Carousel Tides

Carousel Tides

by Sharon Lee


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ISBN-13: 9781439133958
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,146,056
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.56(d)

About the Author

Sharon Lee lives in the rolling hills of Central Maine with her husband, Steve Miller, and two insistent muses in the form of cats and a large cast of characters. Sharon has published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels, and, with her husband, has done collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy, including twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe® series. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones.

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Carousel Tides 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, I come across a fantasy that is immensely satisfying on many different levels. This wonderfully-wrought book by Sharon Lee was one such treat. It falls comfortably within a number of genres: it's contemporary, romantic and in first person; it's got a flawed but passionate and courageous protagonist; the locale is a small town on the Maine coast, drenched in color; it's got some interesting twists on the lands of Faerie, a council of "the Wise," evil magicians, the corrupting influences of power, naiads and selkies and elemental spirits; best of all, it's got the spookiest carousel since Ray Bradbury, complete with a fanged, batwinged horse that's really an imprisoned criminal spirit. Lee weaves together all these elements with a sure and skillful touch.
bluedog More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put this book down. It was a good mystery with lots of suspense along with humor. The Otherworldly characters are interesting and refreshingly different. I intend to look into her other books as she has a way of writing that makes you want to hope the story never ends. Although I don't like stories to go more than three or four books, this one should continue!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great contemporary fantasy from Sharron Lee. Intriguing plot line. Vivid, realistic characters. A great book to read and re-read.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Living away from Archers Beach was killing her slowly. As it turns out, coming home may speed the process up considerably. Unfortunately, with her grandmother gone missing, quarter-fae Kate Archer doesn't have much choice but to end her self-imposed exile. She's come back to Archers Beach and the Fun Country Amusement Park, to an empty house, a sickened Land eager to have its Guardian back, and to the Fantasy Menagerie Merry-go-Round, a shiny painted, brass and wood prison for five malicious, precariously-bound, fae. Promising herself she'll only stay until she's located her Gran, it isn't long before Kate is neck deep in trouble.Hope there's a sequel - there's certainly material to work with!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kate Archer, who had sworn never to go home again, returns to Archers Beach, Maine, because her Gran is missing. Something is very wrong in Archers Beach, and Kate is the only one who can fix it--if she can. To do so, she must reclaim her Guardianship of the land and find allies among the local spirits of earth and sea.A complex contemporary fantasy that keeps getting richer and stranger.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kate is coming home to a small seaside community to find out where her grandmother has disappeared to. She finds that things are not going well in the town. Her grandmother is a dryad who runs the carousel at the local amusement park. The carousel is also the prison for some beings from one of the other 6 worlds and they are in danger of getting loose. Criminals are running drugs through the town and none of the supernatural beings are able to stop them. An old enemy of hers has reappeared. This is a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book was just a little more `fantasy' than my usual Urban Fantasy reads. It was also a breath of fresh air. "Carousel Tides" is the story of Kate who once was the guardian of a piece of land called Archer's Beach. She also protected the carousel in Fun County. When Kate's grandmother disappears, Kate is forced to come back to Archer's Beach and face several different, dark aspects of her past. In the wake of her grandmother's disappearance, it is up to Kate to get the carousel cleaned up and ready for the early tourist season, face her old friends, meet some new ones, and face a new resident who is potentially involved in some drug running on Archer's Beach. That all seams fully set in reality. But the story is far from what it appears on first glance. The carousel has six animals who are actually bound prisoners from another world. (The story mentions 6 different worlds altogether). Gran is actually a dryad and her tree is sick, but not dead, and therefore she is missing, but probably not dead. Fae beings live and work along the pier. I really enjoyed the story. I want a sequel now, but there isn't anything confirming one that I could find. The story is satisfyingly wrapped up but some things seem to suggest future books could be possible. Someone shows up from Kate's past at the very end and doesn't go anywhere. Kate's relationship with Borgan doesn't feel settled. And there are six different worlds, and only a couple were really touched on here. I am giving the book four stars. Right now that goes against the `tide' as all the other reviews are five starred. My complaints are few and they are minor. I was confused in a couple points in the story and I thought things could have been explained better. I was slightly bothered by the climax with the bad guy. It was very underwhelming although there was great build up for it. Kate also had at least two dramatic events that shaped her past. I didn't think enough time was spent on them. One event was supposed to explain the reason Kate chose to leave the Beach (with dramatic consequences) and I thought the reasoning was very weak. It didn't wash for me. I loved the carousel and the idea of it. Those `animals' provided the best scenes in the book and I wanted more of them. This book was unique and enjoyable. I suggest it to fantasy readers everywhere. I am crossing my fingers for more books set in this world.
