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She is strong but not egotistical about it, and has a work ethic I can admire, and more common sense than most. That she's considered expendible by her superiors in her own grove adds to her appeal. I was somewhat less sympathetic to the apprentice she acquires along the way, but that is largely because Robert Lorents is a teenager, and going through more The lead character, Grace Moore, strongly reminded me of someone I know in real life, but that is not the only reason I found her sympathetic.

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I was somewhat less sympathetic to the apprentice she acquires along the way, but that is largely because Robert Lorents is a teenager, and going through more than the average teenager. Their prickly relationship helped keep the story moving along, with lots of action along the way. If I could ask for more, though, I would want to get a much better feel for the villain of the piece, a murderous sort from a neighboring dimension.

We never get much more than his name, and I finished this book with no idea what his ambitions are, or who he really is. There was also a lengthy car chase where the various exchanges between our heroes and the demonic creature chasing them got repetitive.

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There were a lot of very inventive uses of the landscape, however, and I really did end up rooting for Grace, despite the occasional urge to slap Robert. May 30, Deby Fredericks rated it really liked it. A great read, fast-paced, with a streak of humor. The main characters made a solid team up against long odds. The setup that mages are persecuted isn't too surprising, but that was balanced by a ton of cool inventions and supernatural suspense. Jul 29, Kaye Thornbrugh rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. In fact, Grace Under Fire delivers one of my favorite tropes, rarely seen in the wild: 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. 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. I had to get to know him over the course of the story. 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.

Say, is this what people from New York feel like all the time? All told, Grace Under Fire delivers everything I want in an urban fantasy, in a well-written package: Pick up a copy of this book. Jul 02, L. Watkin rated it really liked it Shelves: As ever with this kind of modern day America with witches set up, there is an amount of exposition to wade through. Summoning is punishable by a life sentence complete with disabling drugs and yet enough people still do it that in every small town there are hierarchies, conferences, meeting rooms, school systems and libraries.

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To do spells you need skill, vials of blood, and enough chains of runic spells that even expert Grace writes them down in advance to get anything done quickly. The complexity is a particular issue at the beginning where Grace has the unenviable task of explaining her own backstory, a multi-tier magic system and a complicated social set up within a single chapter. The demonic villain is inventively designed, well described and hilariously hard to kill, there is a certain cartoon violence vibe to some scenes with Grace pulling machine guns, rocket launchers, disappearing floors etc. Both characters are consistently well written with clearly differentiated voices, essential for any book where the author imposes a strict viewpoint rotation.

Grace herself I have to admit to finding quite difficult as a character, she comes off as selfish, self-centred and a bit fanatical, never seeing alternative points of view. She does have a nice line in sarcastic humour though. Apr 10, Rachel Barnard rated it it was amazing. 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.


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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.

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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. Dec 05, Victoria Zigler rated it really liked it.

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.

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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 actua This was a quite enjoyable and very imaginative story, which is mostly well written apart from the typos dotted throughout it. 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. Apr 27, Dominic rated it it was amazing. 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 alli This was such a fun, fast paced read in an alternate earth that has magic.

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.

Nov 20, Tracey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well written, well paced, well done! Traci Rivers rated it really liked it Apr 16, Rebeqah L rated it liked it Aug 04, Leila Gaskin rated it really liked it Jul 11, Christopher rated it really liked it Jul 24, Misty Ovens rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Anne rated it liked it Oct 27, Katy rated it really liked it May 03, Denise T rated it it was amazing Nov 10, Tucker rated it really liked it May 13, Kate de Jesus rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Adrienne rated it really liked it Jun 21, Sometimes a book goes temporarily out of print - and sometimes no audio version has ever been recorded.

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    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.