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  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; 1 edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406868
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Interesting twists and turns as characters struggle to find their place... Action, dragons, environmental disasters that reflect the world we live in... I can t help but smile when I read these books; they are well written and completely enjoyable." --Fantasy Book Review

"Along with the return of a particularly acrid baddie and that mirror with the cheeky sense of fun, the humorous banter is also back, as is Tanya's excellent world building...We're certainly left anticipating Book 3... The only unfortunate thing is that we have to wait till November; that should test our patience!" ----The Book Bag --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Tanya Sue Huff (born 1957) is a prolific Canadian fantasy author of over 25 novels. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, the Blood Books series, featuring detective Vicki Nelson, was adapted for television under the title Blood Ties. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sisalka on 15 Jun 2013
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Some of Tanya Huff's earlier books (the Blood series for example) were a tour de force and unputdownable. Unlucky for the author, that is what I expect to find when I pick up one of her books. The idea of a clan of witches - quirky and dangerous Aunties that are the bane of the younger folks' existence - is a great premise. Unfortunately it doesn't quite work. There is something flat about the book and I can't really put a finger on it. The characters are sort of likeable, the action just about ok, the plot done ok, the climax sort of ok. And perhaps that's it. Everything is sort of ok until it limps to the end of the story.

To buy or not to buy: Read it as a bit of fluff in the summer but don't be disappointed if you it isn't up to Huff's usual standard.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun 2013
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This is substantially better than the first installment in this new series "The Enchantment Emporium which left me baffled because I just didn't understand enough of the mythology and magical framework which was the foundation for the story. There is more explanation of the magical world in which the Gale family live in this book and slightly less juxtaposition of wild and ancient magic with apple pies. The author still hasn't really spelt out the full backstory yet though and I think that it is a mistake because the glimpses we see such as the sexual threesome and the death of the grandfather just don't make sense without more information.

In this book, however, the main story is about Charlie, the musical and wild Gale girl, and the theft of their sealskins from some selkies on the Canadian coast. This main story is well told, although there is a mite too much preaching about the evils of oil companies. If the book was mainly about Charlie's attempts to find the thief and stop what is happening it would have been a better story but the main magical theme gets in the way and obscures the storyline because you just don't know everything that is happening.

Some of this book is very good, there is some witty and amusing writing and some fine character building, but on the whole it is a frustrating read because you can see all the way through how it could have been a much better reading experience.
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This book follows on from the Enchantment Emporium but follows a different main character: Charlie (Charlotte) a musician.

I enjoyed this book even more than the previous one; Tanya Huff is on top form. As you'd expect, there is wonderful dialogue, great characters, and a plot that works really well. Tanya Huff is an inclusive writer and her characters are not all straight (or gay, or bi!) or white, or middle-class.

The only problem I ever have with her books is not wanting them to end!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By treesilhouette on 30 Nov 2012
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Trying to write this without too many spoilers for the Enchantment Emporium.

The main PoV for this book is Charlie, cousin to Allie (the main character of Enchantment Emporium). Allie is still very much around, it is just this is Charlie's story.

Charlie is a musician, plays both folk and country and western - and magic. Her main power comes to her through her guitar playing. The story starts in the Enchantment Emporium, continuing the story from the first book. Then Charlie heads out on the folk circuit for a series of concerts with a band of old friends. This takes her up the Canadian coast and into contact with some very distressed Selkies. Then things get really complicated.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Another superb Gale family fantasy by Tanya Huff 7 Nov 2011
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Tanya Huff does not disappoint her fans, new or old, with her latest Gale family offering, The Wild Ways. Huff's earlier Gale family work The Enchantment Emporium told the story of Allie Gale (Alysha Catherine) who inherits an antique emporium/junk store from her grandmother (Auntie Catherine) in far from home Calgary Canada. Allie with the help of a friend Michael, her cousins Charlie & Roland, her brother David, the "Aunties", a leprechaun named Joe and a sorcerer's assassin Graham who is the 7th son of a 7th son save Calgary & possibly the world from the Dragon Queen & rescues Jack, the teenage son of a sorcerer and said Dragon Queen (the sorcerer doesn't fare as well.).

The events in The Wild Ways follow about six months or so after the Enchantment Emporium ends. Jack who is now living with Allie & her partner is bored as only a 14 year old half dragon prince/half Gale Boy teenager can be. He isn't the only one. Charlie (Charlotte Marie) Gale, who as a Wild Gale cousin can not be held down to a place, is also bored with her country music band and her life in general. By various means Jack & Charlie end up on the other end of Canada in Halifax participating in the Celtic music festival scene & getting involved on the side of a "save the seals" environmentalist group who are protesting an offshore shallow water drilling project. It goes without saying I hope that Selkies, Goblins, Trolls and other fey creatures are integral to the plot ;-).

