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Grace Under Fire (The Gift of Grace Book 1) by [Jones, Esther, Jones, Frog]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PGGYO6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,397,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Summoning isn’t legal, but it’s done all the time under the nose of the public and the police. Summoners work to maintain balance in the world and make sure nothing nasty gets through the Weave that separates worlds. Grace Moore is an average Summoner sent to investigate the mass murder of a group of summoners in Spokane. Why Grace? Because she’s good enough and everyone else is busy. And did I mention it was dangerous? While in Spokane, Grace encounters the source of the murders, a rather large nasty beast that almost kills her and wants to eat Summoners and soak up their power. At the last minute, the beast is distracted by an unusual power burst and takes off, straight toward a crowded mall. Meanwhile, Robert Lorents is enacting petty revenge using Summoning and Grace has to save his butt. As a Summoner with loads of potential, perhaps Robert is the key to saving Spokane from the big nasty.

I thoroughly enjoyed the juxtaposition of a high school boy and a mid-thirties hippy chick. Both main characters, Robert and Grace, were well defined and full of their own personalities. It was super neat to see how each character viewed themselves and each other through the POV changes between chapters.

The world and rules for Summoning (magic) were very well defined. There were plenty of explanations for how the Groves functioned and what the Weave was and the ins and outs of Summoning. Summoning was unique enough for magic to be intriguing every time it was defined and every time I saw it in action.

The climax was phenomenal and perfectly timed.

My only critique is that many of Grace’s one-liners fell short and I did not find her as humorous as she was supposed to be written.
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This was a quite enjoyable and very imaginative story, which is mostly well written (apart from the typos dotted throughout it). My big issue with it was that there were places where the use of cursewords was just too much; the odd one cropping up is fine, but there was a point where they were coming thick and fast with no justification in my opinion. I mean, if you must use a few, fine, but there are ways to say that someone uses more curse words than clean words in their sentence without actually having to do so yourself. A much smaller issue was that there were one or two points were I felt the finer points of the conversation between Grace and Robert could have been cut out to just provide a summery of it since the contents had already been explained to the reader through Grace's thoughts, but - as I said - this wasn't a big issue. So, my issues with the book were minor and - with the exception of the typos - more a personal preference thing than anything. Over-all though, I did feel it was a really good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A smart, rollicking urban fantasy 30 July 2016
By Kaye Thornbrugh - Published on Amazon.com
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Grace Under Fire, book 1 in Frog and Esther Jones’ Gift of Grace series, is a criminally-underrated indie gem. If you like smart urban fantasy, you’ll find a lot to enjoy about this series.

In the Gift of Grace world, magic users are known as summoners, due to their ability to summon (that is, move around) matter from place to place. Summoning is an incredibly diverse brand of magic; it can be applied in about a million ways, from combat to healing. Unfortunately, summoning is also totally illegal, which means summoners like Grace have to keep their abilities hidden from the non-magical population. The underground network of summoners, called Groves, are like one giant, secret mafia family. (Yes, it's as cool as it sounds.)

The relationship between Grace and Robert is my favorite thing about this book. They’re wonderful foils—the brash young guy with more raw power than training, and the exasperated older woman who solves problems with cleverness. In fact, Grace Under Fire delivers one of my favorite tropes, rarely seen in the wild: a tough young guy whose mentor is an older woman. (Bonus points if he has to fetch her coffee at some point in the story.) Watching Grace and Robert play off each other, always in unexpected ways, is a delight.

Now, if you know me very well, you probably know that I’m deeply interested in traumatized, emotionally-damaged teenage boys who do magic. That said, it’s no surprise that I’ve become very attached to Robert. He’s an orphan who has bounced from foster home to foster home—and, unbeknownst to him, he’s got some pretty serious magical chops.

I admit that it was hard for me to connect with Robert at first, on an emotional level—but then I realized that was by design. Robert is a very closed-off person. He’s guarded, understandably so. He doesn’t let anybody in right away, not even the reader. I had to get to know him over the course of the story. By the end, I felt like I’d gone on as much of a journey of discovery as Robert himself.

