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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Future Falls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    If anyone has any kind of advance copy of this, I will read it and review for you. I will smile while doing it. #crossmyheart. #notabovebribery

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sidsel Pedersen

    It's about Canada, music, magic and an extinction event... now that's not your typical urban fantasy A few quotes to illustrate why this book is awesome: “And we're screwed either way. Twenty-one months, big hunk of rock, bam, extinction event.” “Bam?” “Scientifically speaking.” LOL "Life isn’t a Michael Bay movie.” “Usually, that’s a good thing.” This is one of my favourite urban fantasy series because of it’s themes of family and because of the fact that is just so darn well written. Huff has It's about Canada, music, magic and an extinction event... now that's not your typical urban fantasy A few quotes to illustrate why this book is awesome: “And we're screwed either way. Twenty-one months, big hunk of rock, bam, extinction event.” “Bam?” “Scientifically speaking.” LOL "Life isn’t a Michael Bay movie.” “Usually, that’s a good thing.” This is one of my favourite urban fantasy series because of it’s themes of family and because of the fact that is just so darn well written. Huff has written some of the first urban fantasy books that is clearly recognizable as such, the Vicki Nelson books. This last installment of is really wonderful. It is rare that I rate books 5 stars but this is one of those. This is something as rare in urban fantasy as a family saga. And it has awesome music, a dragon, family, friends and did I mention a extermination event. And we find out that life isn’t a Michael Bay movie – normally that is a good thing, but what do you do when a giant rock is bound to hit earth pretty darn soon? Did I mention dragon? Ok I did, now why are you not reading it? I read it pretty much in one sitting – I was unable to put it down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I had an extremely difficult time rating The Future Falls. As painfully as I got wrapped up in the Jack/Charlie angst, I still loved probably the first 90% of the book. That's a lot of book to love. But I'm also susceptible to the ending ruining everything I previously loved when I'm that emotionally invested. I didn't mind the resolution to the story's antagonist, if you will. Sure, it was kind of an info dump at the last minute, but that wasn't what the book was about anyway. It was Charlie I had an extremely difficult time rating The Future Falls. As painfully as I got wrapped up in the Jack/Charlie angst, I still loved probably the first 90% of the book. That's a lot of book to love. But I'm also susceptible to the ending ruining everything I previously loved when I'm that emotionally invested. I didn't mind the resolution to the story's antagonist, if you will. Sure, it was kind of an info dump at the last minute, but that wasn't what the book was about anyway. It was Charlie & Jack's story (and, no, the star-crossed love thing didn't squick me out. It's already been established in the previous books that SPOILERS SPOILERS the Gales are only partially human and Jack's barely human at all. So, different rules END SPOILERS). Anyway, being Charlie and Jack's story, I expected some sort of resolution and basically got a Sopranos series finale. I waded through too much heartache and angst to not get a payoff, especially since, this being the last book of the trilogy, we won't see them again. Whiny of me? Probably. But I realized that's how I felt when it came time to write this review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katyana

