New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris Returns With The Second Of The Gunnie Rose Series, In Which Lizbeth Is Hired Onto A New Crew, Transporting A Crate Into Dixie, The Self Exiled Southeast Territory Of The Former United States What The Crate Contains Is Something So Powerful, That Forces From Across Three Territories Want To Possess It In This Second Thrilling Installment Of The Gunnie Rose Series, Lizbeth Rose Is Hired Onto A New Crew For A Seemingly Easy Protection Job, Transporting A Crate Into Dixie, Just About The Last Part Of The Former United States Of America She Wants To Visit But What Seemed Like A Straight Forward Job Turns Into A Massacre As The Crate Is Stolen Up Against A Wall In Dixie, Where Social Norms Have Stepped Back Into The Last Century, Lizbeth Has To Go Undercover With An Old Friend To Retrieve The Crate As What S Inside Can Spark A Rebellion, If She Can Get It Back In Time New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries And Midnight, Texas Trilogy Is At Her Best Here, Building The World Of This Alternate History Of The United States, Where Magic Is An Acknowledged But Despised Power A LONGER FALL by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the new Gunnie Rose series This series spans several genres including urban fantasy, western, alternate history, and thriller with magic adding another level.The story begins with our protagonist Lizbeth Rose Gunnie Rose on a train heading from Texoma to the country of Dixie with a new gunnie crew guarding a crate they need to deliver in Sally, a town in Dixie By the end of the first chapter there has been an explosion and the train has been derailed near their destination What started as an easy protection job has now evolved into something else Lizbeth s friend from book one, Eli Savarov shows up shown after the train derailment and they join forces to continue the mission Both Lizbeth s weapons expertise and Eli s magic are needed to help them succeed Who are their friends and who are enemies Dixie has some very old fashioned beliefs that women should be wearing dresses, not pants Additionally, this book takes on the underlying themes of racism and social stratification There is not quite as much action in this book as in book one in the series, but there is still plenty of it as well as a couple of slightly steamy, but not graphic scenes.Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and she did not let me down with this unique addition to the new series The worldbuilding is fantastic and the characters are compelling Lizbeth s motivations are believable and well drawn and the secondary characters were well rounded and enhanced the story Lizbeth is a strong, and capable female protagonist The plot twists were believable but several were unexpected The story moved at an appropriate pace The scenes were well described and gave me a clear sense of place.I recommend that those that are interested in this series read the books in order The first book in the series explains the alternative history aspect that is not fully explained in book two I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series If you like blended genre books, then this may be a book that you would enjoy.Many thanks to Saga Press Gallery and Charlaine Harris for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. A Longer Fall is book two in Harris Gunnie Rose series which envisions an alternate reality where President Roosevelt was assassinated and the country broke apart into smaller ones with the east coast 12 of the 13 original colonies aligning with Britain and the West Coast becoming the new Holy Russian Empire loyal to the Tsar and filled with orders of Grogori magicians Lizbeth Rose or Gunnie Rose as she is known hails from Texoma, a new nation created out of Texas and Oklahoma and is a fierce gunwoman despite her small stature Here, Rose sets out on a railroad with a new posse she just joined up with to protect a crate on its way to Dixie, the new country made up of the former Southern states The beginning of the book is a major blast and yes literally a blast The action of the posse and in carrying out its task and recovering from what happens is great action packed writing After that, the plot line sort of peters out, losing its purpose This series has great promise from its alternate universe, which really isn t taken advantage of so much in this novel, to the great characterization and narrative voice of the one and only Lizbeth Rose. I received this ARC copy of The Long Fall from Gallery Saga Press Simon Schuster This is my honest and voluntary review The Long Fall is set for publication Jan 14, 2020.Charlaine HarrisFRONTLIST January 14, 20209781481494953, 1481494953Hardcover 26.99 USD, 35.99 CADFiction Fantasy Paranormal320 pages Announced 1st Print 100KSeries Gunnie Rose After the first book in this trilogy, I didn t expect very much But I am so totally hooked on anything Charlaine writes that I just felt that I had to read this I tend not to like westerns and the first book was a total oater This book mixes things up a little by getting Lizbeth Gunnie Rose into a different country Dixie on a new job And everything is going as expected blood and gunfire everywhere until the train she and her new crew are