A Tale Worth Reading
Book Title: A Longer Fall
Book Description: “NUMBER ONE 'NEW YORK TIMES' BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLAINE HARRIS RETURNS WITH THE SECOND OF THE GUNNIE ROSE SERIES, IN WHICH LIZBETH IS HIRED ONTO A NEW CREW, TRANSPORTING A CRATE INTO DIXIE, THE SELF-EXILED SOUTHEAST TERRITORY OF THE FORMER UNITED STATES. WHAT THE CRATE CONTAINS IS SOMETHING SO POWERFUL, THAT FORCES FROM ACROSS THE THREE TERRITORIES WANT TO POSSESS IT. In this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what's inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time. Number one 'New York Times' best-selling author Charlaine Harries (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight Texas Trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.”
Book Author: Charlaine Harris
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher - Orgnization: Simon & Schuster
Date published: 2020-01-14
Number Of Pages: 304
Writing - 8/10
Development - 8/10
Overall - 8/10
User Review( votes)
Charlaine Harris’ Gunnie Rose series just released its second novel, A Longer Fall. In an alternate history world, this gunslinger is quite talented at getting herself into the most dangerous situations.
A Tale Worth Reading in A Longer Fall
A Longer Fall is the second novel in Charlaine Harris’ Gunnie Rose series, and it carries just as much impact as the first. Gunnie Rose is an alternate history, set during the Great Depression—but with several key changes. Most notable: the inclusion of magic.
Picture a classic western, full of gunslingers and the like, and then throw in a dash of Russian influence and magic, and you’ve got a decent idea of the setting for this story. It’s unique and fun, while also being free to show the darker sides of humanity.
Lizbeth Rose is a Gunnie—that is her way of life, and she’s damn good at it. After losing her entire crew in the first novel, she’s taken up with a new team. Only, luck is not in their favor, and it doesn’t take long before Rose is pulled into a whole new set of adventures and danger.
Charlaine Harris has done it again. A Longer Fall is dark, charismatic, and memorable. While in many ways this novel reads differently from the first (An Easy Death), many of the important elements were carried over. Including the main character herself, Gunnie Rose.
Rose is one of those characters who is truly kind-hearted, despite any assumptions that might be made based on her career. Yes, she can and does kill people. But never without reason. She’s also the sort of person really talented at getting herself into trouble. Granted, Eli tends to bring her most of that trouble.
The world of Gunnie Rose is a unique blend of Western and fantasy, but it works really well here. Actually, I’m quite in love with this world, as dangerous as it may be. I’ll be sad when the series comes to an end, as I want to see so much more of it.
But speaking of this world, we were granted the opportunity to see a different city in A Longer Fall. This is a town completely unlike the others we’ve seen so far. It opened the door for some interesting discussions (see below) and also reminded us of just how massive this world really is.
A Longer Fall was a fast-paced read, taking little to no time to throw us into the thick of things. It certainly seems like any crew that Rose signs up for is cursed. We’ll have to see if that pattern holds true for the third book.
This plot seems to carry less tension that the first novel, focusing heavily on character development and interaction. That isn’t a bad thing, but I do feel like it is still something worth saying. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of action and gunfights.
Take a moment to think about the setting and location of Gunnie Rose. There are several elephants in the room here, and Harris really went above and beyond in addressing them in this story. Sexism and racism are major focal points for the main plot, though sometimes they’re subtlely woven in.
Character development was a major focus as well, in this novel. That seemed to come to a head later in the novel, and the ending is more than enough to leave fans eager for news on the next book. At least, that’s certainly the case for me.
A Longer Fall was a fun read, giving us a chance to revisit characters we’ve come to know and love. It wasn’t afraid to show the darker sides of humanity, but those scenes were almost always balanced out with something brighter. It made for an intense but compelling read, from start to finish.
I’m honestly really looking forward to the third (and likely final) novel in this series. Unfortunately, since A Longer Fall just came out, we’re going to be in for a bit of a wait. But I have no doubt that it will be worth it!
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