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The Native Star

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The Native Star8. M. K. Hobson, The Native Star

In the year 1876, Emily Edwards is a small-town Witch serving the Western hamlet of Lost Pine. Her most pressing worry is scraping together enough money to provide for herself and her adoptive father Pap. However, everything changes when the zombies who work in the nearby mines suddenly run amok: in an attempt to avert the crisis, Emily is left with a magical artifact inexplicably embedded in her hand. Now, with the help of Dreadnought Stanton, an insufferably pompous Warlock from New York, Emily must get this artifact removed. What starts as a relatively simple journey soon turns into a dangerous flight for survival, as various practitioners of magic seek to control the powerful artifact in Emily’s possession. Will Emily and Dreadnought be able to keep the artifact from falling into the wrong hands?

This novel is an exciting blend of fantasy, steampunk elements, and the Wild West. Emily is a tough, likeable heroine with a sense of humor; although she isn’t afraid to act “common,” she never expresses a sensibility that’s too modern. It was refreshing to meet a strong heroine who doesn’t feel like a transplant from the twenty-first century. The plot is captivating and full of action, so reading didn’t feel like a chore. A few of the story’s elements didn’t quite work for me – the involvement of the Native American holy woman, for example, and Emily’s mystical experiences (there are a few, but that’s not too big a spoiler). Also, the last several chapters of the novel become extremely complicated, as many hidden motives and secrets are revealed. I can forgive that, though, since it’s obviously a set-up for the sequel (coming in April!). There is a romantic aspect to this book as well, though it’s not really the focus of the story. I would have liked a little more of it, personally, but that’s just my own preference. All in all, I definitely liked this book and would recommend it if the premise sounds appealing. I’ll be picking up the sequel when it comes out!

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janicu
Jan. 25th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm with you in wanting more romance. Really I wanted there to have been more space to really get into the two characters. I liked them, so I wanted more.
christina_reads
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
I really did want to know more about their relationship! For example, how long have they been in love with each other? Why does Dreadnought act like such a jerk initially? There was so much going on with the plot that the characters just couldn't be as fully developed. I think my problem is that I was expecting more romance, given that the book's tagline was something like, "Love is the most powerful magic of all." Which would seem to imply that the romance would be pretty central!
janicu
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
You have a good point. I think that was what pushed it over to a must buy for me. I'm mollified by the fact that there's a book 2 so we get to see more. :)
christina_reads
Jan. 25th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
*Spoiler alert*

It looks like they're engaged at the start of Book 2, so I'm very optimistic that we'll get to see more of their relationship! Although of course they'll have that South American goddess to worry about too.
dreamilywistful
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
LOLOL you have no idea what my reaction was to the summary alone. I went "WHAT???" about five times. So much stuff going on!!

It sounds really interesting, I'll be sure to pick it up if I have time, thanks for reviewing :)
christina_reads
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes, it's definitely a packed world! There are a lot of different magical systems, as well as a few elements that are only mentioned in one scene (the zombies being an example). It's a fun book though!
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