Carousel Tides

Carousel Tides

by Sharon Lee

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Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee

Suspenseful Urban Fantasy by the Co-Author of the Popular Liaden Universe® Series.

Advance Praise for Carousel Tides:

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.


“Sharon Lee's finely observed detail evokes magic in Maine and gives conviction to six alternate, richly-inhabited universes.” —Rob Weisbrot, author of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules, the Legendary Journeys: The Official Companion

“Sharon Lee is one of my all-time favorite authors, a gifted storyteller whose work never fails to enchant. With Carousel Tides she gives her fans another opportunity to spend time with fascinating characters, bringing them to life in a place that becomes so real you can smell the salt air around you. Her fine hand with detail never lets the suspense falter, as mystery, folklore, and magic are artfully interwoven into a thoroughly engaging tale. Carousel Tides will leave you eagerly awaiting the next novel by this master.” —Jan Burke, author of The Messenger, Bones, and Bloodlines

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451638059
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Edition description: Baen
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(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 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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.
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