When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they're wielding a guitar and a dragon.
The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine's dire prediction, Charlotte "Charlie" Gale turns to the family for help.
But Allie is unavailable because the universe seems determined to have her produce the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son of a Gale. And the Aunties can't help because they're tied to the earth – although they are happy to provide their delicious, trademark pies. And in the end, all Charlie has is a guitar...
...and Jack. The Dragon Prince, and a Sorcerer.
But Charlie might like Jack just a little too much, and Jack might like Charlie a little too much in return. Actually, between Allie's hormones, the Aunties trying to force her and Jack into ritual, the Courts having way too much fun at the end of days, and Jack's sudden desire to sacrifice himself for the good of the many, Charlie's fairly certain that the asteroid is the least of her problems.
The Gales are going to need more than pie to save the world from an incoming asteroid. But together there isn't anything they can't deal with – except possibly each other.
Continuing the adventures of the powerful ladies of the Gale family, the third Enchantment Emporium contemporary fantasy (after 2011's The Wild Ways) focuses on the Wild Power, Charlotte Marie Gale. Charlie hears the music of the world, and a series of magical coincidences puts her in the path of Gary Ehrlich, a bouzouki player who just happens to know the secret of the apocalypse. The immensely powerful women who propel this story could easily be overwhelming and even melodramatic in their casual exercise of immense magic, but the cosmic scale of their dilemma and each character's unusual individual abilities make this a step into a new world only gently framed by our own, rather than a painful stretching of the familiar. With geeky in-jokes, dynamic leads, convincing romantic complications, and a threat that is both unusual and wonderfully convincing, this is an enchanting example of contemporary urban fantasy.
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The Future Falls
Charlie Gale and her assorted cousins, aunties, and family members are as entertaining and fascinating as ever. This new story delves deeply into Charlie and her Wild Ways, how she must put her wants and needs aside to once again save the world again with Jack's help and coming to terms with their age difference and how they feel about each other. Tanya Huff spins an excellent adventure that sings the promise of conflicted emotions, family meddling and of course, pie.