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Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her. Before she knows it, she's transported herself to a parallel Earth, a world where knights on horseback chase their prey with automatic weapons and where her true family is in charge.
The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes, a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose exclusive inherited power to walk between the worlds makes them rich in both. Her unexpected return will supercede the claims of other clan members to her mother's fortune and power, and whoever killed her mother will be happy to see her dead, too. But Miriam is no one's pawn, and is determined to conquer her new home on her own terms.
Blending the creativity and humor of Roger Zelazny, the adventure of H. Beam Piper and Philip Jose Farmer, Charles Stross has set a new standard for fantasy epics.
©2004 Charles Stross (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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By Norman on 06-13-16

6 books - intriguing series

Any additional comments?

Charlie Stross creates a phenomenal/creative multiverse that really makes you think. Some of the things I wondered about are not developed until later books but he always out does my expectations. Charlie introduces lots of unexpected twists and turns through out the series. He may not be as hard on his characters as George Martin, but he can be ruthless. (He doesn't make death gruesome or revolting, but there is no doubt about the feeling of loss.) He doesn't seem to believe in everyone riding off into the sunset and living happily ever after. Life is hard and choices have consequences, but the series is adequately escapist. I did think it could be better if it was a little shorter, but it was certainly a fun romp and worth the investment. Finally, Kate Reading was a fantastic reader. She brought the characters to life and let the story develop. I recommend the entire series.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

Could be really awesome.

First I want to say the author has great imagination and vision. There is a lot of deep thought in the storyline to make a saga.

That said I found that this book lacked a certain level of action and intrigue. The book will have your attention and then it just fizzles out. I feel that it is about to get interesting in the following books but I don't want to spend the money or time out of fear that I will be wrong.

The narrator wasn't bad. I detected a lot of the UK in the New England accents but for me it was amusing.

I think there may be some other genres by this author I should check out because I like the style that was being developed but this book in particular didn't do it for me.

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By people's bank on 05-31-17

don't go there

I have read the laundry series, which I thought was great. so of cause I tried his other series, don't go there you would not believe it's the same author.
started well but by the 4th chapter it lost its way.

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By Montees on 04-22-15

a bit disappointing

Charles Stross' weakest so far. get back to the geek I say. Disappointed and couldn't wait for it to end.

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By Pamela on 09-30-16

loved the book but the series is incomplete

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'd love to give this book a good review because I enjoyed it heaps. However, only books one and 4 are available, and it's been like that for ages, no sign of the situation changing. It seems so perverse, why would they record in that order?

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