Alysha Gale’s cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family’s Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies’ sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family…
[Originally posted on Amazon 11/18/11]
I really liked The Enchantment Emporium a lot. The Gale Aunties are a unique contribution to the urban fantasy genre. They’re funny, powerful, meddling, and pretty scary when you pause to think about it. I love that Huff just presents them as they are, without making moral judgments about what they do or how they do it.
The Enchantment Emporium was a difficult book to get started because Huff just tosses you into the deep end and you have to do a lot of treading water to get caught up and understand her world building and what’s going on. The advantage of reading the sequel is that you already did the hard work with the first book and know what you need to know, so can strap in for the ride right from the start.
In The Wild Ways the main character is Charlie, who was a secondary character in the first book. I actually think she’s a more interesting character and that probably has quite a bit to do with why I liked this one even better than the first book.
The Wild Ways is fast-paced, and I tore through it in no time. There are a lot of things going on in the book, yet it never drags or seems like there’s any extra fluff. All of the mythical creatures are interesting and fit nicely into the plot, and I really enjoyed how traditional music was also woven into the story. It was great to finally understand more about what Charlie being Wild really means, and of course there was plenty of Huff’s trademark humor to keep me laughing out loud as I read.
The Wild Ways can be read as a stand alone novel, especially considering that The Enchantment Emporium was pretty confusing at its start and I enjoyed reading it anyway. But I still recommend reading them in order to get the most out of the experience and avoid unneeded confusion.
Basically, I can’t find anything negative to say about The Wild Ways, nothing that I felt was a weakness, thus the five star rating.