    It took me a long time to pick this book up off my shelf, because I suspected I wouldn't like it. And I loved the first book in this series so much, I just really didn't want to read a book I wouldn't like. Well, I was correct... I didn't like it. Because, frankly, I seriously dislike Charlie (the heroine). A flaw throughout the series is the lack of actual world-building when it came to magic. I didn't understand what they could do, what they couldn't do, what the limits were... of both Gales and It took me a long time to pick this book up off my shelf, because I suspected I wouldn't like it. And I loved the first book in this series so much, I just really didn't want to read a book I wouldn't like. Well, I was correct... I didn't like it. Because, frankly, I seriously dislike Charlie (the heroine). A flaw throughout the series is the lack of actual world-building when it came to magic. I didn't understand what they could do, what they couldn't do, what the limits were... of both Gales and Wild powers. The only thing I was sure of was that being a Wild power was pretty equivalent to being a selfish, narcissistic asshole. That was underscored in this book. Charlie is condescending, selfish, shitty, entitled, and is constantly throwing this whole "I'm Wild, deal with it" shit in everyone's face. She is exactly like Catherine: they treat everyone in the world - including people they claim to love - as if they are pawns on their own personal chessboard. And they feel like everyone should just suck it up because they claim to be doing it to save the world. Okay asshole. But in book 1, NO ONE KNOWS whether Allie and David would have chosen to do this stuff (rather than being manipulated into it) if someone had just explained what was going on. Why couldn't you begin by talking to them like adults and letting them choose? Further, no one knows whether they could have found a solution of their own, that didn't require the sacrifices they were forced to make by asshole Wild members of the family, who demand that everyone accept their shitty behavior because "I'm Wild, deal with it." That's all equally true for book 2. In fact, book 2 underscores how fallible the Wild powers actually are, because Catherine was again engaged in dramatic manipulation... which proved to be utterly unnecessary, as Jack found a different solution. You'd think that would give these Wild assholes pause, make them actually reassess their narcissistic view of the world ... their constant bullshit "only I can handle this situation, and so you all have to suck up my shitty actions and ask me no questions, because I'm Wild, deal with it!" But no. This book is entirely full of that same thing. Charlie, the amazingly undefined Wild power, who decides that no one gets to know what she knows, that she's just going to make all the decisions and force everyone into all the slots she lays out for them... and with some really bizarre hand-waving (view spoiler)[Jack just sort of handles everything himself, in some spectacular anticlimactic deus ex machina (hide spoiler)] - everything sort of works out. Frankly, I hope that Allie and Graham (view spoiler)[- their future selves - literally kill Charlie when they find out she took their 15 year old away, with no notice, no chance to say goodbye, no input from them. It is stunning, and unforgivably high-handed. I hope they call a full circle and turn her into a pile of ash. The fact that she could be so selfish - "I have to do anything I can to save Jack... so I am going to take this CHILD (a fucking 15 year old!) and sacrifice him, taking him away from his parents - the only people in the world who give a shit about me - without a single word of explanation or anything" - made me absolutely sick. And it made me utterly despise Charlie. (hide spoiler)] It's too bad, because I really love the first book in this series, and I would have loved to flesh out more of the actual structure of magic in this world. And it's also too bad, because generally I love Tanya Huff... but this book feels so far beneath her that it is stunning to me. **1.5**

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Another fantastic Gale Girls/ Enchantment Emporium novel. Like most of Tanya Huffs books, I found it impossible to put down, being held back only by the need to go to work. The characters are as always charming and quirky, and the plot moves at a rapid pace. I rather like the mix of fantasy creatures that show up, and the storyline offers a great save the world experience. If you like elves, dragons, brownies, leprechauns, asteroids, or just plain good writing, this book is for you. Looking Another fantastic Gale Girls/ Enchantment Emporium novel. Like most of Tanya Huffs books, I found it impossible to put down, being held back only by the need to go to work. The characters are as always charming and quirky, and the plot moves at a rapid pace. I rather like the mix of fantasy creatures that show up, and the storyline offers a great save the world experience. If you like elves, dragons, brownies, leprechauns, asteroids, or just plain good writing, this book is for you. Looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next, although it's going to be hard to top this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Rittschof

    I really liked this book so much that I dived deep into the day after I got it and then spent three hours on Saturday to finish it. Got it on Thursday. I love the characters and it just makes you jump in and forget about the world outside while you are reading it. It was all about Charlie and Jack this time and I liked the element of attraction, caring between the characters and whether they get together or not. The best part, the author, Tanya Huff, does not break the rules of her earlier books I really liked this book so much that I dived deep into the day after I got it and then spent three hours on Saturday to finish it. Got it on Thursday. I love the characters and it just makes you jump in and forget about the world outside while you are reading it. It was all about Charlie and Jack this time and I liked the element of attraction, caring between the characters and whether they get together or not. The best part, the author, Tanya Huff, does not break the rules of her earlier books to shove them together and I like that. My only comment otherwise, is that I wish there had been more on the solution to the danger, it all wraps up very quickly at the end. It's not that the characters don't have to fight for it but still seemed very quick. Still, I loved the book and if this is the end to the series, it was a good wrap up. Of course, loving Huff's books, I'd love more of the world as always!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This is the third book in the Gale Women urban fantasy series and, like the previous two, is a fun and light read, though it didn't hold my interest quite as well. The dialog is fun, as Huff's always is, with fast and clever wittiness. There was a little too much angst about the forbidden and frustrated romance between the thirty-year-old witch and the teenaged dragon-prince. I couldn't buy that an incestuous and poly-amorous band of witches would really be too hung up on the age rule. There was This is the third book in the Gale Women urban fantasy series and, like the previous two, is a fun and light read, though it didn't hold my interest quite as well. The dialog is fun, as Huff's always is, with fast and clever wittiness. There was a little too much angst about the forbidden and frustrated romance between the thirty-year-old witch and the teenaged dragon-prince. I couldn't buy that an incestuous and poly-amorous band of witches would really be too hung up on the age rule. There was a very interesting scientist character who worked at JPL whose character could have been developed a lot more fully with a lot less of the romance discussion because, as was proved in the previous volume, we know that all problems can be solved with time travel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lea Setegn