gchristianson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Carousel Tides by Sharon LeeUrban Fantasy¿Hummm, This is the first book of this genre that I have read.Here¿s the blurb from the back of the book:¿Carousel Tides pulls you into the chill foggy reality of peeling-paint sand-grit coastal Maine outside of tourist season and then hands you something else ¿ the hidden world lurking in shadows or under the land¿s surface or just offshore, where Black Dogs hunt the night and selkies toss unpleasant truths over their shoulders before diving into the next wave. In the center of this, Kate Archer tends and guards one of the spookiest carousels this side of Ray Bradbury and wonders what has happened to her grandmother. The old woman sent her a letter, left papers deeding over the carousel and old house and the Land (meaning much more than property), and vanished, telling the spirits of the land and sea that she expected to be back before the turning of the year.¿Now March has come and gone and Kate must return from self-exile to take up powers and responsibilities she has renounced, or dying will be the least of her problems . . .¿Sharon Lee weaves fantasy into reality so deftly that you scarcely notice when you slip across the edge. And once you¿re there, the story¿s own magic won¿t let you turn back from the strong characters, deep mysteries, and even deeper danger.¿¿James A. Hetley, author of Dragon¿s Eye, Dragon¿s Teeth, and Dragon¿s Bones.As the book begins you find that Kate is ill or dying and she has left home for some unknown reason. Her Grandmother is missing. She is responsible for a carousel in an amusement park and also some land, that is more than land¿A great beginning with tons of mystery. It captured my imagination, especially the carousel. Borgan a new man in Kate¿s hometown is an interesting character and I would have liked to know more about him. (Maybe in a sequel??)There is some sexual chemistry between Kate and Borgan and I would have liked to have seen that explored more. As the story progresses you find that Kate has been the victim of sexual abuse. The abuse is described in a subtle manner and I felt it was handled quite tastefully (if that is possible). I had difficulty with Kate accepting Borgan¿s advances without considering her history of abuse. Her character didn¿t appear to be affected by the abuse. Other reviews have criticized the character development of Kate and I have to agree. She just didn¿t have much dimension. I wanted to care about her more than I did.I did love the idea and fantasy of the carousel characters, especially the Batwing horse! The descriptions of Maine made me want to visit the area.The plot was interesting and overall I liked this book. I would give it to a friend to read. I think I will continue to investigate the ¿urban fantasy¿ books in the future.My other complaint, which I find happens all to often with books I have read recently, is that the climax and ending seemed to rush to the conclusion. I wanted more. More Borgan, more about her Mother and Grandmother and Mr. Ignat.Maybe that is a call for a sequel!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous book. Mostly about the Maine coast, and the summer attractions. This overlayed with a dusting of earch magic, elven magic, and just plain good story telling. The characters are real. Perhaps you have never noticed the magic, but you probably have noticed the person sitting at the other end of the dinner counter, or the person taking your ticket at the Carousel booth. You should start the three book series with this book, and ease into the full series. Or maybe just buy all three for your Nook, and spend a lovely weekend reading. In fact after reading this book, I paid mor attention to the carousel at this summer's amusement park. Riding the flashy white horse on the moving pole, the giraffe, the standing charger, and watchiing the people and how they chose their rides.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In the resort of Archers Beach, Maine, elderly Bonny Pepperidge vanishes without a trace. When she learns her beloved relative is missing, Bonny's worried granddaughter Kate Archer rushes home to the town she grew up in hoping to find her grandma. She also reluctantly takes over Bonny's role as Guardian of Fun Country amusement park, a place where fae criminals are exiled and become the "animals". Drug smuggler Joe Nemeier is unhappy with Kate's arrival. He sends his hit men to kill her. Meanwhile, the earth spirits inform a worried Kate that they think Bonny has discovered where Kate's missing mom has been all these years. However, the family reunion may prove deadly if the three generations of females reunite as besides the Nemeier mob, an evil fiend pursues Kate's mom who just escaped from devilish incarceration. This is a fabulous Maine horror-fantasy tale. Sharon Lee's vivid imagery will transport readers into a foggy deadly atmosphere. By returning home Kate becomes the focus of otherworldly and human predators in a fabulous setting. Readers will be spellbound as all hell literally breaks out just because the prodigal granddaughter has come home; and like a magnet has attracted Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury). Harriet Klausner