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When the Bough Breaks: A Novel of the Serrated Edge [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey , Holly Lisle
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31 Dec 1993 The Serrated Edge
In the latest installment of the SERRAted Edge series, elf-driver Maclyn, his road crew mechanic/mother Dierdre, and the spirit of an ancient Celtic witch come to the rescue of one frail blonde girl, who just might be the strongest psi power on either side of Faerie--and who just might destroy both worlds if her pain isn't healed. Others in the series are Born to Run and Wheels of Fire.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (31 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721541
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars What more can I say? Read this book! 1 Aug 2004
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An absolutely brilliant, occasionally upsetting book. Elves, fast cars, a (miniature) damsel in a great deal of distress...who could ask for more?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic depiction of MPD w/in a gripping urban fantasy. 18 Jun 1998
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I read all and own most of Lackey's novels, including collaborations. I particulary like her urban fantasies because they grapple fearlessly--and realistically--with real-life issues. In When the Bough Breaks, the authors portray multiple personality disorder very truly, yet merge it seamlessly with the other aspects of the story. Don't get me wrong! This is not some psychological narrative, but another excellent combination of fantasy and modern life from master storytellers. I highly recommend it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Subject 20 Sep 2005
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's embarrassing when a book has been sitting on a 'to be read' pile for so long the pages are yellowing. And I like Mercedes Lackey. Perhaps it was the idea of Elf racecar drivers that put me off. It seemed like stretching the elf prototype a bit. And maybe it's just a little too cutesy.

Yet 'When the Bough Breaks' is anything but a cute story. Racing is a backdrop for the story of an Elf (Mac Lynn) who is uncomfortable with his heritage and falling in love with a human (Lianne McCormick) for the second time. He should know better one would think, but there is something in the Elven mind that is drawn to drama. But even that isn't the real center of the story.

Amanda is a pre-adolescent girl who comes from an abusive family. Not a little abusive, but a lot abusive. So abusive that her personality has divided in order that some parts of her mind can never have to know the horrible truth. So abusive that her massive psychic talent has awakened and, if she cannot learn to master her anger, it may very well bring the Elven world down. The only think holding together is that one of her personalities isn't hers, but that of an ancient druid witch.

Mac and Lianne struggle to extract Amanda from her wealthy but hopeless environment, but are hampered on all sides. Not only is Amanda herself a threat, but several psychic hunters are determined to kidnap Mac or Amanda and enslave them for their powers. It will take a miracle for this to work out well, and, frankly, well just may not be an option.

As much as I applaud Lackey and Lisle for making a real statement about the horrors of child abuse, the plot is heavy handed in other places with less effect. There's are too many things going on and this weakens the plot line around Amanda. And Mac Lynn's antics provide a distracting and almost innapropriate contrast to the core issues. I would have liked to see this be a simpler, darker story with a less predictable conclusion.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 11 April 2014
By Henry N. Schowalter - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book and good reading as expected, I have other books in series. looking for more books by this publisher and/or author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Serrated edge series 15 Feb 2013
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Love these books, a good read. This series is a refreshing take on elves and humans, great imagination. Thanks for a great week of reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and informative 27 May 1998
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This is a brilliant book. It manages to deal with a very topical issue, without being too preachy. I particularly liked the ending where the villian gets his just desserts ~ if only such options were possible in real life!!
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