Heart of Briar

Heart of Briar He has been taken And you are his only chance That wasn t something Jan expected to hear especially from strangers who d just rescued her from some mysterious and ferocious creatures And she really ha

  • Title: Heart of Briar
  • Author: Laura Anne Gilman
  • ISBN: 9780373803552
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • He has been taken And you are his only chance That wasn t something Jan expected to hear especially from strangers who d just rescued her from some mysterious and ferocious creatures And she really hadn t expected her rescuers to be shape shifters.Now it turns out her boyfriend, Tyler, hasn t gone missing, he s been stolen and Jan s the only one who might be able He has been taken And you are his only chance That wasn t something Jan expected to hear especially from strangers who d just rescued her from some mysterious and ferocious creatures And she really hadn t expected her rescuers to be shape shifters.Now it turns out her boyfriend, Tyler, hasn t gone missing, he s been stolen and Jan s the only one who might be able to get him back.From Elfland.Yeah, Jan s pretty sure the entire world s gone crazy Even if the shifters claim that the naturals like her and the supernaturals like them belong in this worldbut the preternaturals, what humans call elves, don t And they ve found a portal into our world A doorway they can use to infiltrate, to take, to conquer.And now Jan s not just Ty s only hope she s got to rescue humanity, as well.

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    1. First website designer Jan's boyfriend disappears, and then a couple freaks crowd her on the bus and tell her she's in grave danger. Naturally she's in no mood for their games, but then a gnome eats through the bus, which is pretty convincing.Jan and the fairies go on the run and try to track down the elves (they're called preternaturals, shortened to the even worse "preters," in this book) who are stealing humans away to their magical land. This sounds great, but in practice it's just Jan and a [...]

    2. An interesting and promising start in this first book of the "Portals" duology by author Laura Anne Gilman.Unlike what the cover may indicate, this is not a YA book. The characters are in their thirties, with established life's and relationships.Jan and Tyler have been together for four months now. And they're in loveBut one day Tyler disappears without a trace. Neither of them has any family left, and Jan's questions are left with unanswered.Four days after Tyler's disappearance Jan is approach [...]

    3. Calling this story a retelling of Tam Lin doesn’t do it justice. Gilman has taken the bones of that fairy tale and reassembled it entirely, restrung with strength and ferocity and drive outside that pale relationship between a woman and her lost lover. Jan’s journey starts to find Tyler, but ultimately she finds so much more. Another world, a war, and a strength and bravery she never realized existed.Much like Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime series, HEART OF BRIAR uses past fairy tales as a [...]

    4. I couldn't put this down, and I wish I had a copy of the sequel on it so I could start it immediately. If you like Patricia Briggs, you'll like this novel.

    5. It started a little slow, not boring but just in having to provide a lot of information up front and couple of mini kind-of info-dumps. They weren't bad at all, but it was that new book thing where I was wondering where it was going. But then I saw where it was going around page 75 and really liked the premise and got excited about it, and I was certainly always entertained and curious even from the beginning, Gilman always tells an engaging story. My only complaint was that I was a little confu [...]

    6. A pleasant supernatural fantasy tale, probably suitable for most younger people. The main characters were engaging, the plot interesting and the writing was easy to read.It didn't blow me away though for a few reasons. The first is the 394 pages it took to tell the story; for a significant portion of those 394 pages nothing much happens. There are not that many characters to introduced and the ones that described are are subject to a LOT of repetition in their renditions. While interesting event [...]

    7. Having read teasers for this on the author's website, I was keen to read this, as it's a Tam Lin story and that's a theme I love. I was fortunate enough to be sent an ARC, and the book did not disappoint. This is Tam Lin territory -- stolen lover, determined female hero and otherworldly creatures, but Laura Anne Gilman has found a fresh approach to the story. There are touches here remininiscent of her Cosa Nostradamus books (one of my favourite series): non-human creatures -- the unseelie-like [...]

    8. Calling this story a retelling of Tam Lin doesn't do it justice. Gilman has taken the bones of the story and reassembled it entirely, restrung it with strength and ferocity and drive outside that pale relationship between a woman and her lost lover. Janny's journey starts to find Tyler, but ultimately she finds so much more. Another world, a war, and a strength and bravery she never realized existed. This story starts with Tam Lin but rockets forward into so much more.Much like Jasper Fforde's N [...]

    9. When I heard that this novel featured a woman named Jan whose boyfriend had been stolen away by elves, my brain pinged immediately with “Tam Lin”. Which, for those who don’t know, is essentially a Scottish story about a woman named Janet who tries to get her lover back from the Queen of Elfland. Not all that much happens, though Janet could be considered an early ‘strong’ heroine who’s willing to go through an awful lot to get Tam back (including hanging physically onto him no matter [...]

    10. One of the classic tales, of a lover seduced away by the elves, and the brave soul who tries to rescue their love. This one is dark in the best kind of way, with cold, heartless, manipulative elves.For a few days, Jan thought her boyfriend Tyler was just out of touch--and then that he was missing, and was frustrated that she couldn't file a missing person report.And then two strange men--that one closer look aren't really human--tell her that he's been taken by elves. And his only hope is if she [...]

    11. Heart of Briar by Laura Anne Gilman is an excellent read! I love the way she plays with well known supernatural races and makes them all her own. She offers her readers an exciting new look at the world and gives her characters an adventure into the unknown.Her main character, Jan, is not someone you would normally cast as the savior of the world. She is a computer geek with an inhaler who just happens to have a boyfriend who went missing. Everyone thinks he just up and left on his own but her T [...]

