Friday, July 16, 2010

Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn

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

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.


Anonymous said...

Lesa, your review makes this book sound very interesting. I thought I had a copy and when I looked, there it was. I'm pulling it out and slipping it in after I finish my current book group read.

Anonymous said...

Your review is just enough information to make me decide I want to read it, and not so much that I felt I don't need to. All this, and we live in the same town! I use the Foothills Branch.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Sounds like a winner! I'll have to check it out. I haven't read a fantasy in ages and I'm in the mood for something different. :)

Lesa said...


I'm so glad you have a copy of Discord's Apple in your TBR pile. Really pleased to see you moved it up. I hope you like it!

Lesa said...


I'm afraid we don't have a copy of Discord's Apple in the system yet, although I've placed an order for it. Wonderful book! I hope you get a chance to read it after we get it.

Nice to "meet" you! If you're ever interested in coming to Velma Teague for an "Authors @ The Teague" program, check out the upcoming author listings on the right side of the blog.

Lesa said...


I hadn't read a fantasy in a while either, but this one showed up in my mailbox. Since the author will be here at the end of the month, I took a chance on it, and loved it.

I love that mix of myth and legend with fantasy.

Sheila Beaumont said...

Sounds great! I love Ms. Vaughn's series about Kitty the werewolf. Glad to hear you liked Discord's Apple so much! Like you, I love fantasy based on myth and legend.

Lesa said...

It was terrific, Sheila. Now, I have to read the new Kitty book before Carrie Vaughn gets here at the end of the month.

Chary Johnson said...

I love fantasy novels. This sounds just right for me.

Lesa said...

I hope you enjoy it, Chary!

kathy d. said...

Just a comment that it's a lovely cover, the right shades on the page with the apple featured. It does make one want to read the book, along with your review.

Lesa said...

That cover is enticing, isn't it, kathy d.? It caught my attention immediately.