    I LOVE the Gale family and I LOVE Tanya Huff's urban fantasy. That said, there was something that didn't work for me with this novel. To be vague and spoiler-free, there was a lot of drawn-out angst with a resolution that was too quick after all the build up. And the ending especially didn't work for me from a character perspective. Plot-wise it was freaking brilliant. But it didn't serve the characters. I'm glad she writes trilogies (with the exception of the Vicky Nelson novels), because I I LOVE the Gale family and I LOVE Tanya Huff's urban fantasy. That said, there was something that didn't work for me with this novel. To be vague and spoiler-free, there was a lot of drawn-out angst with a resolution that was too quick after all the build up. And the ending especially didn't work for me from a character perspective. Plot-wise it was freaking brilliant. But it didn't serve the characters. I'm glad she writes trilogies (with the exception of the Vicky Nelson novels), because I think she's finished what she can do with the Gales. Which makes me just as sad as when I reached the end of the Blood series, the Keeper trilogy and the Smoke series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    With this one things got tough for the Gale family, but especially for Charlie and Jack. I felt for both of them, that due to the "family rules" they couldn't act on their attraction, but was also sort of glad as the ages of them sort of grossed me out. I loved all the people that were able to help explain things to Charlie, they were interesting characters! The solution that worked sort of made my head hurt. You had to really pay attention to who was doing what, when. That sounds easy, but not With this one things got tough for the Gale family, but especially for Charlie and Jack. I felt for both of them, that due to the "family rules" they couldn't act on their attraction, but was also sort of glad as the ages of them sort of grossed me out. I loved all the people that were able to help explain things to Charlie, they were interesting characters! The solution that worked sort of made my head hurt. You had to really pay attention to who was doing what, when. That sounds easy, but not really when you add in time travel, it got messy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved everything about this book. If I thought the first book was weird, this one took the weird up to 11, especially at the end. Loved it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shandare

    A nice ending to a series that has worked it’s rough edges away. Snark, dragons, pies, music and a solid HEA. What more could you want?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia McIvers

    It's the End of the World. With Teddy Bears. A huge rock is falling out of the sky. NASA can't fix it. The Gale girls, witches to the bone, can't fix it because it is Not Of This Earth. Charlie, musician-magician extraordinaire, can't fix it, because sound doesn't travel through space. The Gales got a heads-up, though, because they have a Seer in the family. Also, Crazy Dave talked about it on the internet. Well, there's a sure and certain omen. While Charlie the Bard is chasing down some music, It's the End of the World. With Teddy Bears. A huge rock is falling out of the sky. NASA can't fix it. The Gale girls, witches to the bone, can't fix it because it is Not Of This Earth. Charlie, musician-magician extraordinaire, can't fix it, because sound doesn't travel through space. The Gales got a heads-up, though, because they have a Seer in the family. Also, Crazy Dave talked about it on the internet. Well, there's a sure and certain omen. While Charlie the Bard is chasing down some music, she misses some other family news and rescues some Teddy Bears. Because I trust Tanya Huff not to put superfluous cutsey stuff in her books, I expect the Teddy Bears (or the Teddybears, the space is important) to show up in some significant way. Also because this is Tanya Huff and not some hack writer, they will show up in a totally unexpected way. (yup. they do.) In other news, Allie the Mom is preggers again. This is a fairly serious plot point, and also leads to a running gag about Seventh Sons. (Gag is the right word. Funny once, hair pulling bad the seventh time.) It also makes Charlie wonder where she is on the Maiden Mother Crone cycle, since an awful lot of Gale Girls don't stop off at Mother and flip straight from sort-of-Maiden to ... um, we don't use that word around the Gale Aunties. Well, they flip straight from First Circle to Third Circle without stopping off at Second. But Charlie is in love... Did anyone pick up on Charlie being in love with the significantly younger Jack the Dragon Prince/Sorcerer in previous books? I thought she just wanted to rescue him from the Aunties. And sure, Jack had a crush on her, but that's because she's awesome and older than him, which means un-attainable. Gale Girls never, ever, hook up with someone more than Seven years older or younger than them. It's too open to abuse, and while the Gales are happy to rearrange the rest of the world to suit themselves, they won't break this rule. Never. Older woman, younger man - but they're both Wild Powers, doesn't that change the dynamics? Not enough, it seems. Oh, the angst. OH THE ANGST. Not what I expected from Tanya Huff. Not at all. Fairies. We love to hate them, but will they help? Time Travel. Can you see the back of your own head? Some really excellent tricks, some tricks that I've seen before with Lessa in The Dragonflight by Anne McAffery... written in 1968. I guess everything old is new again. Then, Charlie saves the day. Jack helps. That seven son trick? Well, that went in unexpected directions. The Teddy Bears? That was hilarious. A very fun read, but not the magnificent conclusion to the fun Gale Girls series I had expected.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Li

