by Sharon Lee
Cover Artist: Eric L. Williams
Review by Gayle Surrette
Baen Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476736235
Date: 04 February 2014 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Carousel Sun takes places not long after the end of Carousel Tides. Kate Archer needs to replace one of the carousel animals and she doesn't have the time or the money right now to get one that fits, so she ends up going to a place where she's been warned not to go. The owner would like nothing more than to put one over on an Archer and, unfortunately, Kate makes a deal that she just might regret sooner than she thinks. But when your caught between a rock and a hard spot there's not too many options, and she needs the carousel to be complete for the season opening.
If you've read the first book in the series, you'll remember enough to flow into this continuation of the story. If you haven't read the first book yet, pick it up and read it before starting this one -- you really need the background to fully enjoy what's going on in the background. There is enough info to get going if you don't want to read Carousel Tides first but the experience will be richer if you do.
I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that Kate is far more comfortable in her skin and in Archers Beach, Maine, than she was when she first arrived. She's made peace with herself and her role as a guardian. It's not what she would have asked for, but she's beginning to feel that she can do the job. That's not to say that she doesn't feel highly unqualified at times, and she's resisting the way the rest of the year-round residents seem to want her input into all things Archers Beach -- even those that aren't aware of the magical-ish nature of a lot of what goes on in the town.
There are a few new characters this time around. Each of them brings a bit of magic of their own to the beach and its mundane and fantastical nature, even though they are not aware of their impact on the fantastical layers of the beach area. This adds some extra spice and interest to the town and the storyline.
Again there is a mystery to be solved and the result opens up some serious questions in Kate's mind about what her role is really about. Just who makes the rules? Why do they follow them? And, more important to Kate is the fact that these rules and regulations don't seem to actually be justice but pettiness. Maybe these issues will work out in future books. More stories can only add to the joy of reading another Archers Beach adventure with Kate Archer. I'm really looking forward to the next one.