Review: The Future Falls by Tanya Huff

the-future-fallsThe Future Falls
by Tanya Huff
Series: Gale Women #3
Genre: Fantasy
Published by DAW Hardcover, 2014
Library book
326 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they’re wielding a guitar and a dragon.

The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine’s dire prediction, Charlotte “Charlie” Gale turns to the family for help.

But Allie is unavailable because the universe seems determined to have her produce the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son of a Gale.  And the Aunties can’t help because they’re tied to the earth – although they are happy to provide their delicious, trademark pies.  And in the end, all Charlie has is a guitar…

…and Jack. The Dragon Prince, and a Sorcerer.

“Belief is not a required component of ability.”

and

“There’s always hope, Charlotte, that’s the point of the story.”

Cheers

  • The Gale family is awesome.
  • The Aunties are awesome and scary.
  • I like Charlie. She was the main character of the last book and I love all the music and the way her music is her magic.
  • When Charlie finds out an asteroid is headed toward Earth she isn’t worried because she knows NASA will have already found it and have a problem for stopping it. However, NASA hasn’t found the asteroid in time and things look grim.
  • All the different ideas Allie uses to try to find a way to stop the asteroid are a good part of the book. She talks to scientists and other experts as well as her Aunties to find a solution. I like the systematic way she tries to find answers.
  • Allie, Charlie, Jack are the younger generation and are great to read about.
  • Allie and Jack are really fun to read about in this book.

Jeers

  • I really don’t understand how everything works at the end!
  • I thought some of the rules the Aunties have don’t make sense for Jack and Allie.

About the author

  • Tanya Huff is a Canadian author who writes fantasy and science fiction books.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I really like Tanya Huff’s writing and enjoy this series. I think I like her Torin Kerr series a little better though.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Review: The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. This book is part of a series so will go into the series square!

the-wild-waysThe Wild Ways
by Tanya Huff
Series: Gale Women #2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2011
E-book, Library
295 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Charlie Gale heads east to join a Celtic band on the summer circuit, but faces Aunt Catherine instead. An offshore oil-drilling company hired Catherine to steal Selkies’ sealskins. Charlie must teach being Wild to Jack – a Dragon Prince trying to be a real boy – and commit corporate espionage with a sobbing seal-wife and every fiddle player in Nova Scotia.

“I thought she’d think she was winning and she’d tell me where the skins were.”

“Seriously?” Jack sputtered, spraying the table with sesame seeds. “You’ve never actually had enemies, have you?”

What worked for me:

  • I liked all the music in this book. When the book begins Charlie is playing in a country band, but then her old Celtic group from Nova Scotia asks her to come back to play in the summer festival season. Charlie plays the guitar and sings, but there are lots of fiddlers in the book, too!
  • Music is Charlie’s power.
  • All the music in the book reminded me a little of War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.
  • The setting is mostly in Nova Scotia in Canada which is unusual and interesting.
  • The selkies are great characters!
  • Jack–the Dragon Prince–is a lot of fun as he tries to figure out how to be a boy and remember he can’t eat everything in this reality.
  • Charlie has been floating through life, but during her time in Nova Scotia she must decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

What didn’t work:

  • The ending was kind of flat. It seemed to end very quickly after a fairly leisurely book.
  • I wanted to find out what happened to Amelia Carlson!

My thoughts:

Tanya Huff is one of my favorite fantasy and science fiction authors. I loved the first book–The Magic Emporium–but this book seems a little more aloof. I really like Charlie, but she is harder to get to know than Allie was in the first book.

The Magic Emporium has quite a bit of romance in it. I don’t want the romance to be the focus, but I would have liked a little romance for Charlie! However, I like this book a lot. It’s just quite a bit different from the first book. The third book in this series (The Future Falls) is due to come out in November 2014 and I’ll look forward to more about the Gale family.

The link below goes to an interview with Tanya Huff. I was sad to see she reiterates once again, “The Silvered is and always was intended to be a standalone. Nothing more coming, that story is told.” However, there will be more in the Torin Kerr world!

  • Sex elves and AD&D: An interview with Tanya Huff

Review: The Magic Emporium by Tanya Huff

the-magic-emporiumThe Magic Emporium
by Tanya Huff
Series: Gale Women #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Daw, 2009
e-book, Library
480 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a “junk” shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn’t until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there’s trouble brewing in Calgary-trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day…

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I enjoyed this book, but after I finished the book I discovered a number of people had problems with the book. I thought I should point these things out (and you can see more on Goodreads also). Their objections to the book seem to follow a couple of different issues:

The world building–Some people felt the world building was thin and not very persuasive. That the magic wasn’t well explained. None of that bothered me!

The family dynamics–This was probably the biggest issue people had with the book. The Gale family is very unique! It is a matriarchal family and the aunties pretty much control who the younger people marry. The family is pretty insular and most stay close to home.

Most of the younger people marry within the family. The aunties apparently give them a list of their cousins who have compatible bloodlines and who aren’t too closely related. This is only explained vaguely. I guess it helps keep the magic in the family. The cousins also have a lot of sex with each other. However, the book doesn’t have a lot of detail about it.

Not everything is explained in this book and that was okay with me. I didn’t mind the aspects which troubled other people, but check other reviews and decide for yourself before you read it!

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In a family that drew an arbitrarily adjustable line between maintaining the status quo and interfering with the outside world, foresight was a curse. She totally understood why Gran had gone wild, leaving home and the nagging of the aunties.

What I like about this book:

  • Dragons!
  • The Gale Women are awesome.
  • I was really drawn into this world. The magic is very interesting and I have many more questions about it, but this book shows as much as it needs to.
  • A fun book to read. I whizzed through it. In fact, it made me happy!
  • The aunties who are the older generation of Gale women. They are funny, annoying (to the younger generation), wise and definite characters.
  • The Gale family is very important to each of the Gales. I like that.
  • The romance is satisfying.

What I don’t like:

  • The ending was a bit abrupt, but I still love the book!

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My thoughts: 

I’ve read quite a few of Tanya Huff’s books: The Blood series and the Confederation series among others. The Confederation series which is military science fiction is among my favorite books.

This series hadn’t interested me, but my library had it and since there aren’t too many library e-books I gave it a try. I’m so glad I did. I’m definitely buying the second book and I hope there will be more in this series. I can’t quite decide why, but the book was just fun to read!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?