Monday, April 1, 2013

Pantomime by Laura Lam - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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Title: Pantomime
Author: Laura Lam
Year Published: 2013


R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilization long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

Why?: A circus, magic, and mystery? This sounds like EXACTLY the kind of book I would love! Plus, Strange Chemistry has not disappointed me yet, so I was really excited to find a book like this from them!

Expectations: I expect a lot of circus fun and mystery. Plus quit a bit of world building, because you can't have a good fantasy novel without excellent world building. I really want to know Micah and Gene's stories, and see how they end up becoming one. What are the balancing acts that they have to perform? What could they possible know or do that could change their world? And what does "Pantomime" have to do with the whole thing?

Judging a book by its cover: The cover looks like something from a masquerade rather than a circus, but it definitely intrigued me. I would probably pick it up if I saw it on a bookshelf somewhere, since I'm all for masquerades and circuses and pantomimes. But it's not really very striking or anything, so I don't know if it would catch the attention of many readers.


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