Sunday, June 12, 2016

Carousel Tides (Archer's Beach #1), by Sharon Lee (author), Elisabeth Rodgers (narrator)

Audible Studios, November 2010

Kate Archer has, reluctantly, come home to Archer's Beach after ten years away because her grandmother is missing. Their family owns the carousel at the local seasonal amusement park, and if someone doesn't pay the rent soon, they risk losing everything.

When Kate returns to the town and the house, she finds her grandmother has left her a package. There's a letter to Kate, and papers deeding over the carousel, the house, and the land. "The land," in this case, means a great deal more than just the land. Coming home, especially in the absence of her grandmother, means taking up her role as the Guardian of the Land.

And as it happens, a spirit of great power, from the world Kate was born in, has turned his attentions to Archer's Beach, in this, the last and least of the Six Worlds.

And Kate renounced her powers, responsibilities, and ties to the Land ten years ago, when she left, pursuing a self-imposed punishment. She's dying.

This is a nicely presented contemporary fantasy. I love Kate, Borgan, and the land spirits that have been waiting for Kate's return. The town and its inhabitants keep getting more and more interesting as the book progresses.

And there's a nice payoff in the end.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.