Review: Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee
The long-awaited sequel to Carousel Tides, enchanting contemporary fantasy by Sharon Lee, award-winning co-creator of the popular Liaden Universe® saga. When magic meets mundane, sparks fly: these are exciting times in Archers Beach, Maine! A unprecedented Early Season has united townies and carnies in an effort to expand into a twelve-month resort, recapturing the town's former glory.
Kate Archer, owner-operator of the vintage wooden carousel, is caught up in the excitement—and is quite possibly the cause of it. Because Kate leads a double life, as carny, and as Guardian of the land. Her recent return to the home she had forsaken has changed the town's luck—for the better—and energized the trenvay—earth and water spirits who are as much citizens of the Beach as their mundane counterparts.
But the town's new energy isn't the only change afoot. Joe Nemeier, the local drug lord, whose previous magical consultant was vanquished by Kate, has acquired a new ally—and this one plays with fire.
Kate is the Guardian of the land of a small town in Maine. Her main job is to guard a carousel which is actually a jail holding prisoners from the other Nine Worlds. Kate has no idea who these prisoners are, what world they are from, or their crimes. Kate is actually a dryad princess from one of the Nine Worlds but somehow ended up on Earth as a Guardian. I know that the first book is about one of the prisoners getting free and so Kate is already on Earth. I wonder if any of the back story as her time as a princess is told because it is vaguely talked about in this book.
Looking past all of that though, the story was very interesting and had a way of capturing me. A lot of the book was going through Kate's everyday mundane tasks in life and yet the way the author wrote about it, I was never bored. It made Kate more down to Earth and real. She had an everyday job with everyday problems and an everyday relationship. It was almost as if her human life was more important than her magical life, which is interesting because she is not human at all nor from Earth. It made her a very relatable character.
One issue I had with the story was the fact that Kate's roommate, a normal human, saw a lot of magic happen and yet never questioned it. That took away from my suspension of disbelief. If a human saw real magic they would freak out! The fact that Peggy didn't made her reaction less real. She could still be ok with it, but she would want answers and explanations.
Not only did I enjoy the storyline, I enjoyed how the author wrote at times. Her descriptions were unique. One of my favorites was “the water was peridot and cream.” That just gave me a beautiful image in my mind.
Overall, I enjoyed the book but it could use some improvements.
Review by Tasha for ILVN