    I finished this a while back, but hadn’t quite figured out how to talk about it. Partly because it’s one of her Gale Girls books, which is her kind-of-dubcon/incestuous-if-you-squint-at-it fantasy series, what with family and magic and interfering aunties pairing up cousins left, right, and centre. But also because… that ending. Right, I did like TFF – okay, I really liked it – but I suspect a lot of it was because I read it with my romance hat on and therefore totally wallowed in Charlie and I finished this a while back, but hadn’t quite figured out how to talk about it. Partly because it’s one of her Gale Girls books, which is her kind-of-dubcon/incestuous-if-you-squint-at-it fantasy series, what with family and magic and interfering aunties pairing up cousins left, right, and centre. But also because… that ending. Right, I did like TFF – okay, I really liked it – but I suspect a lot of it was because I read it with my romance hat on and therefore totally wallowed in Charlie and Jack’s star-crossed lovers situation all the way through. I didn’t completely get Charlie in the previous book, but was surprised with how much I bonded with her in this one. I loved the older woman-younger man dynamic as well (and Jack in his Dragon Prince guise was just plain adorable). But the ending – I had to read the final chapters several times because I had no idea what happened the first time round (was that just me?). However, the fact I took the trouble to re-read the ending should tell you how much I enjoyed the story. Because I really wanted to get it. And I did figure it out eventually… (view spoiler)[But the solution to getting Charlie and Jack together? Slightly cheating, IMO. (hide spoiler)] Now you see why I haven’t written about it before, right? A version originally published on my blog: https://bookdaze.wordpress.com/2014/1...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lila Allen

    Ah, well. Of course, the writing was superb. The slang, the subtle word play, the allusions to sex without the graphic detail, the melding of "real world" and Gale world - all classic Tanya Huff. But if you're like me, you read the Keeper Trilogy - and the final book was the jewel. So, I expected the same of Future Falls. I couldn't put the book down, naturally. And there were some elegant moves I did NOT see coming, but... some spoilerish *************** Oh, the angst! The torture! The emotional Ah, well. Of course, the writing was superb. The slang, the subtle word play, the allusions to sex without the graphic detail, the melding of "real world" and Gale world - all classic Tanya Huff. But if you're like me, you read the Keeper Trilogy - and the final book was the jewel. So, I expected the same of Future Falls. I couldn't put the book down, naturally. And there were some elegant moves I did NOT see coming, but... some spoilerish *************** Oh, the angst! The torture! The emotional trauma of it all. I don't imagine there was any other way to do it, considering the rules she had already created, but there was a bit more angst in this book than I was prepared for. Especially from Charlie. ************************************ end spoilerish So, if you're like me, you'll want to read the book. Heck, you probably already have. But you're not as admiring of the Gale world as you were when you finished the 1st & 2nd book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kari Chapman

