Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters Series #7)

Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters Series #7)

by Mercedes Lackey

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ISBN-13: 9780756407261
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Series: Elemental Masters Series , #7
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 193,988
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.

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Unnatural Issue 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
ClaraHelen More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Lackey's Elemental Masters, and I was thrilled to hear that she had written another book in the series. I ordered it for the NOOK as soon as I heard about it and read it immediately. It did not disappoint. My favorite characters from the earlier books were back, and I was delighted that Lord Peter was front and center. I hope this book becomes the great success it deserves to be and that we can look forward to more tales of the Elemental Masters.
DivaMamaC More than 1 year ago
This is the most disturbing of the Elemental Masters series. That your father would first disown, deny, and ignore your existence then try to remake you into your mother through elemental magic is sooo creepy, except that Puck is there to save the day. I don't think I could concentrate on anything else except getting back to this book the entire time I was reading it.
I-luv-2-read More than 1 year ago
This series is great. I truly love this serie. I've going to buy this series as paperbacks rather than purchase it as a nook book. I like the reality of the story mixed with the unreality of the idea. The author of this series has written many titles and stories that I love. She has written the Valdemar series and then has written stories based on her take of fairy tales. She is definitely a great writer in my book and I love all of her stories and tales. This is written before WWI and looks at the idea of service and nobility and how it is changing. This covers many of the problems and discoveries of WWI. Devinely read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book love her work
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Another entry in Lackey's Elemental Masters series, this one based on the fairy tale Donkeyskin. Susanne is an appealing character, but the book just never quite took fire for me.
calmclam on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I found the romance unconvincing, but the worldbuilding is solid and the characters are interesting. There are enough deviations from the standard Donkeyskin plot to make the story interesting and new, while still staying true to the original tale.
archerygirl on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The latest in Lackey's Elemental Masters series, this is a terrific read. It is based around the Donkeyskin myth, one that I wasn't familiar with until I Googled it, although it uses that idea more as a springboard rather than following it faithfully. That is the tendency with these books and one of the reasons that they're always new and interesting: Lackey takes an element of a fairytale but is not constrained by following all of it. Unnatural Issue is set in 1914 and the threat of WWI is always there, more overtly than in most of her other Elemental Masters stories. The central female character, Susanne, is strong and clever and I really liked her a lot. Lackey never writes weak female characters, but this one is particularly wonderful. Her male central character is Lord Peter Almsley, who we have met in other books but this is the first time he's been the focus and he holds the story together very well. There is necromancy, magic, feats of great bravery and a little hint of romance to make this a completely compelling read.
Bodagirl on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I'm not very familiar with Charles Perrault's "Donkey Skin," the fairy tale Lackey based this book on, so I wasn't really pulled into this story. Susanne didn't develop as a character very much, and her decision to go with Peter at the end was forced. Plus the battle scenes were sketchy.Having said all that, I love the alternative world that Lackey has created and incorporating the Puck was pretty awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K * shreds the dummy with her swords before going to the gym*
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Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
When Earth Master Richard Whitestone's wife dies in childbirth, he discards their newborn  daughter Suzanne in a fit of rage. Suzanne is raised as a servant of the household, while her father wastes away in his chambers. After many years, Whitestone develops a new passion - necromancy. When he sees his daughter wandering his lands, he realizes she is the perfect vessel in which to trap his dead wife's spirit. Suzanne must flee her father, and hide in the guise of a servant in another household. But her skill in Earth magic is difficult to hide... This is a non-canonical retelling of the fairy tale Donkeyskin, and is part of Lakey's Elemental Master series. Although it certainly has charm and originality, it is not my favorite of the Donkeyskin retellings, nor of the Elemental Master series. I felt the premise of the book - a necromantic father, Elemental Masters fighting in WWI, with a touch of romance - had promise. Unfortunately, it just wasn't delivered as well as it could have been. The romance seemed forced, and the war sections uninteresting. Not that it was a terrible book, but it could have been so much better. Lackey is better than this.  But, if you're looking for a fluffy-quick read, or an original fairy tale retelling, this book will certainly deliver that.  The narration by Kate Reading was quite good. She did the voices well, and had good timing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lackey and both the elemental series as well as 500 kingdoms. This one is disturbing in a way that McKinley's Deerskin was not. Not a book I enjoyed.
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