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Heart of Briar (Luna) by [Gilman, Laura Anne]
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"Layers of mystery, science, politics, romance, and old-fashioned investigative work mixed with high-tech spellcraft." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Pack of Lies

"Do you believe in magic? You will when Gilman's done with you." -- New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow

"Gilman spends a good deal of time exploring - and subverting - the trope of the fated-to-happen relationship. Readers will find this to be an engaging and fast-paced read." -RT Book Reviews on Dragon Justice


"Layers of mystery, science, politics, romance, and old-fashioned investigative work mixed with high-tech spellcraft." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Pack of Lies



"Do you believe in magic? You will when Gilman's done with you." -- New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow



"Gilman spends a good deal of time exploring - and subverting - the trope of the fated-to-happen relationship. Readers will find this to be an engaging and fast-paced read." -RT Book Reviews on Dragon Justice

About the Author

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the Retrievers and Paranormal Scene Investigations urban fantasy series), and the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy from Pocket, as well as the YA trilogy GRAIL QUEST for Harper. Her first story collection is DRAGON VIRUS andshe continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres. Follow her at @LAGilman or www.lauraannegilman.net"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCWVTYO
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #627,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Disclosure : I paid full price for this book, and have no link to the author other than being a fan of her work.

The blurb makes this book sound like another retelling of Tam Lin, something that's been done before by writers in a weight class Gilman has yet to reach, skilled storyteller as she is (though Silver on the Road (The Devil's West) may take her there).

There's more to it than that. When the heroine searches the net for stories about elves, it seems she missed the one about Tam Lin. So when she comes to the test she fails it - but she does not give up on her lost lover. The second half of the book shows her continuing the search, and what she finds out in the process sets her a new challenge. How she deals with that is told in the sequel, Soul of Fire (Luna) .

The heroine is a normal woman with normal weaknesses (asthma, and she doesn't deal well with crowds). She has no magic or superpowers of her own. All that makes her special is her commitment to her missing boyfriend and her courage in facing the challenges she meets in her search for him.

I've greatly enjoyed Gilman's work in the series beginning with Staying Dead (A Retrievers Novel, Book 1) and the spin-offs starting with Hard Magic (Paranormal Scene Investigations, Book 1) . This book and its sequel show that she can extend her talents to other magical versions of our world while still keeping the characters real and believable. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 18 Aug. 2013
By S. B. Wolven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Urban fantasy. A love story. A human who has to go "down the rabbit hole" to get back her love...only to discover he's not the only one at risk. I loved watching Jan struggle with letting herself trust the supernaturals who needed her help, while knowing she had no choice but to put her life in their hands if she wanted to get her boyfriend back -- only to discover that getting him back is just the beginning. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh 8 Nov. 2013
By woperd - Published on Amazon.com
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Readable, but not great. I usually plan to reread most of my purchases. This one is going to get dusty.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Story Line and the Characters are Dumb 23 Aug. 2013
By Joanne Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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It wasn't up to the level of other books by this author. The characters were simplistic and the story line weak.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 22 Sept. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good read. Looking forward to the next in the series. Like the unique twist Gilman gives to standard story lines.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thorn in my side... 30 July 2013
By Jskinz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book, it is filled with things I love. A strong, smart heroine. Supernatural sidekicks. Adventure, and a love story. Even though all of the elements were there I just couldn't connect with the book. I did like the flashbacks to Jan and Tyler's relationship so we can see why she fights for him and why he can't truly forget her. I also liked when we got to see what Tyler was up to. However, there was action but I never felt a true sense of danger or urgency. There was loss, but I never felt heart break. There was a villain, but I never felt intimated.

The Jane True series recently ended and I thought this series could fill the hole that was left. A young woman, who lost her love, finds out that creatures of legend are real and she is needed to set things to rights. Unfortunately for me this wasn't it, and I will not be reading the next book in the series.
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