    I was disappointed by this book. I typically like Tanya Huff's books - especially the more recent stuff. The first book in this series was great. It had a nice plot, some great humor and great characters. The second book was ok. It was nice to see more of Charlie and Jack, but they didn't make for the best main characters. This one just fell flat for me. The beginning was ok, though I thought Allie wasn't really acting the way I would have expected her from the earlier book. By the middle things I was disappointed by this book. I typically like Tanya Huff's books - especially the more recent stuff. The first book in this series was great. It had a nice plot, some great humor and great characters. The second book was ok. It was nice to see more of Charlie and Jack, but they didn't make for the best main characters. This one just fell flat for me. The beginning was ok, though I thought Allie wasn't really acting the way I would have expected her from the earlier book. By the middle things started to fall apart for me. I skimmed the end and found everything to be just too much - too silly, too random, and the solution to the problem just didn't work for me. The time travel thing was a great little touch at the end of book 2, but it was overused here. I think I'll settle into just pretending that book 1 was a stand-alone book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cupof Tea

    I was happy to find a 3rd instalment of the Gale Women series, which continues Charlie's struggle in a double life between the comforts of domesticity at home with Ally and the babies and her adventures as she travels through the Wood and grows ever more Wild and like her crazy Auntie Catherine, the Seer. Music is her magic, but can it save the family, or more importantly, the world from an apocalyptic event such as an asteroid strike? I loved Jack's POV the best in this book, a dragon prince I was happy to find a 3rd instalment of the Gale Women series, which continues Charlie's struggle in a double life between the comforts of domesticity at home with Ally and the babies and her adventures as she travels through the Wood and grows ever more Wild and like her crazy Auntie Catherine, the Seer. Music is her magic, but can it save the family, or more importantly, the world from an apocalyptic event such as an asteroid strike? I loved Jack's POV the best in this book, a dragon prince grown into a 17-year old Gale boy. There is a lot of angsty tension between Charlie and Jack that I rather enjoy in a story, despite the major age gap between them. The nice part about it was mainly that they resolve and deal by talking about things like mature adults. Very enjoyable, the plot was woven tightly together and the ending nice and neat the way I like it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cissa

    A solid ending to this series, which I have enjoyed. DO NOT start here! You really need to read the previous 2 first. While in general I find time travel to be rather deus ex machina- what CAN'T you solve thus???- Huff did a good job of balancing that with the plot, and for time travel, it was remarkably coherent. Also, I think the characters were on the whole richer and better realized than they were in the second book. The plot was an interesting meld of sf and fantasy, and the question of how A solid ending to this series, which I have enjoyed. DO NOT start here! You really need to read the previous 2 first. While in general I find time travel to be rather deus ex machina- what CAN'T you solve thus???- Huff did a good job of balancing that with the plot, and for time travel, it was remarkably coherent. Also, I think the characters were on the whole richer and better realized than they were in the second book. The plot was an interesting meld of sf and fantasy, and the question of how fantasy deals with real-world problems was a very interesting one! Recommended, but read the other 2 first!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Michael

    A good addition to the series with a few reservations. It answers some of the questions of where/how although that raised my eyebrows just a bit. The 'have to save the world from an extinction event/asteroid' was an interesting plot theme, but I found the journey to get there rather slow and convoluted and I found Charlie and Jack as family-banned lovers rather incomprehensible. Overall, my least favorite of the three books but not a waste of time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    So I liked the first two books. But this one got weird really fast, that I had to stop reading it. Basically, Charlie (30 year old female), is having feelings for a 17 year old male dragon prince, and vice versa. I stopped reading to see if they acted upon those feelings. I didn't need to read anything else, nor did I care. Why even develop a story line like this. What's the point. It's disgusting. I'm done with Tanya Huff.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Interesting, entertaining read. It's an "end of the world" fantasy that has the characters fight and struggle and think and worry, and then at the end when the disaster is about to hit, they go "Shazam!" (so to speak) and the disaster instantly goes away without any apparent effort. Sort of "oh, is that all?" It's a good read, but a little anticlimactic.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

    Another fantastic tale about the magical Gale family. The women (and their men) end up saving the world this time with the help of Faery and Dragons. Their mysterious group is very engaging, and you can believe that there really is magic in the world. Tanya Huff is an excellent author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Turner

    Enjoyed. It was nice to visit the Gale family again. Good solid writing. A fun afternoon read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alvin

    I really enjoy Tanya Huff's writing & this didn't disappoint -- quirky, funny, with lots of crazy stuff happening. Never a dull moment!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keri Kobussen

