The Case of the Spellbound Child

The Case of the Spellbound Child The Fourteenth Novel In The Magical Alternate History Elemental Masters Series Continues The Reimagined Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes In A Richly Detailed Alternate Th Century EnglandWhile Sherlock Is Still Officially Dead, John And Mary Watson And Nan Killian And Sarah Lyon White Are Taking Up Some Of His Case Load And Some For Lord Alderscroft, The Wizard Of LondonLord Alderscroft Asks Them To Go To Dartmoor To Track Down A Rumor Of Evil Magic Brewing There Not Than Four Hours Later, A Poor Cottager, Also From Dartmoor, Arrives Seeking Their Help His Wife, In A Fit Of Rage Over The Children Spilling And Spoiling Their Only Food For Dinner That Night, Sent Them Out On The Moors To Forage For Something To Eat This Is Not The First Time She Has Done This, And The Children Are Moor Wise And Unlikely To Get Into Difficulties But This Time They Did Not Come Back, And In Fact, Their Tracks Abruptly Stopped As If Them Pharisees Took D Em The Man Begs Them To Come HelpThey Would Have Said No, But There S The Assignment For Alderscroft Why Not Kill Two Birds With One Stone But The Deadly Bogs Are Not The Only Mires On Dartmoor

Misty Lackey

[Epub] ➜ The Case of the Spellbound Child Author Mercedes Lackey – Uc0.info
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Case of the Spellbound Child
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • English
  • 15 July 2019
  • 9780756412111

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    Originally published at Reading RealityI actually read this a couple of weeks ago, while I was in the middle of listening to The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl followed by Mycroft and Sherlock The Empty Birdcage I was on a Sherlock Holmes kick and looking for stories that were at least Holmes adjacent, as both Mesmerizing Girl and Spellbound Child turned out to be.In other words, unlike Mycroft and Sherlock, which is definitely Holmesian all the way even if it is still focused on the older brother than the younger, both the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club and the Elemental Masters are series that I got into for Holmes but stayed in for everybody else.Which is a good thing, because Spellbound Child, like last month s Mesmerizing Girl, is all about the everybody else and only tangentially about Holmes At least in Spellbound Child Sherlock isn t in need of rescue along with some of that everybody else.This story is part of the author s Elemental Masters series In this series, the world is an alternate version of our own history, it s just a version in which magic works but is mostly hidden and strictly controlled by its practitioners especially those who are masters of their particular elements.The series began with The Fire Rose back in 1995 a story that I read at the time but have no recollection of beyond the concept I kept up with the first few books in the series, but then dropped it for a long time, until A Scandal in Battersea caught my attention two years ago, not for its fantasy but for its screamingly obvious Sherlockian elements And have continued with the series ever since, even stepping back one book to A Study in Sable, where the entire current cast of characters was introduced.The above should give heart to any readers who have not read the whole series I do think starting with A Study in Sable would be beneficial to becoming acquainted with the current cast and situation And all Holmes pastiche series seem to start with a play on the first Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, as this one does.However, Holmes is not an elemental master at least not unless someone declares logic to be a form of elemental magic He is, rather, a skeptic In spite of his friend and biographer, Dr John Watson, being an elemental master himself, as is Watson s wife Mary It is an interesting take on their long term friendship and collaboration, as Holmes has his sphere in which he is an acknowledged expert, but Watson also has his And there are times when logic must defer to magic, no matter how much Holmes may scoff He does not believe, but he has seen And there have been multiple occasions where magic is the only answer left after he has eliminated the impossible.This story takes place during Holmes hiatus after Reichenbach Falls, so his presence is very much on the QT, as that saying goes He s part of the story but neither the integral or central part, and that s as it should be.Because this is a case that is intimately steeped in magic And in a peculiar way, it hearkens back to the original premise of this series, that of retelling fairy tales in a new and magical world.The child who is missing, and spellbound, turns out to be a surprisingly rational and logical version of Gretel Making her also missing, also spellbound, but ot nearly as mature or rational or logical little brother Hansel This is a series where the females often get top billing and solve the case and so it proves here It is up to non magical but highly practical Gretel, really Helen Byerly, to figure out just how the extremely wicked witch was ensorcelling ALL the children, and escape to find help Help in the form of Dr John Watson, his wife Mary, Spirit Master Sarah Lyon White and psychic Nan Killian, along with their foster daughter Suki and their highly intelligent birds Grey and Neville, sent to the wilds of Dartmoor by the Wizard of London to determine why so many children have gone missing in recent years and why so little is being done about it.While this case doesn t wind up at Baskerville Hall as I fully admit I was than half expecting it has every bit as as many twists, turns and surprises as Holmes and Watson s famous visit to the moor.Escape Rating B If you look carefully at the background image in the book cover, you ll recognize the silhouette of the famous detective, complete with pipe and just the suggestion of a deerstalker cap It does lead one to believe that there will be of Holmes than actually occurs in this case On the other hand, there s plenty of Watson, or rather, Watsons in this one, as the Wizard of London has tasked the Watsons with a case that he finds important than the locals seem to.After all, it s obvious to him fairly early on that someone is kidnapping children with magical talent While all that the locals notice is that the missing children are not their kind meaning either poor or members of the Travelers, and are therefore beneath society s notice.Everyone involved, the Watsons, Nan and Sarah, as well as Holmes and the reader are fairly incensed by that attitude and determined to do what they can to get to the bottom of it.I found the case to be an intriguing one, as the perspective switches from the imprisoned children to the search for them and back again In spite of the magic involved, the search is actually fairly straightforward, even if some of the means and methods are otherworldly What tugs at the heart in this story is the plight of those children, trapped by chains of both metal and fear to serve as magical batteries for a hedge wizard who would be a bully with or without magic.The character who really shines in this story is the non magical but eminently practical and oh so brave Helen Byerly She s trapped with the others, chained by magic she doesn t understand, and yet she still finds a way to improve conditions for everyone she takes under her care and reasons her way to an escape that has a chance of freeing them all The story may focus on the Watsons and the other masters and magic users, but Helen is the real hero of the tale.And I always love seeing a smart girl participate in her own rescue

