This inventive series combines sly humor, creative twists on elements of fantasy and plenty of earthy allusions. The wide variety of beings which interact, both on a intimate basis and on a more global scale, give rise to both humorous and thought-provoking situations and reading one of these stories always makes me think of trying to keep track of all of the action in a three-ring circus. I think it would be a little difficult to read this as a stand-alone, because I was having trouble keeping up with the interconnections even though I have read all three books in the series. There are great visuals conjured up by the quirky situations engendered by a dragon who is torn by his chronological youth yet lofty expectations, a woman who can sing her way into and out of a complex number of sticky situations, a protective mom who considers an entire city her charge, and a wickedly funny spin on the importance of sports to both the Middle and UnderRealms. This is another very entertaining fantasy story, but be forewarned, it is a story that probably will require several readings to appreciate all of the nuances, but that is par for the course with this talented author.
“The Future Falls” by Tanya Huff is part of the fantasy series started with “The Enchantment Emporium” and continued in “The Wild Ways”. A horrific discovery of the catastrophic impact of an approaching asteroid forces the Gale family to face some unpalatable truths which may result in an irreparable schism that will unbalance the fragile accord that governs the interactions both within the family and between all of those around them. Charlotte (Charlie) is faced with painful decisions that will bring her complicated relationships to a head, with results that may not be acceptable to anyone. But what will it matter, if the world they know it is going to end anyway?
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.