I was afraid at the debut that Huff would sacrifice the story & characters for some heavy handed political/environmental message but I had no reason to fear. While Amelia Carlson was clearly the ugly corporate antagonist in the story (owner of Carlson Oil and willing to use unethical means to get her oil well drilling permits), Huff makes it clear through Charlie's clear-eyed gaze that the Selkies aren't above manipulating humans for their own selfish ends and that environmental success comes at the expense of increased human suffering (unemployment & the resulting poverty) for the locals that the Selkies really couldn't care less about. The ultimate puppet master is Auntie Catherine (who wasn't dead after all) who goes mano a mano (sort of) with Charlie at the end in support of the oil drilling effort and the unexpected hero of the story is Jack (maybe not such a surprise if you are paying attention).

Bravo Tanya Huff.

May I add, that it is a pleasure to read such a superb fantasy novel (well written & great story) compared with all the ... ahem... *stuff* that Amazon is pushing at me these days with 5 star reviews no less! Some writers, editors & publishers are obviously getting all their relatives & friends on board to lie for them when writing those reviews. Tanya Huff needs none of that, the quality of her work stands on its own.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Sequel goodness 4 Nov 2011
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As The Enchantment Emporium is one of my favourite Tanya Huff books (and trying to pick one is rather like deciding which dark chocolate truffle you like best) I was really looking forward to the next book in this series coming out, and I was not disappointed. This story focuses on Charlie, a character from the first novel and her adventures with Dragons, Oil Companies and Selkies, Oh My!
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
wonderful Gales urban fantasy 1 Nov 2011
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Besides humans, the world contains several paranormal species like vampires, goblins, pixies, and hoberts, etc. however on top of the food chain are the Gales. They look human, but are not human and they possess the power to topple empires. The most powerful Gale is Charlotte, but "Charlie" as she is called prefers playing her guitar with her road touring band.

Charlie loves music but also uses music to focus her power, which explains why several other bands want her to join their group. Nobody is as surprised as she is when she helps the Selkies who had their pelts stolen by her Auntie Catherine who was hired by an oil company. Assisting her is fourteen year old Jack who is a Gale Draconian Prince and sorcerer. The person who wanted to control the Selkie is Amelia Carlson who wants to control the selkies as they belong to an environmental group Two Seventy Five N that presses government to deny off shore drilling permits to Amelia's company. Charlie and Jack search for the stolen pelts, try to prevent the drilling, and prepare for battle against a powerful family member.

The latest Gales urban fantasy (see THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM) is wonderful thriller due to the strong cast who make selkie and Gales seem genuine. The story line is fast-paced but character driven as the aunt and niece are on different sides of the drill baby drill controversy; which anchors the plot in a real contemporary debate. Readers will appreciate Tanya Huff, known for her military science fiction, as The Wild Ways is a terrific read, one of the best urban fantasies I have read in years.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Love Tanya Huff, but this one fell short :/ 2 Sep 2012
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I want to start by saying how much I love Tanya Huff. She is by far my favorite author; I own everything she has in print; I've read some of those books upwards of a dozen times each. She is the only person I have ever sent fan mail to (and she responded!).

But this book just didn't work out. 'The Enchantment Emporium' was a very interesting change of pace and new style for the author; I remember it taking a while to really catch me the first read through, by I full out cried at two separate points during my second read.

'The Wild Ways' just lacks the emotion of the first novel. I don't feel connected to Charlie or interested in her story to a tenth of the degree that I was drawn into Allie's struggle in the first novel; I loved Allie, and it was great to watch her evolving relationships with Graham, Michael, and her family. Watching Charlie sorta kinda flit around with completely unexplored and unexplained musicians does nothing for me. Jack has a lot of potential as a character; there are a few parallels to Diana from the 'Summon the Keeper' trilogy, and certain aspects of his role in the Gale family that could have been better explored.

I feel awful criticizing Tanya Huff. But this story seriously shook my faith in the series. I will absolutely reread 'The Enchantment Emporium' again and again over the years, but I'll never pick this one up again. And, if the series continues, I doubt I'd buy it unless the main character shifts away from Charlie.

Read everything else Tanya Huff has written; they are all 5 stars (except 'Scholar of Decay' (which is 3.5/4 stars) but I give her the benefit of the doubt on that one).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Can't get enough of Huff. 12 Jun 2012
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I've been a fan of Tanya Huff's work for years, and I picked up Enchantment Emporium on a whim. To be honest, that book wasn't one of my favorites of hers. But I fell in love with one particular character from the book: Charlie.

So of course, when I found out that Charlie had a book of her own, I had to have it as soon as possible. I didn't just read this novel, I devoured it. I sat down and read it all the way through, then started over and read it again. The characters are amazing, and the amount of character development involved for Charlie is just beautiful. (I can't argue with the involvement of cousin Jack either, who was incredibly fun to read about).

I would definitely recommend that you read Enchantment Emporium first, to get an idea of the world setup and learn more about the Gale family, but this book is worth getting through that one, and then some.
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