Review - Black Swan Rising

Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll


Genre: Urban fantasy

"When New York City jewelry designer Garet James stumbles into a strange antiques shop in her neighborhood, her life is about to be turned upside down. John Dee, the enigmatic shopkeeper, commissions her to open a vintage silver box for a generous sum of money. Oddly, the symbol of a swan on the box exactly matches the ring given to her by her deceased mother. Garet can’t believe her luck and this eerie coincidence until she opens the box and otherworldly things start happening. . . "
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Lee Carroll is a pseudonym for the collaboration between writer Carol Goodman and her poet husband, Lee Slonimsky. I can't imagine to write a book with someone else, it seems impossible to me, but Black Swan Rising proved me wrong. This book was very atmospheric, with a gothic feel, and highly enjoyable. I loved how Lee Carroll brought together vampires, fairies, alchemy, demons, and most importantly, watchtowers! :) It reveals a very rich world around us that has been here for a long, long time, and is hidden for normal people. In this aspect it reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and that's a good thing! The story itself was fun, some might say it could be shorter and less descriptive at times, but I liked that, it made it different from most of the books you read nowadays. I also enjoyed the language, it was quite poetic.
Garet, the main character, was likeable, maybe because she's very close to my age :) She is smart and sophisticated. She's not a kick-ass character, but not a clumsy and helpless character either. She seems to be balanced in this aspect. Also, her attitude to everything seems like a perfect balance between logical thinking and being intuitive.
All in all this book is a good choice if you are looking for a slightly unusual urban fantasy.

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