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Lee Carroll
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10 May 2012 Black Swan Rising Trilogy 2

The last in a long line of women sworn to guard our world against evil, jeweller Garet James is struggling to come to terms with who - or what - she really is.

Will Hughes, the alluring four-hundred-year-old vampire who tasted her blood and saved her life, could help, but he's disappeared. Garet believes he's in France, searching for the Summer Country, the legendary land of the Fey where he might be freed from his vampire curse.

Desperate to understand her legacy, Garet follows Will. In Paris, she encounters strange, mythic beings - an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the city's oldest tree, a gnome who lives beneath the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens - meetings that convince her she is on the right path.

But Garet is not the only one trying to find the way in to the Summer Country - and the closer she gets, the more dangerous it becomes...


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (10 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0553825682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553825688
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fey mythology with alchemy, demons and vampires...a winning combination" (LOVEVAMPIRES.COM)

"Will enthral and enchant the reader" (FALCATATIMES.COM)

"I now can't wait for the third book in this trilogy!" (NOTESOFLIFE.CO.UK)

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Lauren Kate and Twilight fans need look no further than the second novel in the thrillingly original, deliciously dark urban fantasy trilogy that began with Black Swan Rising...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fell a little short 6 Sep 2011
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved 'Black Swan Rising' but because it had so many reviews already decided not to add my halfpence worth. I would have given it five stars and I ordered this as soon as I had read it. Sadly this one fell a little short. Whereas the first book was told almost entirely from Garet's point of view this one alternates chapters between her search for Will in trhe present and the story of how Will met Margeruitte and became a vampire in the past. Garet's chapters read very much like the first book and consist mainly of her meeting a new selection of fey and picking up clues very much like a role playing computer game quest. Will's chapters are more about storytelling but the authors have chosen to write them in a flowery style consistent with Shakespearean literature I suppose and I didn't enjoy them so much. The twist in the tale will make the reason for this apparent but it lessened my enjoyment of the book. All in all it was still an enjoyable read and if this is to be a trilogy has set the reader up for a thrilling finale if all the characters are now in place and there's no more questing for Garet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as I thought it would be 1 Oct 2011
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Garet's quest to find Will and find out more about herself starts in Paris. In Black Swan Rising Garet received what she thought was a sign which led her there. We are told again why she is waiting.

Garet finds her artistic inspiration and uses Horatio Durant's workshop and tools to create her jewellery piece in which she incorporates the symbol of the Watchtower. Horatio was a friend to her late parents.

She doubts the obscure sign she received to follow Will but on the edge of giving up, she receives the sign that she is on the right path.

The following chapter tells us the story of Will (400 years ago) as he leaves his ancestral estate (Swan Hall) and falls in love with Marguerite. Marguerite is Garet's ancestor.

What follows are alternating chapters. Garet's written in the first person and is her quest to find Will in the Summer Country. Will's chapters in the third person and his quest to become immortal. At one point the past and present overlap.

There are allusions to the important points in Black Swan Rising, very cleverly built in as we journey along on their quest. If you haven't read the first, you are able to start reading The Watchtower and it still makes sense.

We find out a bit more about why The Watchtowers came into existence and why Marguerites's descendents have the role they do. We also find out the connection of the alchemist John Dee.

Parts of the story are slow going but I found enough to hold my interest and keep me reading. I loved the fairy tale/mythical aspects. Any book that has fey and dryads in will pull me in. This was more about these mythical beings and much less about vampires.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking second title in a great UF series. 31 Aug 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having enjoyed the first title, Black Swan Rising I was looking forward to seeing what the next story would contain, if a lot of the loose ends would be tied up and if the mysterious elements surrounding her life would add to more complications as Garet learned more about her heritage.

This novel met all of my expectations and more with a wonderful love story interwoven with some clever mythology, some great prose and of course a journey that reveals secrets and mysteries that will enthral and enchant the reader. Add to this the seamless combination of two authors working in harmony and it's a series that is not only different to a lot of books out there but one that really is something new to the genre. Magic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but not as good as her other work 21 Oct 2013
By Miss_MP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A collaboration between Carol Goodman and her partner this book as all depth of character you would come to expect from her. However there are lots of "coincidences" and scenes in the book that seem a little too staged. I love the main characters however it was hard to keep reading, it didn't have her usual flow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Read 29 Sep 2013
By Luna Shine VINE VOICE
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The Watchtower, second book of the series opens in Paris with Garet James, who is a Jewelry designer, coming to terms with the fact that she is the last in a long line women dedicated to protect the human race from evil, as well as trying to find the man she loves, Will Hughes.

Garet has received a sign from Will Hughes, the 400 year old vampire whom she encountered in Black Swan Rising, (the first book in the series), when he helped her to defeat an evil entity threatening her home town of New York City. Will has asked her to join him and help him to become mortal again by entering the Summer Country. While looking for Will in Paris, Garet encounters a number of mysterious figures-an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the oldest tree in Paris, a gnome who lives under the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a librarian at the Institut Oceanographique, and a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens.

Each step with these mysterious figures leads Garet closer to finding Will Hughes, but she realises she is not alone in her travels. As Garet struggles to understand her family legacy, each answer leaves her more confused and each step she takes leads her into more dangerous situations.

I found this book not quite as good as Black Swan Rising (Black Swan Rising Trilogy 1), but I really wanted to find out more about Garet and where her encounters with Will were taking her. It was a little slow moving for me until close to the end when the pace quickened slightly. It wasn't that bad that it would stop me from purchasing the third book in the series, The Shape Stealer (Black Swan Rising Trilogy 3).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
Not sure about this one I read the previous book daily but I really struggled with the switching back and forward between times and people I just could not get as immersed in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeni
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire story with a difference
Nice change from the usual vampire stuff, well written with a surprising twist at the end! Can't wait to read book 3...
Published 12 months ago by Emma Fenech Cefai
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I read the first one and enjoyed it so was looking forward to reading this one. However I found the characters lacked depth and I really didn't care what happened to them. Read more
Published 15 months ago by F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean
Good as the first one.love the plot and its twists and turns , hope the 3rd one comes out soon
Published 15 months ago by macajee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Black Swan Rising
Like other reviews, I also think it feels like someone else wrote the second book of the trilogy, Black Swan Rising was brilliant, this second book feels less intense and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms. S. Darling
1.0 out of 5 stars really not good
No where near as good as the first book in the series. I hope there isn't a third, this was tosh.
Published 16 months ago by J Purc
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited Kindle Version
I purchased the kindle version of this book by Transworld Publishers. I'm not sure what went wrong when the ebook version was released, but throughout the book certain words such... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Niemand
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved both books in the series.
I loved these books but was most upset to find the next will not be published until 2013, two years after the last one.
Why? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Thoroughly enjoyed Black Swan Rising but what a disappointment this was - the sections with Garet in Paris are ok but the sections with Will are unreadable. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jollycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I love this book and the series. I can't wait for the next to come out! I bought the first (Black Swan) in the supermarket on a whim as I needed something to read. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Ingrid Fehr
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