    Paper book review. This writing style can be hard to follow, so I would definitely recommend taking it slow. So much character development and plot progression is just hinted at, so I would advise against just flying through it. This author is definitely skilled at what she does! This story follows right where the second left off. This time, a giant rock is threatening to destroy the entire planet, and hearing the Aunties debate a solution is hilarious, but the more intriguing side of the story is Paper book review. This writing style can be hard to follow, so I would definitely recommend taking it slow. So much character development and plot progression is just hinted at, so I would advise against just flying through it. This author is definitely skilled at what she does! This story follows right where the second left off. This time, a giant rock is threatening to destroy the entire planet, and hearing the Aunties debate a solution is hilarious, but the more intriguing side of the story is still impossible love. Charlie and Jack are drawn to each other, but the age difference is too many years to be acceptable in the Gale family. Jack is only 17, but Charlie is now 30. The whole story, the two are trying to work together and be civil to save the planet from destruction, but they are fighting so hard against their natures, and the fact that getting together would be incredibly inappropriate on a moral level. Jack doesn't care, he's virtually immortal and will live an incredibly long time, but the Gale family has a 7 year rule, and Charlie would never let her feelings for Jack nullify the family order, no matter how Wild they both are. The whole time reading this, you're rooting for the two to find some way to be together, because they're both hurting so bad, but at the same time you're cringing because of the age difference. It's such a weird and conflicted way to read a story. In the end, everything comes together and works out exactly like it's supposed to, and everyone ends up happy. Please don't let this be the end of the series!! I would definitely recommend to anyone willing to slow down and enjoy a great witchy dragon story! Other cringy bits (SPOILERS from here): Apparently Ritual (that lovely time when everyone over age 15 just starts having sex with each other) has no rules regarding age, so the family (specifically the Aunties) were going to basically guilt Charlie and Jack into having sex for Ritual purposes to draw as much power from the earth, knowing FULL WELL that it would completely fuck up any sort of friendship the two had in real life, especially because they could never get together for real. What kinda twisted...?!? I was so incredibly angry at that demand from the Aunties. At least they insist that mothers and sons remain on opposite ends of the country lest the desires take over during Ritual, I mean, at LEAST there's a line where incest is concerned. Sort of. Another cringy bit is after the time warp, and Charlie brings their god back to the forest. Their god is essentially a 15-year-old descendant of the family, the 7th son of the 7th son of the 7th son of a Gale, Allie's son. But as soon as Charlie brings him to the forest, he becomes this hulked out glowing golden stag of a god, and Charlie almost jumps him right there! He's so powerful she can't help it! She's only saved by her 90+ year old Auntie Ruby who just died (apparently), but came back into the forest as her former self, a young beautiful woman. She takes the god off into the bushes and gets busy. Even though he's her 15-year-old great-nephew, or something gross like that! Like, what the actual fuck is going on?!? There are parts of this book and this world that make absolutely NO SENSE at all! It's creepy, but also really compelling, and I feel like I should not enjoy it as much as I do... But I really enjoy the fact that Charlie is able to travel through time, and somehow Jack spends 20 years in the Underworld learning how to use his sorcerer abilities, and comes out the other side with Charlie still 30 and Jack now 37. He's all muscly and huge and sexy, totally smug when flirting with Charlie, and I find it super charming and hot! No sex scenes for the two of them, but definitely hinted at. I'm also glad the time travel bit was easy to follow. Yay for happy coincidences that allow two characters in an impossible romance to get together!! I don't even really care how it happened. :P

