Discord's Apple

Discord's Apple

by Carrie Vaughn
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Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn

When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope's Fort, Colorado is not the only legacy she will inherit. Hidden behind the basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again.

Of course, this legacy is not without its costs: there are those who will give anything to find a way in.

With the help of her father, a mysterious stranger named Alex, and some unexpected heroes, Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces and protect both the past and the future even as the present unravels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765325549
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, including Kitty's Big Trouble, Kitty Goes to War, and Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She is also the author of the standalone novel After the Golden Age, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops across the country from California to Florida. She earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a master's in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and an administrative assistant. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Discord's Apple 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
BookAddictPatti More than 1 year ago
First, I must give a shout-out to Dana from Reading Amidst the Chaos for sending me this book; she knew how much I was looking forward to reading it and kindly offered me her copy. Thank you Dana!!! I am a huge fan of Ms. Vaughn's Kitty Norville series. I knew, however, that Discord's Apple was going to be nothing like her Kitty series, and that's important to know before diving in. Knowing that didn't stop me from being confused at the beginning though...I eventually did find my groove and enjoyed the book. I had no idea it involved Greek mythology or that it was dystopian; I'm not sure why but I wrongly thought it was going to be a ghost story. There are actually 4 stories taking place: Evie, the main protagonist, who has come home to care for her ailing father. She's a comic book writer; she writes a military-themed comic called Eagle Eye Commandos that has a female heroine, Tracker, who embodies what Evie wants to be. As her father is dying, the pull of the basement becomes stronger in Evie. When a woman comes to her and asks Evie if she has something in the basement for her, Evie knows the answer is no. She does not know it is the goddess Hera, who has been searching for the apple of discord, and Hera does not intend to let it go. Tracker's story runs through the book as well. There has been some sort of political upheaval in the world (Evie's mother was killed during this time) and Evie's comic is related to current events. Things like checkpoints and town militias are in full effect but as the reader we don't know exactly what happened. As political machinations happen in her world, Evie must change the comic to reflect what's going on in the world and, more subtly, changes in Evie's life. Alex/Sinon is an immortal mortal (he can't die but he is human, not magic). He's come to the storeroom to see if he can find something to kill himself with. He ends up staying to watch over Evie and protect her from Hera, who has come to claim Discord's Apple. His story of Troy and the events to follow was interesting. The fourth storyline is the story of the basement itself. Starting with present day, we get brief glimpses of her ancestors who watched over the storeroom until finally we are gifted with the identity of the original guardian. At first I was a bit confused by the different storylines and the mythology, but as I continued to read I became more and more curious to find out what happened next. Evie ends up with some impressive allies in her fight to keep the apple away from Hera. I enjoyed Evie's story, Alex/Sinon's story, and the basement's story. I kind of felt like Tracker's story was filler. Also, Evie's illustrator, Bruce, appeared a few times and he felt out of place - especially when he abrubtly exited the story; he also felt like superfluous filling. All in all I liked Discord's Apple. It was short and I didn't get answers to all the questions I was hoping to have answered, but the ending was satisfying and left me with a smile.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With her dad Frank dying, Evie Walker leaves Los Angeles for his home In Hopes Font, Colorado, to take care of her father. She moves in with him, but is stunned by the attitude of the visitors who ignore her and barely greet her dad. They insolently enter the basement and leave with hardly a farewell salutation toting out strange junk. A comic book writer, Evie reflects on how the strangers are stranger than her characters. In Troy, with the help of Odysseus, Sinon the "Liar" gets in the walled city. He persuades the doubting Trojans that Greeks gave up their siege and left behind a large wooden horse. His ruse enables the Greeks to win the war, but also angers Apollo with the dishonorable deception. He ignores Odysseus holding the Liar culpable. A furious Apollo kidnaps Sinon, forcing the Liar to become his cupbearer. In Colorado, with the death of her dad, Evie takes over shielding the basement from those who have no business there. Hera orders Evie to give her the golden apple that causes discord and actually began the Trojan War though some say that the affront by Helen's stepfather to Aphrodite is where it began. Evie fears what the Goddess will do with Discord's Apple; her prime ally in refusing Hera is a stranger Alex, who conceals his agenda from the mortal he is falling in love with. This is a wild super Rocky Mountains fantasy as Carrie Vaughn departs from her DJ werewolf novels to tell an intriguing epic adventure that includes a hodgepodge from Camelot, Greek mythology and even someone who claims to have known Jesus in his heyday. The cast is strong including the basement storage facility and the fascinating artifacts as Evie and readers learn that the victors write the mythos of history. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carrie Vaughn expertly weaves the themes of current political events, mythology, family and romance in this engrossing tale. The only tragedy here is that the story had to end.
DARKFAN More than 1 year ago
I am a voracious reader. In any given year, I will read, just about, every Urban Fantasy book that is released. Many of those books are what I call "Popcorn Books". Like popcorn, the books are simple, fun and quickly gone. Like popcorn, they don't stay with you for that long. Discord's Apple in definitely not a Popcorn Book. Complex characters and layered plots make this a full meal that you will think back on fondly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little disjointed-it seems like an early work by the author. I enjoyed it however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chaotic with a bad wrap up :(
Laurahen More than 1 year ago
I started reading the Kitty Norville series and hesitated to buy a book not set in that "universe". I finished this book in one weekend and it just blew me away! I didn't think the author could top Kitty, but she did!!
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"May I be the first to say, blech. I don't do romance." Shiva says, morphing into an unknown form and creating a portal to the palace.
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Moishe_Moose More than 1 year ago
I'll warn you that this book may not have the type of ending that the average reader craves, but don't let that stop you from immersing yourself in this wonderful pre-apocalyptic tale by Carrie Vaughn. Comic book author Evie Walker goes back to her ailing father's home & learns about her family's hidden connection to the goddess, Hera, & the Trojan War. No one can quite spin a tapestry of words like Carrie Vaughn when it comes to story-telling. Within Evie's tale, we glimpse the story that Evie is writing for her next comic book series. We also see events from the perspective of the person instrumental in the successful "Trojan Horse campaign". I highly recommend this book. Just don't complain about the ending; it works!
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