The Watchtower

The Watchtower What secrets are hidden in her past Jewelry designer Garet James is still coming to terms with the astounding revelation in BLACK SWAN RISING that she is the last in a long line of women sworn to prot

  • Title: The Watchtower
  • Author: LeeCarroll Carol Goodman
  • ISBN: 9780765325983
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • What secrets are hidden in her past Jewelry designer Garet James is still coming to terms with the astounding revelation in BLACK SWAN RISING that she is the last in a long line of women sworn to protect the world from evil Now she has received a sign from Will Hughes, the 400 year old vampire who once helped her defeat the evil threatening to destroy New YWhat secrets are hidden in her past Jewelry designer Garet James is still coming to terms with the astounding revelation in BLACK SWAN RISING that she is the last in a long line of women sworn to protect the world from evil Now she has received a sign from Will Hughes, the 400 year old vampire who once helped her defeat the evil threatening to destroy New York City Hughes, tortured by his own violent history which is vividly reenacted here, has asked her to join him on a quest to rid himself of his curse of vampirism While looking for Will in Paris, Garet encounters a number of mysterious figures an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the oldest tree in Paris, a gnome who lives under the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a librarian at the Institut Oceanographique, and a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens.Each encounter leads Garet closer to finding Will Hughes, but she realizes that she s not the only one who s trying to find the way to the magical world called the Summer Country As Garet struggles to understand her family legacy, each answer she finds only leads to questions and to danger.

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    LeeCarroll Carol Goodman

    There is than one author with this nameLee Carroll is a pseudonym for the collaboration between Hammet Award winning mystery novelist Carol Goodman and her poet and hedge fund manager husband, Lee Slonimsky Goodman and Slonimsky live in Great Neck, New York.

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    • Once again the collaboration between Carol and Lee creates a wonderful story.The Watchtower was a perfect blend of poetry, narrative, mystery and adventure. Garret and Will are wonderful characters and The Watchtower beautifully provides the reader with their background.Picking up right where Black Swan Rising left off, The Watch tower is another page turner and I cannot wait for the third installment. For those of you who have read the first installment, you will find the reappearance of some o [...]

    • At the end of the first book, Will Hughes, the vampire Garet James is in love with, ran away to France with the silver box in the hope of finding his way to the Summer Country of the Fey and a way of ending his vampire curse.This book starts with Garet in Paris, looking for signs from Will and her own passage into the Summer Country. After meetings with various strange and mythical beings Garet does indeed find her way to Will and the Summer Country only for the pair to find that they still have [...]

    • I picked up this book because it sounded interesting. To the contrary, I found the author's writing style jejune and the plot unnecessarily convoluted, muddled, and ludicrous. I would be unsurprised to find the author a nominee, or even a winner, of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for constructing atrocities such as the following:From chapter 2:"My assessment of your talents is as objective as Pythagoras' area of a triangle.""She was attired in a billowing floor length dress so modest it were [...]

    • Maria_Love_For_Books

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      Another good book by the collaboration between Carol Goodman and her husband Lee Slonimsky is “The Watchtower” the second book in the Black Swan Rising series. Although, I liked more the first one, I still think that this is a very good book.It’s a very different urban fantasy book with great plot with mystery and excellent characters, both the main and the secondary.The book is written with alternating chapters and we have the story of Garet who searches the path into the Summer Country A [...]

    • While I wouldn't class this as 'epic fantasy', it does share a characteristic of it: such importance is placed on introducing characters and creatures, there's little room for plot movement in only a few hundred pages. It seemed to me as if the authors didn't have much more to say than, "See how many creatures I know."What plot movement there was seemed little more than a scavenger hunt. A frustrating scavenger hunt. Creature A says, 'Creature B has what you want.' Creature B says 'Creature C ha [...]

    • This book was harder for me to loveI LIKED ita lotbut didn't feel th almost silly thrill that I got from the first.Mostly I think it was just to slow moving for me. 70% of the book isapterGaret hunting Willen chapter.Will hunting Marguerite and forth. There were cluesere were mysteriesd going through Will's journey (even though I had a hard time with the 17th century dialog!) was sad and wonderful to learn at the same timebut it was just slow!The book was amazingly brought together through the l [...]

    • i found it difficult to getinto this book, it wasn't the story so much but the way it was presented. we left our to main characters travelling on different paths and in this book we follow Garet in modern day france and will back in Shakesperean England. Each chapter changes character and i found that i was just gettin into that story when we changed chapters and changed stories. the book didn't flow! towards the end of the book the two stores started to collide and the the book flowed much bett [...]