  25. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Dhu

    Tanya Huff’s The Future Falls is the third book in her more-or-less urban fantasy series about the Gale family, whose women are strangely gifted and powerful and whose men - rare in a family of many sisters, aunties and nieces - are embodiment of the Horned God. As The Future Falls begins, one of the Gale clan’s senior auntie, Aunt Catherine, has a cautionary vision about a large rock falling, betokening danger for the family. At roughly the same time, an astronomer reports in secret committee Tanya Huff’s The Future Falls is the third book in her more-or-less urban fantasy series about the Gale family, whose women are strangely gifted and powerful and whose men - rare in a family of many sisters, aunties and nieces - are embodiment of the Horned God. As The Future Falls begins, one of the Gale clan’s senior auntie, Aunt Catherine, has a cautionary vision about a large rock falling, betokening danger for the family. At roughly the same time, an astronomer reports in secret committee the results of his calculations concerning eccentricities in the path of an asteroid scheduled to make a near miss pass of the earth. The math indicates the presence if a much larger asteroid, masked by the first, coming in behind it on a timetable that will make a direct, and catastrophic hit, in 22 months. Catherine Gale’s visions aren’t always literal, but this time, they’re exact, though of course, no one in the Gale family has any way of knowing that. At least, not until Wild talent Charlie - short for Charlotte - gets involved. While out Walking, following strands of music that draw her here and there, she meets a bouzouki player who she senses carries a deep, sad secret. An engineer by training, he’s quit everything to go touring with his wife, playing gigs and seeing the world. Charlie knows she hasn’t met Gary by chance, but she doesn’t know why. But then, at home in Calgary, she hears a news report about a homeless man, Doomsday Dan, who’s been insisting that the sky is falling and everyone is going to die. Then Aunt Catherine calls her, with a cryptic message - that the homeless man is right. With her cousin Jack, Wild himself, and half dragon, she tracks down Dan, and discovers that he’s a powerful telepath, driven mad by the endless voices in his head - but when he repeats what he heard about the sky falling, she connects it with her meeting with Gary, and tracks him down. Now she, and Jack, know what’s coming. The only question is, with all the powers they have between them, and the magic the Gales can summon, do they have enough to save the world? Huff outdoes herself in this one, and that’s saying something. In the course of unfolding a very complicated plan to save the world, Huff also gives us a serious love story, and answers most of the questions about the Gales that have been simmering in my mind since book one, such as where did the Gales come from, and why are there only two families of Gales, one in Ontario and one in Alberta. It looks as though this is the last of Huff’s Gale Women books, so I’m glad those nagging questions were answered. A good end to a fine story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sheilah

    This weekend was dedicated to finishing the final installment of the Enchantment Emporium series. I was excited to read the epic conclusion to a series full of magic and mystical creatures, which is what Huff writes best (in my humble opinion). This story continues the journey of Charlie, a wild power Gale woman. Except this time, Charlie has been tasked with saving the world from an incoming big bang chunk of rock. You witness her relationship with Jack the Dragon Prince and Allie the dragon This weekend was dedicated to finishing the final installment of the Enchantment Emporium series. I was excited to read the epic conclusion to a series full of magic and mystical creatures, which is what Huff writes best (in my humble opinion). This story continues the journey of Charlie, a wild power Gale woman. Except this time, Charlie has been tasked with saving the world from an incoming big bang chunk of rock. You witness her relationship with Jack the Dragon Prince and Allie the dragon slayer and family protector evolve as well. The best part was the more dominant presence of Auntie Catherine, who has gone rogue and helps Charlie from the shadows. I enjoyed the finale of this series with a few exceptions. First, the constant references to popular music was a bit overwhelming. I didn't know all the references and couldn't be bothered to research them. I think I would have preferred it if Charlie came up with her own melodies and lyrics. I think this issue will also date the books faster than had it been an original tune. Additionally, I found some of the dialogue to be confusing and lacking clarity. Sometimes there were innuendos that went over my head and sometimes, I felt that Huff knew what she meant, but she was not able to convey it to the reader. Lastly, I was seriously concerned about Charlie and Jack's growing feelings, so I had to look up age of consent in Canada to slightly alleviate my discomfort with where this story was headed. Overall, the story was compelling and exciting. It kept me engaged and I enjoyed how the series wrapped up, though I always have felt more could be done. There are many characters worth exploring in this world. Huff has a gift with magical systems and truly has a creative flare with the world building. I loved all her fantastical creatures like Joe, the Leprechaun who is a favorite. I recommend this series to lovers of fantasy and magical worlds that are hidden within the hum drum of every day life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Myridian

