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Publisher's Summary

Kate Archer returns home in search of her missing grandmother, Bonny, and to serve as guardian of the town's amusement park until her return… only the carousel animals are really exiles from the faerie world. And not the nice kind of exiles either - no, these are hardened criminals.
While trying to sort out her new role, Kate gets on the wrong side of the neighboring drug smuggler, who decides she's in the way. And, finally, the startling news comes that Grandmother Bonny's disappearance may have had something to do with Kate's long-missing mother....
©2010 Sharon Lee (P)2010 Audible, Inc
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Critic Reviews

"A tourist town in Maine hosts a war of faerie magic in this engaging urban fantasy.... Lee brings [the] disparate subplots together in a pyrotechnic finale that plays out magically behind the ordinary facade of smalltown Maine life." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Rose on 12-05-10

Good Narrator, Good Book

This book is narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers who is a new-to-me reader; however, I did enjoy the voice she gave to this fantasy novel with a hint of an accent that lent verisimilitude to the narration. I'll be watching for her name in the future.

As for the book itself, I enjoyed it-- a lot. Lee deals delicately with the issue of abuse while not minimizing its impact on the survivor. Her heroine, Kate Archer, shows growth through the narrative as she learns to pick up responsibilities and discard past baggage. I particularly liked the fact that although there is a thread of romance, emotions are not used as a solve-everything panacea. Lee's use of faery and magic combines both traditional fairy tale tropes and contemporary issues.

I checked Lee's website and noted that there may be at least one future book set at Archer's Beach-- I certainly hope so.

Conclusion? Way better than average borderlands (the border of the mundane world and the world of magic) story with a strong, fresh narrator when it comes to the audio version.

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By Ruth on 01-25-11

Liked it a lot

This was a good one, with lots of attention to plot and romance, but no pages-long boring sex scenes. I really liked the narrator when she forgot she was trying to sound like a local, although as a life long New Englander, I never heard an accent quite like that.

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By Heli on 10-21-11


This is a very well written and read book that takes the listener on a magical journey in a small coastal town where strange things are happening. This is a story of homecoming, self-discovery, friendship, facing one's fears, striving to reunite with one's loved ones and, of course, solving a mystery with many delightful, exciting and unexpected twists and turns. The story unfolds at a pace that makes it easy for the listener to get absorbed in it: no 'overload of information' occurs at any point, but it doesn't become boringly slow either. This book held me in its grip right from the beginning till the very end, and I found the ride very enjoyable and entertaining.

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