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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553825577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553825572
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A unique, imaginative and above all enjoyable tale of vampires, alchemists and fairies in New York" (LOVEVAMPIRES.COM)

"Engaging writing... wonderful descriptions... well-drawn characters... there's going to be a sequel and we can't wait!" (SFX Magazine)

"Lee Carroll creates an unsuspected Manhattan touched by magic, and reinvents the epic quest in a startling contemporary way. It's Pandora's Box turned cybernetic!" (ERIC ORMSBY)

"Engaging writing keeps you savouring each page" (IMAGINE FX)

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The first novel in a thrilling and original dark urban fantasy that's excited readers everywhere!

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
Black Swan Rising is the first book in a dark urban fantasy series. It's written by a husband and wife team, which seems to work in its favour. Carol is the novelist, and Lee is a poet, and his influence shows in the writing.

The main character, Garet Jones, is in her 20s, and dealing with problems - she has an elderly father, and they are struggling with debts in a failing economy. When she discovers an unusual silver box to which she seems to have connections, she agrees to try to open it. From this point on, she starts to find her world shifting. She's introduced to the world of fey, meets goblins, a dragon and a vampire, and comes face to face with the demons of Dispair and Discord.

As a keen YA reader, I expected this to be similar to most other paranormal romance books out there, but it has a more adult feel to it. There is a lot of fantasy, and yet at the same time it seems to remain grounded in the real world. Garet takes time to come to terms with her discoveries, and she takes the reader with her. In addition, the characters aren't black and white - there's always that sense that some may not be what they seem, and should not be trusted.

Of course some of the ideas and characters have been done before, I think a totally unique book in this crowded genre is impossible. However, the overall story line is something I haven't come across before, and there are some great character creations.

It's a fast paced book, with plenty of details, story threads and characters throughout. Whilst I needed to know what would happen, I was sad to finish and leave the world. Thankfully the 2nd book is already published, so I will be returning soon.

For fans of urban fantasy, this is highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Robinson on 12 Aug 2011
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I'm part of the Transworld Book Group!' I was sent this book to review by Transworld.

This is the first book of a trilogy that is a thrilling dark and compelling urban fantasy written by Lee Carroll which is the pseudonym for award-winning novelist Carol Goodman and her poet husband Lee Slonimsky.

The book centers around our heroine Garet James a New York jeweller who specialises in making medallions from signet rings. Garet is a likeable character and your soon drawn into her life and all the unusual happenings that occur following her opening a silver box that she's been given. Has she done the right thing by opening the box? Only time will tell. Set in the present, Garet finds out about her ancsetors and the meaning of 'the Watchtower' and how it affects her.

Who is the mysterious Will Hughes and what are his motives? Garet is drawn to him but who wouldn't be.

With hints of history dating back to Elizabethan and Shakespearan times, mythical and magical characters, vampires, romance and mystery this book has it all and delivers it well. It's well written, at times poetic, descriptive and keeps you engrossed from the first page until the last. I didn't want it to end but yet I wanted to find out what happened. The only good thing is that I don't have long to wait for the second book as it's already out (The Watchtower).

This book lays the foundation for the trilogy and I can't wait to get my hands on The Watchtower, the second book in the trilogy. For anyone interested in urban fantasy books this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thoughts Of A Scot Reviews on 21 Jan 2013
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Garet gets some crappy news and as she's walking about in a daze, she stumbles on an antiques store. The guy in there is (surprisingly) trusting and gives her a silver box to open for him, but of course the nothing good can come of it. Garet finds herself thrust into the world of the fey and learning magic as well as falling for a guy she really shouldn't. She has to help save the world from the crap she released onto it.

I was actually surprised to find out this is written by Carol Goodman under a pen name - surprised because the one book I've read by her (Incubus), I found to be so boring and the characters were very poorly written. This book is a polar opposite - I really enjoyed all the characters and there was nothing boring about the story.

It was something kind of different from other fantasy books, and I find myself wanting to read more. I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series - really enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alison10 on 9 Aug 2011
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This is the start to what I think will be a fantastic trilogy for paranormal fans. I started this last night and didn't get to sleep until after 2.00am as I just couldn't put it down. I have read books by Carol Goodman before and I have enjoyed them. This one was Carol and her husband Lee making this a team effort that worked really well.

Vampires, Fairies and Dragons are some of the mythical creatures you will find in this story. The main character is Garet who stumbles upon a mysterious box which once opened unleashes evil upon the world and Garet is the only person who can put it right with lots of adventures along the way.

I loved all of the characters and the way the book was written in the first person made it all the more intriguing. The descriptions and the settings in the book add to the atmosphere brilliantly.

Adults and young adults will both love this book, I know I did and I can't wait for the next instalment.
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