"good to see you made it," he says, resting his hand on the flaming napkin. The paper smokes between his fingers, then goes out. "still got your fatally self-destructive friend in tow? How did the jump-door agree with him?" I shrug and climb onto a stool beside him. "not well, but he made it."
The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession—and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.
Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart
The Native Star is an action packed magical ride of blood, deception and a little romance. I found myself hesitant to start this book and admittedly it took me a great deal of time (2 weeks or so) to finish it. Not that it was not good, but because it could be awefully slow at time. Hobson weaves a n interesting magical world with quite a few different types of Warlocks and Witches.
Emily is a witch, in the most base sense of the term. She uses that which the earth gives her to do her spells and is currently being run out of business by the new, flashy, factory made spells of modern technology. She makes a grave mistake that starts the book into motion and really kick-starts the story into high gear. Her character was brave, sweet and well. Proper, with the right mix of stubbornness . I liked her character and I felt that she grew up a bit throughout the book.
The other main character, Dreadnaught Stanton was just as interesting as Emily, he is a warlock, a credomancer. He is brash, arrogant and completely insufferable and I loved him for it. Why? Because he also grew during the book and the little sweet moments he has were precious and quick and really charming.
The action and magic in The Native Star were a bit lacking, yes there was quite a bit of running around and whatnot but II just felt it could have been fleshed out better. Hopefully in the next book (The Hidden Goddess) the magic and action can be a bit more prevalent. The romance could have been a bit more involved as well but, I like how it ended, and it was very sweet and did do it s job to make you really want to read the next book. I will warn you though, there are some harsh words in the book (mostly towards women) and some unsavory things thought of women but they do not take anything away form the fairly good story!
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Emily was suddenly acutely aware of how ridiculous she looked. Pap's old denim pants peeked from beneath the hem of her skirt, her buffalo coat was matted and ripe from the soaking it had received two days before, and her white kid gloves had come to resemble the skin of a month-old corpse. Blushing, she thrust her hands deep into her pockets, trying to ignore the people in the lobby who where doing their best to stare without staring.