on, blew up Gunnie and her mostly deceased crew were guarding a crate and that is all I m going to say about the guts of this book except for this one thing Eli shows up, naturally You can t have a Charlaine Harris novel without a little romance I think I liked this book because I knew now what to expect How the New America was divided and the historical facts.This book involves uncomfortable facts about Dixie and you need to think of the deep south in the earlier and middle part of the last century A lot of this plot includes uncomfortable truths At least for a person my age, they are uncomfortable This book does have a unique way of dealing with prejudice against blacks and those that are a bit different I do so love books with magic Think of Gunnie in her jeans and gunsyou ll see what I mean.I do heartily recommend that you read the first book or you will be a little lost in this one although it does a good job of recapping to the point that if you read the first book just before this one you are going to be able to do a lot of skimming.The mystery is totally a cool one I would never in a million years have ever guessed what was in the crate the crew was guarding There is sex in this book, but not the ultra graphic sex some authors get into Some people may become offended by some of the storylines but you really have to remember the historical era of America this book was portraying ARC supplied by the publisher. An awesome sequel The action is frantic and nearly non stop the sex is again there but not excessively graphic The characters and locations are well fleshed out I really like alternate histories Not similar but in the vein of Orson Scott Card s Alvin Maker series especially how magic is an accepted part of life The author, at least to my mind s ear, nails the dialog of the time and the people of different social and economic levels.We re back with Lizbeth Gunnie Rose and her love, the Grigori wizard Eli up against racial tensions in a land, Dixie, where women as well as blacks are treated as near property A terrible accident during a train trip once again throws our two protagonists together against friend and foe alike Both trying to complete contracts that at least aren t at odds to one a they must once again team up to keep each other alive.My one complaint would be the very end, the last novel wrapped up, hoped for but it could have stood alone This ends almost with a Stay tuned for the further adventures of Gunnie Rose Eli in our next exciting chapter Like the old serials used to I want there to be stories as long as it doesn t go downhill like the Sookie series did in the end but I liked the self contained nature of the first novel We re left with a cliffhanger wondering and waiting for the next installment.Thanks to NetGallery for providing an advanced copy to review. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Wow, this was really great The right amount was f action, the right amount of steaminess Harris just gets better and better as each series develops I loved it and I m sad it is over Even better than the first one. Gunnie Rosie is back in business with a new crew They are hired to bring a chest to a state that is known to be very backwards, male dominated and racist After the train they are on crashes, the chest disappears, but she meets an old friend who helps her finding it again.What starts with action and, of course, lots of dead people, ends in the romance compartment And all together the story did, unfortunately, not make much sense to me.I admire Charlaine Harris writing Even a book like this, where neither story nor characters really catch my interest, I am entertained enough to read without skipping pages However, I wished it would have been a convincing story line with likeable protagonists. What I like most about Charlaine Harris s books is the entertainment value She can make me totally forget my daily monotonous bus commute when I open one of her books I read almost all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I think Gunnie Rose is a down to earth hero, just like Sookie was She is a good and loyal friend, but is also a fierce and lethal enemy to those who cross her and the ones she cares about I like reading her thoughts and following around this realistic protagonist with a touch of magic I don t even care whether the plot makes sense or not, just give me some tense action, fun dialogue and throw in a little unsappy romance too A good change of pace between heavier books. What I like most about Charlaine Harris s books is the entertainment value She can make me totally forget my daily monotonous bus commute when I open one of her books I read almost all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I think Gunnie Rose is a down to earth hero, just like Sookie was She is a good and loyal friend, but is also a fierce and lethal enemy to those who cross her and the ones she cares about I like reading her thoughts and following around this realistic protagonist with a touch of magic I don t even care whether the plot makes sense or not, just give me some tense action, fun dialogue and throw in a little unsappy romance too A good change of pace between heavier books.
- 304 pages
- A Longer Fall
- Charlaine Harris
- 28 November 2019 Charlaine Harris