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    This series has become a perennial favorite of mine, and especially those books with the recurring characters of Elemental Masters Nan and Sarah With the introduction in previous books of Sherlock Holmes, and Master Magicians John and Mary Watson, it has become even fun This case involves the kidnapping of several missing children, and we switch back and forth from the points of view of the victims and our protagonists.I love this world of elemental magic in Victorian times I also like that the major players here aside from our heroines Nan and Sarah are the Watsons rather than Sherlock Holmes, who is really a minor player I especially enjoy the intelligent birds Neville the raven and Grey the grey parrot, who are the girls familiars and characters on their own It s been fun to see the girls grow up from the young children they were in the first book that introduced them And I like that this series has a a lot of standalone books with characters that occasionally have cameos in other books It s a fun world that I always enjoy revisiting with every new volume, and I look forward to the next one.

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    Oy I was really hoping that Lackey would bring this series back up to it s usual high standards, and I do appreciate that there was a little bit suspense left in the mystery instead of revealing all of it and then having the main characters play catch up, but I still had several problems with this book My biggest problem is the bizarre use of the period and place specific phonetically written out accents although I just generally hate this in books anyway but the dialect was so obscure that lots of information got lots because I didn t understand what they were saying and couldn t be bothered to try and parse it out It was aggravating and I felt it took me out of the story and served no purpose While I normally enjoy the slower pacing of this series I will admit with this one it dragged a little too much and not enough interesting action took place At least Sherlock Holmes made a brief appearance in this one, but overall I m really disappointed in this outing.

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    So that s what a grimoire is I can t get over how much I love Nan and Sarah They are smart and kind and witty and brave Perfectly suited to being friends with Dr Watson and his lovely wife Mary, not to mention Sherlock Holmes What kind of person feeds off of other people Particularly off of children Sadly, though this book focuses on magic, the reality is that a there are many in this world that could and would do the same to helpless children To have a happy ending, to see a righteous few win the battle, brings me satisfaction Best of all, this book provided the chance to catch up with some others who are now friends, Peter and Suki I hope in the future we get to encounter Helen and Simon again and see how they develop This book was nice way to end 2019

  6. says:

    Good story with John Watson and the gang.This is the first of Mistys books that I have less then 5 stars She uses several words and phrases that are not found in dictionarys or on the internet A couple I can not even figure out what they mean by how they are used also the editing is a little off Other then that this a good book with two short adventures and one big adventurous mystery.

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    The Dartmoor dialect makes for slower reading I ve been to Devon though I didn t meet anyone with an accent this deep, so I don t mind that kind of thing.I also felt that the first part of the story, about Reg, could have been a separate short story, as it didn t solidly connect to the rest of the book

  8. says:

    Once again, reading until 3 am, I reluctantly attempt to sleep The next day I finish, sated, satisfied, in awe of an author who can keep me enthralled Ms Lackey is one of my all time favorite authors If you are looking for an adventurous read, with some frivolity, some philosophy, and page turning suspense, she s your best bet.

  9. says:

    Good tale The story was great, but the constant use of the difficult to understand dialect was extremely annoying If she d used it just a little at the start and then eased out of it, I d rate this with five stars.It s well worth reading, but expect it to take a lot longer than normal.

  10. says:

    Another fine Elemental Masters bookThis is the 4th in the Elemental Masters Sherlock Holmes series This one has elements of Hansel and Gretel, and not enough Sherlock but it is a solidly interesting story. A good read, and some interesting characters introduced that I would like to see of.

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