Matthew, is revealed (SPOILERS! In fact, if you don't want spoilers, just stop reading now!) to be a devil of some sort. His motives and loyalties remain unclear, and his relationship with Lily is unaffecting. Bear suddenly introduces the term "Otherkin" as if expecting us to understand what it means. From what I gather, they are simply regular humans who want to be Faerie. Why this entitles them to a label other than "childish" or "in denial" is unclear. These Otherkin characters, namely Jewels and Althea, are somewhat interesting. Althea is killed off early, but Jewels (and her non-Otherkin boyfriend, Geoff) stay around and have some okay plotlines.
Carel's lover Autumn, and a character named Gypsy, only complicate things and completely failed to capture my interest. I found myself skimming through scenes involving them, and I am still unsure as to what their purpose in the book was.
Nuala returns with some interesting plotlines but still remains an idifferent character to me.
Overall, the handling of the many plotlines is so-so. The book is long enough that none of them feel underdeveloped, but some do seem unnecessary, and the constant skipping around is aggravating to the reader.
My largest complaint is in the book's many meaningless and unnecessary sexual relationships, which detract from the plotlines and from the characters. I do also wish there had been a few less plotlines. Still, the book is worth readin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago