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A magical, suspenseful, brutal and yet beautiful end to the Vagabond Circus series. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, it breakers your heart, puts it back together and then cracks it slightly again at the end, it is both sad and joyful at the same time. The cruel destructiveness and warped manipulation that Knight rains down on the circus is devastating in how quickly it starts to destroy the beauty that was Dave Raydon's creation. Your heart breaks for the losses and the evil the characters have to endure, but despite there being times when the tension in this story is so tight that you can barely breath, there are also parts that make your soul soar. The narration captures the feel of the book, his eclecticism voice suits the circus to a tee. I especially loved Steve Barnes' interpretation of Knight, his voice puts an image of him in your mind that fits this evil, manipulative character well. It is an expertly written story with great narration. It draws you in and keeps you captive to the end. You are consumed by the characters in this book, they make you feel hope, despair, love, frustration and hate. It is spellbinding and tension filled, an amazing story with a beauty all its own. A truly magnificent end to a spectacular series.
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What did you love best about Paralyzed?
What other book might you compare Paralyzed to and why?
That's a rude question in my book. Each Author works hard to create a story that is part of them, to compare it to others work is rude.
What does Steve Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He has a voice as smooth as velvet and a very pleasing tone and amazing range. He speaks clearly and you can hear every word.
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What a mesmerizing tale, the second book of the Vagabond Circus is the perfect companion to book one.Book one we were introduced to the cast of the Vagabond Circus and what their act was and the special skills they possessed.
In book 2 we find out more of the history of Vagabond Circus and Dr. Dave Raydon Ring Master ex-strode nare.After Dr.Dave's death the secrets begin to slip out to a select few, who felt a little betrayed that they never knew, shouldn't they have known? Why didn't they know? Dr. Dave's right-hand man Titus is grieving like everyone else in this little Circus family, he as has to figure out how he is going to fill the wonderful man's shoes and make his legacy grow and continue and keep the Circus in the black.It is an overwhelming feat.
Finley and Zuma are both dancing around their feelings for each other and the demons they carry inside from the past. Finley is a man of few words, he has learned it is not good to let future event to be shared with others, for good or bad that is the way it must be.Zuma is hurt that he didn't share what he knew would come to pass, thinking if she had known, maybe the outcome would have been better.
Jack the other acrobat decides to get revenge for the death of his friend and being the impulsive one, he goes after Charles Knight by himself. Charles knight is a collector of special children, he is cruel and cold as ice. The children become his personal drones, they do as he directs or they pay the price.Finley knows all too well, just how horrible and dark Mr.knight is. Finley is the only drone that ever escaped his compound, he was Mr.Kight's best thief.
After Jack's unfortunate accident, we find out that Fanny was once a nurse and had amazing success with difficult cases. She just disappeared one day, who would believe that she would run away with the Circus?
We also meet Zuma's family, her mom & dad her sister Dakota and brother Hudson.As wonderful as Zuma's mom & dad are, Jack's parents and brothers are doubly horrid.Shallow, cold and worried about appearances instead of caring for each other.
If you want to know more you will have to buy the book.
I adore Sarah Noffke, the first book I read of her's was the Ren series. She is an amazing story teller and she knows just when to ramp up the emotional train with the turn of the knife or insert a bit of humor to keep it light in the dark recesses of the story. The Dream travelers and the world they live in that she has created are just wonderful, entertaining and inviting.I can hardly wait to see what happens next in the Vagabond Circus series.
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Finley and Zuma chase Jack across the country to prevent him from confronting knight. Their love hate relationship is tested on the journey but they arrive too late. Knight is always one step ahead of them and unless Finley opens up to Zuma, she won’t know the true horrors that knight is really capable of.
This is an action-packed read leading straight from the first book. The romance between the leading pair is full of conflict including mortal danger and a third party. The story is fast-paced and Noffke is dropping little foreshadows like treats from a candy bag. Not only is the story unique and exciting but it encompasses a lot of well-rounded characters each with their own intrigue. After reaching the cliff-hanger ending it looks like I’ll be purchasing the next book in the series.