Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Review ~ Discord's Apple

Discord's Apple
By Carrie Vaughn
Published By Tor Books

Summary (Goodreads): When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.
And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.
Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse. 

My Thoughts: I loved the setting/ world building of this book. You have Fantastical meets pre-apocalyptic meets Greek Mythology meets a whole New World. Even Hope's Fort, a rundown middle of nowhere town,  has a police checkpoint in the middle of Main St where they do security checks on every car. 
I also really enjoyed most of the characters in this book. Evie is a comic book writer who has come home to be with her dying father. Once there she starts to learn things about the storeroom in the basement where she was never allowed when she was little.  I loved the idea of people just showing up looking for a magical item and Evie or her father knowing whether there was something there for them and if so what it was they needed. Alex/Sinon was another great character in this book and learning his history was as interesting as the main story. The rest of the side characters made an interesting mix of good and bad with visits from Robin, Arthur and Merlin along with a few others.
I liked how the story flowed from one setting to another, between post-Troy Olympus and Hope's Fort along with the history of how the Walker family became the keepers of the storeroom.
The only thing I didn't like was part of the ending. Hera is not one of my favorite Greeks and her role in the story took a bit from it for me. 

Rating: 4

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