    12. A good story with an eye toward creating a believable, modern world of fantasy. The lead character grows from a shy, self-conscious girl to a strong, fierce woman. One fact that makes this journey so true, in the middle of a fantasy tale, is that she doesn't go from computer programmer to ninja. Another little detail is that in this age of super-hacking she doesn't try some crazy method of tracing someone's account or online activities.Regardless of the main character's lack of skills, this book [...]

    13. I love Laura Anne Gilman's novels, so when I saw this one at Netgalley, I requested it on the spot. After reading it, I am glad I did. Mostly. I had one big issue with it.This is the first book in the Portals duology, which isn't set in the Cosa Nostradamus world. No, this is a world filled with tension between the non-native Preternaturals and the native Supernaturals. I really liked that the Preters and the Supers behaved very differently. The Preters were cold, and only acted for the benefit [...]

    14. I really wanted to like this book, it is filled with things I love. A strong, smart heroine. Supernatural sidekicks. Adventure, and a love story. Even though all of the elements were there I just couldn’t connect with the book. I did like the flashbacks to Jan and Tyler’s relationship so we can see why she fights for him and why he can’t truly forget her. I also liked when we got to see what Tyler was up to. However, there was action but I never felt a true sense of danger or urgency. Ther [...]

    15. "He has been taken. And you are his only chance."That wasn't something Jan expected to hear--especially from strangers who'd just rescued her from some mysterious and ferocious creatures. And she really hadn't expected her rescuers to be shape-shifters.Now it turns out her boyfriend, Tyler, hasn't gone missing, he's been stolen--and Jan's the only one who might be able to get him back.From Elfland.Yeah, Jan's pretty sure the entire world's gone crazy. Even if the shifters claim that the naturals [...]

    16. Heart of Briar is an engaging, fantasy read that works to turn a number of fantasy tropes and legends on their heads. There are elements from traditional tales like Tam Lin to ideas that would be more at home in a modern paranormal romance, mixed together and subverted. I really enjoyed those sections of the novel, and look forward to reading more about them in following volumes. I must say the only part of the book I had trouble with was the main characters themselves. I often felt that there w [...]

    17. Absolutely fantastic! A different spin on urban fantasy than I've seen from Gilman or others before. The strong female protagonist, the supernatural characters, the romance - it all blends in a creative way that keeps you turning pages until there the very end. The mystery and suspense are nicely leavened with snarky jokes and pop culture references. Always remember to look closely and deeply into ones eyes - after all, how else can you know if you can trust them or they will just glamour you? S [...]

    18. Suspense, fascinating characters, imaginative world, and wit. Highly recommended.I couldn't put it down. The protagonist, Jan, wakes up to a problem, and the danger just keeps ratcheting up. Jan is smart and stubborn—and asthmatic. I loved her heading into danger, patting her pocket to make sure that she had her inhaler.Like Gilman's Retrievers series, she adds supernatural beings to this world and makes them both plausible, and alien. Jan struggles to believe they're real, then to figure out [...]

    19. Let me start off by saying I'm a big fan of Laura Anne Gilman's work. They're well written,complex and for the most part very interesting, but this novel I kept putting down and it took me several months to finish. Usually her books are all nighters and I finish them in one sitting. I never felt a serious connection between Tyler and Jan. I admit, I didn't care if she rescued him from the Preters or not. Her connection to Martin was far more interesting. Of course I'll have to read the next in t [...]

    20. Have enjoyed all of Laura Anne Gilman's books but this one took a while for me to get invested in. I originally told myself I wouldn't read beyond this first in the Portals series but by the end I realized I'd have to read the second one to see what happens. In this book Jan's boyfriend Tyler has been taken by elves. She has been approached by what she comes to know are supernatural beings co-existing in the world and they are convinced that Jan is the only one who can get Tyler back and discove [...]

    21. Enjoyed reading this book. It's a classic story but retold and given new life. I am intrigue enough to continue to book two. Jan loves her boyfriend. One day he goes missing and she is sure that something is wrong. The further she looks into it the more disappointed she is, but to her surprise she is approached by some strange people. These people or creatures have told her the preters (or elves to the humans) have taken her boyfriend and she is his only hope. Now she embarks on this adventure t [...]

    22. Didn't realize this is the first in a series, absolute cliff hanger ending. I had a difficult time being attached to the characters. Because the world build is so sideways from typical mythology, there ended up being a lot of lecture feeling *and* some "well, we just can't say" which got on my nerves. I'm curious to see where the author takes this premise but I don't know that it's going to hit the top of my TBR pile. I'm still grumpy about the cliffhanger that feels like the narrative just chop [...]

    23. Ok, I will be honest. I skimmed this book. I was not interested enough to read through it. It wasn't bad, more a matter of not matching my taste. I was not that in to it after a few chapters and decided to whip through it and move on to books that were more my taste.It is more a style issue I'd say. So, rather than pick apart a different style I will save my breath for something I can sink my teeth and mind into.

    24. "You can always count on gifted Gilman to deliver richly layered fantasy filled with winning characters and well-defined worlds, and she doesn't disappoint with Heart of Briar. This terrific series starter explores the dangerous effects of alien incursions into our world - when the aliens are preternatural elves!" RT Book Rveiews, rated 4 stras

    25. I started this book assuming I would kind of know how the story went. We all know the basic premise, right? I was so wrong. Well, yes, the very basic premise but LAG did such great things with it! Took the whole idea in a new direction. Now all I want to know is when does the next one come out?!?

    26. It's an interesting urban fantasy take on Tam Lin but for some reason I was not riveted to it like I was to her other series. That is not to say that I won't seek out the remainder of the story. I do want to know where it goes next.

    27. for some strange reason, i thought this was a one-off, i was wrong. and i'm glad! i LOVE Laura Anne Gilman and i'm so happy to find another one of her series. and i found out she also writes under a different name-a mystery series or something, need to find that!!

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