    I love Tanya Huff. Her sassy strong characters are the kinds of people I wish I knew. Heck, they’re the kind of people I wish I was. Whether they are making pie, crocheting, or saving the world they’re real, sometimes really annoying, and oh so much fun. I was slightly disappointed that Charlie was the focus of this novel. I loved her in the last book but I was ready to return to Allie or maybe move on to Charlie’s often referred to twin sisters who apparently travel to Paris to relieve their I love Tanya Huff. Her sassy strong characters are the kinds of people I wish I knew. Heck, they’re the kind of people I wish I was. Whether they are making pie, crocheting, or saving the world they’re real, sometimes really annoying, and oh so much fun. I was slightly disappointed that Charlie was the focus of this novel. I loved her in the last book but I was ready to return to Allie or maybe move on to Charlie’s often referred to twin sisters who apparently travel to Paris to relieve their boredom by hunting vampires in the catacombs. However, given the way the story developed, this book felt like it completed the arc of Charlie and Jack. Of course there was magic. It’s a credit to Huff that the magic felt amazing even after the amazing magic of the preceding two books. Of course it had as much to do with the felt emotions of the characters in the book as it did with the actual acts of magic. All told Ms. Huff, don’t change a thing. Just please write another book in this world someday.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Neill Smith

    As a large asteroid speeds towards earth, hiding behind a smaller les-consequential asteroid, Charlie flees Calgary away from Allie’s cloying mothering and in search of her beloved Red Dirt music in Oklahoma. Eventually she runs into people who know about the asteroid through friends connected to NASA or through supernormal powers and finds that NASA is not capable of stopping it but since she had raised a seabed off the coast of Nova Scotia she might be capable of discovering a way to stop it. As a large asteroid speeds towards earth, hiding behind a smaller les-consequential asteroid, Charlie flees Calgary away from Allie’s cloying mothering and in search of her beloved Red Dirt music in Oklahoma. Eventually she runs into people who know about the asteroid through friends connected to NASA or through supernormal powers and finds that NASA is not capable of stopping it but since she had raised a seabed off the coast of Nova Scotia she might be capable of discovering a way to stop it. As the asteroid moves closer Charlie needs to find a way to travel into the future to increase the family’s ability to use power and Jack must travel into the past to develop the skills to fight the asteroid and the family is using their abilities to thwart the power Charlie and Jack are trying to manifest. I enjoyed this a lot but there were references and events that eluded my understanding. I would still recommend it to people who enjoy fantasy, folk music (of all sorts) and counterculture books and movies.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacey

    This is the third book about the Gale Women. (I still think the first, Enchantment Emporium is my favourite.) Charlie, talented Gale woman, musician, and cousin to Allie who runs the Enchantment Emporium, is on her way to becoming a Wild Power. Not quite what the gale Aunties would have wished, but there's not much they can do about it. Unfortunately Charlie is drawn towards Jack, a Gale boy and also a Dragon Prince and sorceror, but their age difference is too great for the Aunties to sanction This is the third book about the Gale Women. (I still think the first, Enchantment Emporium is my favourite.) Charlie, talented Gale woman, musician, and cousin to Allie who runs the Enchantment Emporium, is on her way to becoming a Wild Power. Not quite what the gale Aunties would have wished, but there's not much they can do about it. Unfortunately Charlie is drawn towards Jack, a Gale boy and also a Dragon Prince and sorceror, but their age difference is too great for the Aunties to sanction any kind of romantic relationship. That doesn't stop Charlie and Jack pining for each other, while keeping up a platonic relationship. However when an asteroid is discovered, racing for earth, the Gale Aunties decide they can't do anything about it, except try to save their own. Charlie wants to save the world. According to NASA she has 21 months. There's a fair amount of Charlie/Jack angst, and for a while it seems like the ending is going to be BAM! SPLAT! But Charlie is resourceful and Jack has hidden depths.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This series was easily one of the best I read in a while. In this last book, we finally learned something about the origins of the Gales, or their ancestors - though I'm not quite sure how Auntie Ruby knows the god - but not so much that their magic is not mysterious anymore. It took me a while to wrap my head around the last few chapter, which were quite unexpected but I enjoyed them. Honestly, when I read the summary, I was afraid how the age difference would turn out in a relationship with This series was easily one of the best I read in a while. In this last book, we finally learned something about the origins of the Gales, or their ancestors - though I'm not quite sure how Auntie Ruby knows the god - but not so much that their magic is not mysterious anymore. It took me a while to wrap my head around the last few chapter, which were quite unexpected but I enjoyed them. Honestly, when I read the summary, I was afraid how the age difference would turn out in a relationship with Charlie and Jack but that was dealt with easily. So no problems there xD Of course, some of my favorite parts, were the actual Auntie parts and I am happy yo say that there were many more than in the earlier books. If it was up to me, therr would be more books about the Gale-Family, simply because I love the slightly sarcastic writing style of the books and the amazing characters.

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