Carrie Vaughn won me over with her new fantasy, Discord's Apple. This novel, combining the Trojan War, myth and legend, and the possible end of the world, was wonderful. When I finish a book, and five minutes later I'm emailing family members telling them to read it, it's a success.
Evie Walker loves the comic book she writes, Eagle Eye Commandos. It's a smash, and she and the graphic artist have a great deal of material to work with. Their world consists of ration books, Citizens' Watch groups, checkpoints, and Homeland Security. There's war all around the world, and they capitalize on that. But, right now, Evie has a more important mission. She returns home to Hopes Fort, Colorado because her father is dying of cancer. And, the Walker family has an inheritance that they only learn about as they are about to inherit.
In Frank Walker's basement is a secret storeroom. And, no family member except the rightful heir, learns about it. It's filled with the artifacts of legend, swords and magic apples, and boxes. And, those artifacts can only be given to the rightful owners, so the Walkers protect them until they're claimed. And, the time is coming when beings who are not the rightful owners are willing to use their powers to reach the storeroom.
Frank and Evie have unexpected allies, though. Can they trust Alex, the stranger who appears in Hopes Fort? And, who else will stand with them against powerful forces with their own allies? The struggle over the storeroom could mean life and death, for the entire world.
There's so much I would love to say about Carrie Vaughn's Discord's Apple, but the discovery of each legend is important to the development of the story. If you're interested in the connections between the past and the present, history and legend, myth and belief, you'll want to immerse yourself in the story of the Walker family. Carrie Vaughn's Discord's Apple is magic in itself.
Carrie Vaughn will be appearing at the Velma Teague Library on Wed., July 28 at 2 p.m. as part of the ongoing Authors @ The Teague series.
Carrie Vaughn's website is www.carrievaughn.com
Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn. Tor, ©2010. ISBN 9780765325549 (hardcover), 304p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.