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As royal assassin for the Faerie Queen, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus. It is one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals, and someone is causing it to mysteriously disappear. Claire’s job is to find the culprit before the Winter Kingdom’s supply of Dream is depleted enough to threaten the very survival of the Fey. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.
About the Author
Originally from small-town Iowa, A. R. Kahler attended an arts boarding school to study writing at the age of sixteen. Since then, he has traveled all over the world, earning a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Glasgow and teaching circus arts in Amsterdam and Madrid. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
For more information, please visit www.arkahler.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pale Queen Rising had some strengths but also some weaknesses that kept me from being fully present in the experience. I can live with an unlikeable narrator who, by the end, is still a sympathetic character, but I questioned if the tone and bravado was a cover for a character who was not so sure of herself. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough for me by the end to determine if the narrator was unreliable. The story was good, although at times it meandered a bit - albeit not so much I found it annoying. The concept of "dream" and fairy contracts worked for me and the internal / external threat kept the plot moving along, even if at times it was predictable. The characters were a mixed bag - Clare wasn't the most sympathetic hero, and as mentioned I question her tone and bravado, regularly debating if it was just poorly done, or if it was intentional to hide something more intentional about the character. Her demon side-kick was well done, as was the Immortal Circus Ringmaster, but Queen Mab was flat (and questionable as to how she actually impacted Clare beyond what Clare tells us) as was the character, Roxy, that Clare's 'casual relationship' personality fell for. I get that love / attraction aren't always rational, but beyond a physical attraction, I couldn't figure out what made Clare feel as she did throughout the novel. Unfortunately that particular concern made question how a character like Clare could miss such important clues and made the end less impactful than it could have been otherwise.