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Book Reviews: After The Golden Age + Steel

After The Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

Celia West is the daughter of famous superheroes Captain Olympus and Spark. But her parentage has brought her only pain and ignominy. She has no superpowers and her cold distant father views her as an annoying embarrassment and her spineless mother stands idly by.

As a deeply unhappy teenager Celia rebelled against her parents in the worst way possible. Now as an adult she tries to reconnect with them as their arch nemesis goes on trial. But the trial brings old ghosts and old hurts to the surface. Celia is about to uncover a major secret and finally emerge from her parents shadow. This is good, a nice superhero homage like ‘Soon I Will Be Invincible’.

Steel by Carrie Vaughn

This is a tale of magic and pirates. Jill a competitive fencer loses her latest bout and is despondent. Whilst on a family vacation to the Bahamas, she finds a piece of a broken sword on the beach. It somehow transports her back through time and she finds herself on a pirate ship in the 1700s. Jill has to scrub the deck and deal with blood, battles, brine, barnacles and a villainous pirate captain. This is an okay read.
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