The Seven Markets

The Seven Markets

by David Hoffman
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The Seven Markets by David Hoffman

Once in every century, for three days only, the Market comes.

Her whole life, Ellie MacReady has delighted at her papa's stories of the fantastical Market. The creatures that walk its streets. The wonders waiting in every shopkeeper's window. The exotic foods and unearthly scents which tempt travelers on every corner.

But in all his stories, her papa never mentioned the irresistible Prince, or the perils which await young girls who wander away to explore the Market on their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988595903
Publisher: Ohbalto Media LLC
Publication date: 11/22/2012
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

David Hoffman is the author of The Seven Markets and the forthcoming Beautiful Handcrafted Animals. He and his wife live in Westchester, New York. He is currently working on two books, and really ought to sleep more.

The Seven Markets is his first book.

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The Seven Markets 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cindymt More than 1 year ago
A debut novel that avoids the usual first-book problems, it’s a little hard to pigeon hole. Is it a time travel? Fantasy? Whatever it is, it’s fun. Takes a piece of the fairy tales and changes things up, so we follow Ellie, who drank ale at the fairy market and then gave her real name! which puts her under the power of the fey. The story tells of Ellie’s adventures through seven of these fairy markets and since the market only comes to the human world every century or so, there are quite a few changes each time the market touches down. Ellie and her companions have many things go wrong, or sort of wrong, and the story moves fast. Maybe a little long in the set up but the rest of the story trundles along with enough surprises at the end. Received free copy for review.
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read one of those books and thought 'yeah, I like this' and then sat back and wondered, 'Wait...what exactly is this book about again?' Yeah, that's how I feel about this book, Seven Markets. Ellie MacReady is getting ready for her boyfriend to propose to her at a fabled market, however she ends up being bewitched by the Market Prince. She sees through the glamours of several people who visit the market and then gets swept into the mystery of the markets to come. 'The Seven Markets' left me with a lot of unanswered questions - like how the market came to be at all. For a market like this to exist, there must have been some kind of back story to it, yet - nothing. And, that's what kept surfacing while I was reading this book, and as such took something away from my enjoyment. -sigh- There was just not enough world-building for the market itself and the people in it to satisfy me. 'The Seven Markets' was a hodgepodge of genres - fantasy, fairy-tale and science fiction - which I would have normally loved, but something about the book just missed the mark. There's a prince in it, I don't even know his name, he's just known as Prince. That in itself is just weird. Even so, what's his story? Why does he spirit Ellie away? We are given a two sentence answer for it that is just not enough - much like the author had thought 'oh wait, why does he do this?' and then just stuck something in to explain it. (no offence to David) Why had the Prince been exiled? What had he done in his homeland that had made him the member of the royal family who had to visit the market? What exactly was he to begin with that he had that kind of magical ability to be able to entranced Ella? There are so many other questions I had, but I list all of them down. Characters with no back story or development just annoy me - especially when the book kind of revolves around them. The characters didn't stand out to me. Not that I didn't like some of them. I did like Ellie although my feelings were fixed about her. I thought she was a strong character, but to go through life, just for vengeance over a guy. No, just no. Even though I was kind of pissed off at what the Prince did to make her angry and I did enjoy her antics as the book continued. The story line was something I enjoyed though. I particularly enjoyed seeing the different time periods. It was amazing the amount of time that passed while this story being told. That made this book unique. Hmm, so I don't really have anything else to add. The reality is, even though I really wanted to love this book, I couldn't. I just felt there was too much missing. I would recommend this book to anyone who like time-travel books, fairy-tales and something different.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like this before. The title and premise of the book tickled my curiosity and led me to believe that I’ll be taken on a fantastical journey through vibrant, mysterious markets like none other. In that sense, “The Seven Markets” lived up to its promise. Also, I really liked the cover, which only added more to my curiosity. The reader, along with Ellie, visits seven markets with the first starting in the eighteenth century and the last ending in the distant future. Each market is different than the one before and I applaud the author for creating truly imaginative worlds for the reader to explore. The reasoning behind my three-star rating though, is that I simply didn’t get the point of this book. The plot is imaginative, unique and complex, but hard to follow. It started out really well with a story full of promise, but near the end of the first market, I was completely lost and couldn’t manage to catch up again. Each market is set in a different century and the further along I read, the more confused I was. Nothing made sense to me and I only finished this book out of sheer curiosity, hoping for a conclusion which would explain everything to me. Sadly, this never happened. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t pick up this book. No, I’m saying that for me, this just wasn’t my cup of tea. I really liked Ellie’s character at the start of the book, but I felt that when the journey to the markets started, Ellie and the rest of the characters became rather dull. What kept my interest was the feel and ambience of the different markets – which the author managed to describe rather well, enough mysteries and surprises to keep me guessing all the way, and of course the fact that I thought somehow it would all come together at its finale. The writing was done very well, but most of the time the transitioning from one scene to the next was abrupt and left me feeling whiplashed. Usually I wouldn’t read anything by an author whose first book I read disappoints me, but in this case I’ll make an exception, because although this story made no sense to me whatsoever, I still enjoyed the author’s creativity. And like I said before, the writing was really well-done. It showed me that this writer has potential and the ability to come up with fresh new ideas to intrigue and enthral the reader. Overall the story concept was interesting and out of the ordinary, and I’m happy I had the opportunity to have read this book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.