- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,397,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.
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.
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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