Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Fire Rose - Mercedes Lackey

The Fire Rose
Mercedes Lackey
Baen Books
Copyright: 1996

The product description:
San Francisco, 1905: Rosalind, a medieval scholar, is hired by Jason, a powerful sorcerer. Jason's enemy offers to restore Rosalind's family fortune if she will betray Jason. And then the earthquake strikes. . . .
Although it's a much older book and from a different publisher, I still consider this to be a part of the Elemental Masters series. For the most part, the magical system is the same as is the time period, not to mention the fairy-tale framework of the story.

I don't think I'll be giving anything away if I say that this one's based around the tale of Beauty and the Beast in the same way that each of the Elemental Masters series features a fairy tale, for example Sleeping Beauty (The Gates of Sleep).

I don't know if this is my favourite novel set in that world, but it's certainly right up there. Rose is, I think, one of my favourite characters. I just wish I had her talent for languages: German, Latin, some heiroglyphics, French (and the medieval versions of the same). Not to mention wishing I had access to a library like Jason has.

I've read The Fire Rose before several times and I know I'm going to read it again in the future. Every time I open the book it pulls me into the story. I can almost see the mansion Jason has, with the conservatory of birds, the gorgeous Arabian stallion, and the wonderful library.

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