February 17, 2013

Review of Pantomime by Laura Lam





R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

add to goodreadsPantomime by Laura Lam
Publication Date:  February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Strange Chemistry

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MaryAnn NewPantomime by Laura Lam wasn’t anything that I expected it to be.  Even after having read the synopsis, the story found within the pages of this book was not at all what I thought it was going to be.

I was expecting more of a story with a very strong element of magic, where main character, Iphigenia Laurus, aka Gene learns that she’s part of this long forgotten magical bloodline that will open all these magical opportunities and adventures.  Alas, not really the case here.

Pantomime follows the struggles that Gene goes through with the life that was handed to her.  For the duration of her life, she has been seeing a multitude of doctors hoping against all hope that a cure can be found to help her with her situation.  Not quite comfortable in the body she has been born in, Gene longs to feel like she belongs…somewhere.

With her mother breathing down her neck that her time to be betrothed is fast approaching, Gene’s parents have decided to have Gene undergo an unbelievable procedure that will change her life forever.  With the fear of losing a part of herself that she may not want to, Gene flees her privileged life and chances upon R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic.

After witnessing the different kinds of people found at this circus, Gene has decided to join the circus and start her life anew.  But the life of a circus performer is not an easy one, and soon secrets that Gene has been hoping to hide forever surface, and her old life and new life come crashing down upon her.

Author, Laura Lam’s descriptions of the life that Gene has been living is one that had me feeling so sad for this girl.  I can completely understand why Gene has these very conflicting thoughts and can feel the pain of rejection and of not being accepted.

The characters found in Pantomime are ones that readers won’t soon forget.  With a wide variety of characters to get to know, it won’t be long until you find one that keeps you guessing and has you wondering what exactly their past held for them.  For me, my favorite character had to be Drystan…one of the clowns at the circus.  He always had me guessing as to whether or not his actions had alterior motives, and whether or not any of his feelings were genuine.

What I really enjoyed was the constant “to look over your shoulder” feel of the book.  With Gene needing to keep her identity hidden from the circus folk as well as from the police, it had me questioning the people around her, and if any of them would turn her in all for a quick buck.

Like I said earlier, the story in Pantomime was absolutely nothing like I thought it was going to be.  And I suppose it’s because of this let down that I couldn’t thoroughly enjoy this book.  Although, the end of the book was actually pretty fantastic.  I only wish that the pace and action found near the end was something that was there in the beginning.  And of course, the end is where we see just how different Gene is, and then it ended!  I was left wondering….Where’s my magic?  What exactly is supposed to happen with Gene?  What does Drystan have to do with all of this?  So many questions left unanswered.  I understand that a majority of this story is about the events that transpire before Gene joins the circus, it left not enough of the exciting story that I wish it was going to be.

About the Author:

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.

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1 Comment

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Not sure this one is for me, but the characters sound interesting, wonderful, thoughtful review!

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