    • Michelle Cummings

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      I didn't like this second book in the series quite as much as the first. The narrative kept switching back and forth from chapter to chapter between Garet's search for Will in Paris, and Will's life with Garet's ancestor Marguerite in 1602. The switching back and forth was a little tedious, but what I really didn't care for was Will's life. And it made me wonder why exactly Garet had fallen for him in the previous book. He's not a very likable character.I still really enjoyed the worldbuilding, [...]

    • Madelyn Waychoff

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      I was sorely disappointed with this book, I really enjoyed the first book in the series but this book was really tough to get through, I had to force myself to finish it. The characters have no substance, especially Will who comes off as a self-centered, arrogant, simpering fool, which I understand was the point in some sense. But there was absolutely nothing redeeming about him, nothing that made me want to find out his story, I was just bored. The setting was well done, and the parts with Gare [...]

    • Veci sa nasilu robiť proste nedajú Presne tak ako sa ani na silu nemajú písat knihy. Zo začiatku to bolo perfektne. Bavila som sa, bolo to zaujímave, plno nadprirodzených bytosti záhady, tajomstva, spomínaní aj Artuš :) Aj keď len asi dvoma vetami :D Akonáhle sa objavili spolu Will a Garet, šlo to z kopcaIskra žiadna, láska tiež žiadna, ženská hlúpa, on tiež. no škoda reči :DKeď sa niekomu nepáčila prvá časť, toto sa vám tiež nebude.

    • It took me forever to finish one. I found the parts of Will's backstory to be really boring, so that was one cause of struggle. The other was me being distracted by wedding stuff. :)I enjoyed the first book much more. As soon as a certainevent happened, I knew exactly what was going to happen, and that there'd most definitely be a third book. Which I'm just kinda eh about at this point.

    • After putting this book aside for so long I am so upset at the ending! I can't believe it ended like that with no mention of whether there is to be a third book in the series. An umimpressed reader, 3 stars just for the ending otherwise it would have been a 4 - ooops!

    • Christine Calabrese

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      As tedious as it was to plow through this book, the surprising ending made it well worth the effort.

    • Lucy Portsmouth

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      Not as good as the first book feels like the story is getting lost in itself somewhere and I become less and less keen on the main character.

    • Celkom zábavné čítanie. Dobrá zmeska čohokoľvek, na čo si človek spomenie a ten cliffhanger! :) Osud je občas sviňa.

    • Garet James is the last in a line of women "watchtowers" who protect humanity from evil--particularly the magic kind. In BLACK SWAN RISING she had to learn about her unknown powers and save New York City from destruction. She had the help of faries, goblins, as well as that of the rich and handsome vampire Will Hughes. But he has disappeared, leaving clues for Garet to follow.If you remember my review for BLACK SWAN RISING (I had a hard time with the love story between Garet and Will. It was sud [...]

    • Having read and enjoyed Black Swan Rising I blogged The Watchtower on my Wishlist. Sarah Broadhurst from Sarah’s Book Reviews sbroadhurstreviews/ offered me to read her copy. This is my guest post on her blog.Garet’s quest to find Will and find out more about herself starts in Paris. In Black Swan Rising Garet received what she thought was a sign which led her there. We are told again why she is waiting.Garet finds her artistic inspiration and uses Horatio Durant’s workshop and tools to cr [...]

    • Never judge a book by its cover, and this one definitely shouldn’t be. Nothing on the cover of The Watchtower indicates that it is any different than the slew of “skinny white chick in a prom gown” examples currently flooding the market. And I started reading, filled with severe misgivings that I’d just found yet another Fallen clone.Fortunately, the cover is misleading.First off, yes, some of the standard young adult paranormal tropes *are* present – the impossible romance between mor [...]

    • Fangs for the Fantasy

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      When we last left Garret and Will, Will had stolen the box in the hope of traveling to the summer country in order to become human again. In The Watchtower, Garret follows Will's trail, determined to join him on his journey. The Watchtower shifts POV between Garret and Will for a large part of the story and we see the romance between Will and Marguerite. It is essentially the story of Will's attempt to become human and Garret's bid to help him.Part of the problem with this story is that in Black [...]