And then there’s Grace, my love and my darling, the light of my life. Grace is an unapologetic foodie with a wild fashion sense. The first time she used her highly-illegal powers to summon takeout from a faraway restaurant, I knew I loved her. While she doesn’t have the same kind of raw magical power that Robert has, she makes up for it with her technical abilities and tenacity.

I have a weakness for stories set in the Northwest, and as such, I can’t say enough good things about this setting. I love Spokane, and it’s so fun to see familiar places become the backdrop of a magical adventure. (Say, is this what people from New York feel like all the time?) Seriously, I’ve never viewed the Spokane Valley Mall quite the same way after reading about Grace and Robert’s epic battle with a demon from another dimension.

All told, Grace Under Fire delivers everything I want in an urban fantasy, in a well-written package: rollicking adventure, a smart magic system, a realistic setting, and most importantly, fleshed-out characters I can root for. Pick up a copy of this book. You deserve it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!! 13 Oct. 2012
By Wrensteno - Published on Amazon.com
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In Grace Under Fire, we get to deal with two vastly different characters. Both of them are Summoners; their magic is based on moving a thing from place to place.

Grace is a thirty-something Seattlite foodie who's very put out at being given her latest mission. She's competent, professional, and a little out of her depth.

Robert's a teenager who's been bounced around the foster system so much that he has ceased to care about the idea of parents. He's a hurt kid with abandonment issues stacked on abandonment issues, and he does not necessarily use his new-found power wisely.

This book is a coming-of-age story. It's a buddy novel. It's a master-and-student story, but with a twist. The two characters come to lean on each other, because they really can't lean on anyone else. How these disparate characters see each other is one of the great things about this novel.

The story is well-paced; action sequences are quick-tempo and varied in locale from abandoned factory to police station to a crowded mall to a dam.

The thing I want to mention that I don't see talked about a lot in the description is the demon that Robert and Grace face for most of the book. It's a massive, unique beast called a Cornuprocyon that's something of a thirty-foot-long telekinetic cross between a raccoon, a hedgehog, and an anklyosaurus. I really like how this book doesn't give me the same-old-monster I've seen hundreds of times. "Rick," the nickname it gets stuck with in the heat of battle, is a great opponent, and his story is neatly twisted at the end.

All in all, I very much enjoyed reading "Grace Under Fire." I'm looking forward to the rest of The Gift of Grace, whatever these two authors may be calling it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a lovely, chaotic mess of magically combat on the run while using whatever is at hand to stay alive and fight the foe. 28 April 2016
By Dominic F - Published on Amazon.com
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This was such a fun, fast paced read in an alternate earth that has magic. I loved how the characters were revealed, little bits here and their to show who they are, where they came from and where they are going with their inevitable partnership. It is reluctant mentor accidentally finding her perfect apprentice who is just as reluctant to follow the path of magic. I loved the on the fly solutions during running combat. Reluctant mentor, reluctant apprentice so of course there are reluctant allies. Crazy mix of people who are at odds with each who finally warm to the need they can only succeed by teaming up. What a lovely mess.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engaging 8 Jun. 2016
By Rach - Published on Amazon.com
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Very entertaining read. As someone who lived in the Coeur d'Alene/Spokane area, I really liked the novel's setting, and could vividly picture where a lot of the action took place. In fact, I would catch myself checking on the mall while driving the freeway home from grad school at 10:30 at night, just to see that it was indeed still intact. The setting was a nice switch up from Seattle which seems to be a lot of authors' go-to. I especially enjoyed the scene with the Post Falls Dam. Electrifying!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for more! 15 Oct. 2012
By N Oldsmoboche - Published on Amazon.com
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I devoured this book in 2 days. I really like the two main characters, Grace and Robert. The pace of the writing is really nice and I actually found myself tense during the action scenes.

At first you're not sure how the two characters could be in the same story - I mean, really, a Seattle foodie summoner and a teenage foster kid band geek?? Then they come together quite dramatically after a prank gone wrong. Robert and Grace must learn to trust each other and put their differences aside if they're going to live.

This is a great book for any lover of magic stories, no steamy love scenes or super harsh language. I have recommended this to all my friends!
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