    • (3.5 stars) This is the second book in the Black Swan Rising series. Garet has been waiting for a sign from Will Hughes to join him in his quest to get to the Summer Country in hopes of becoming mortal again. She has her doubts after he stole the box from her, but when she does get a signal from him, she is off to France to see if she can make her own way into the Summer Country. The story is told in parallel between Garet's journey and Will own past journey when he sought immortality to be with [...]

    • I just finished this book this morning on the bus, and I am still speechless about the ending, but I won't spoil it. The Watchtower continues the saga (and it feels like an old fashioned saga) of Garet, the New York jewelry designer, and her vampire, Will. Will has loved the women of Garet's family for generations, beginning with Marguerite, the eponymous Watchtower. She was immortal and fell in love with the mortal, Will. [After a short affair with "the poet," from Stratford-upon-Avon.] Their l [...]

    • An original and interesting take on the regular parnormal/urban fantasy with faeries being the predominent race, and faeries with a bit of a dark twist to them. However, it was rather let down by the prose. The authors are a husband/wife team, one of which is a poet. However, instead of being lyrical and evocative, the colourful language just feels clunky and unwieldly. And the characters - particularly young Will, with his lovelorn angsting, just made me want to kick him in the head and tell hi [...]

    • This sequel to Lee Carroll’s “Black Swan Rising,” follows New York City jewelery designer Garet James on her quest to find Will Hughes, her steamy vampire love interest. After defeating the evil John Dee in the first book, Hughes absconded with the powerful silver box in pursuit of humanity. Believing he has left behind clues to his whereabouts, Garet pursues him to Paris in hopes that she will find the entrance to the Summer Land. On her journey, she meets otherworldly character’s from [...]

    • The Watchtower is the 2nd book in the Black Swan Trilogy. It picks up where we left off, Garet has travlled to France to try to find Will who left her taking the silver box with him.Where as Black Swan Rising was more fast paced this book develops the story at a much slower pace and combines two parts. In alternating chapters we follow Gart on her seacrh for Will but we also learn Will Hughes's background and how he became to be a vampire. There is a twist whch brings the two stories together an [...]

    • The Watchtower was no where near as good as the original book in the series. It lacks the beautiful descriptions and whimsical feel of the first, but it is more than that. The characters don't progress much really, and this boils down to simply a fest quest. Half of the story is the main female character chasing down her love interest, the other half is the love interest living through his past. We run into squid lady, and the man encased in the tree roots, weird character after weird character, [...]

    • Brian Fitzpatrick

      (Feb 28, 2020 - 20:56 PM)

      I really enjoyed the Shakespeare-inspired world of faeries in Black Swan Rising when I read it a year ago. The characters, story, and world of jewelry artist Garet James as she discovers her family's history with the faerie court. When I learned it was the first in a series, I was excited to see what was coming next from writers Carol Goodman (Arcadia Falls, The Night Villa) and her husband – poet and hedge fund manager Lee Slonimsky. What I found with The Watchtower was an alternating series [...]

    • The Watchtower is the second book in the Black Swan Rising trilogy.Garet must travel to Paris and find the path to the Summer Country to find Will on his quest to cure himself of his vampirism. In alternating chapters we follow Gart on her seacrh for Will but we also learn Will Hughes's background and how he became to be a vampire.After meetings with various strange and mythical beings Garet does indeed find her way to Will and the Summer Country only for the pair to find that they still have to [...]

    • Well, I liked this book. But not as much as I wanted to, not as much as I expected to. I had devoured all of Carol Goodman's books, and maybe I wanted another of her mysteries too much to give this book its due. It was well done. I haven't read book one, didn't realize this was a second book in a series, but I didn't feel lost. I was drawn in right away, and I cared about the characters, but I just didn't love them. This story is told in alternating points of view--the heroine in first person an [...]

    • Overall, I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed The Watchtower. While it did have its problems, compared to about 90% of the other urban fantasy books populating the shelves, this one stands apart. The world and history is fascinating. The characters are believable and if the plot does lag and the writing between Garet and Will’s sections does seem rather unbalanced with quality, I’m sure readers following this series won’t mind. The story is solid, the plot is interesting and, ove [...]

    • As the second book of the black swan trilogy, I held high hopes for the storyline remaining in tact and being built upon more. What had happened was a sub standard storyline and two characters stories entwining to create the final mystery at the end of the novel. Unfortunately I could not get into this book following two stories and so started another book instead, coming back after I finished that book to find out the end of the story. It was confusing to jump without prior warning from one sto [...]

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