Seven for a Secret

The sequel to New Amsterdam The wampyr has walked the dark streets of the world s great cities for a thousand years In that time, he has worn out many names and even compatriots.Now, so that one of those companions may die where she once lived, he has come again to the City of London In 1938, where the ghosts of centuries of war haunt rain grey streets and the PrusThe sequel to New Amsterdam The wampyr has walked the dark streets of the world s great cities for a thousand years In that time, he has worn out many names and even compatriots.Now, so that one of those companions may die where she once lived, he has come again to the City of London In 1938, where the ghosts of centuries of war haunt rain grey streets and the Prussian Chancellor s army of occupation rules with an iron hand.Here he will meet his own ghosts, the remembrances of loves mortal and immortal And here he will face the Chancellor s secret weapon a human child.
Seven for a Secret The sequel to New Amsterdam The wampyr has walked the dark streets of the world s great cities for a thousand years In that time he has worn out many names and even compatriots Now so that one of th

  • Title: Seven for a Secret
  • Author: Elizabeth Bear
  • ISBN: 9781596062337
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Rating: 4.3* of fiveThe Book Description: The sequel to New Amsterdam!The wampyr has walked the dark streets of the world's great cities for a thousand years. In that time, he has worn out many names--and even more compatriots.Now, so that one of those companions may die where she once lived, he has come again to the City of London. In 1938, where the ghosts of centuries of war haunt rain-grey streets and the Prussian Chancellor's army of occupation rules with an iron hand.Here he will meet his [...]

    2. The sequel to New Amsterdam, although it says so nowhere in the book. I read this without having read its predecessor (dear publishers: PLEASE label sequels), but I got a handle on the characters, their relationships, and the world pretty quickly. I like this best of everything I've read by Bear. It's significantly less hackneyed than her short stories. The dialog is still a little off, but the world building is quite good. Bear also has a talent for likable characters; this world is populated b [...]

    3. El que hi ha és boníssim, però et deixa tirat com una mala cosa! Fa molta ràbia[Uns dies després]New Amsterdam va ser una de les lectures que més plaer em va proporcionar l’any passat. Sense renunciar del tot a la tradició pulp el recull de novel·letes amb les aventures del longeu vampir Sebastien de Ullóa, la Bruixa Detectiu Abbygail Garrett, la novel·lista Phoebe Smith i el malaguanyat Jack Priest tenia un nivell d’escriptura i de realisme molt superior a la norma en la literatur [...]

    4. Very much in the mode of the final novella in New Amsterdam, Seven for a Secret gets a bit more into the alternate history aspects of Bear's steampunk world and is tinged with quite a bit of melancholy. Seven for a Secret is more thriller than mystery, and even if there's nothing particularly unique about either Bear's vampires or her steampunk alternate history, it's all well done and the characters and their relationships are superb. They're wonderfully complex through the spare prose, and I h [...]

    5. Sequel to New Amsterdam.Interesting change of format. Instead of each chapter being its own self-contained mystery connected to an overall story, this short sequel has a single storyline continuing long after the events of first book. It worked surprisingly well.

    6. I read this short novel in one night. It is a continuation of the story of the ex-Royal Wizard Abby Irene and the vampire Sebastian.The alternate Victorian/Turn of the century world that Ms. Bear has created is fantastic. I love these characters.

    7. Again I stumble upon a book and read it out of order. I checked the book and summary and etc but it said no where that this was the second book of the series. Granted it does stand alone alright. Some references and back-story went above my head, but I managed through with little confusion. Another what-if story has found its way to me. This what-if is the same as the last one: what-if England lost to the Germans (which are called Prussians in this world) in WWII. However, in this tale there are [...]

    8. Released in March 2009, Seven for a Secret is the original sequel to New Amsterdam. Seven for a Secret is one short story featuring a rather morose Sebastien who knows he will be losing his beloved friends to age and death soon; an old, frustrated, but still sharp Abby Irene, and of course Phoebe. It is 1938 and Sebastien de Ulloa returns to London so that Abby Irene may die in her homeland, but they return to a Britain conquered by the Prussians where the Chancellor's army occupies and rules. I [...]

    9. This book is far more Sebastian's than it is Lady Irene's, though she is in it. She's older and seemingly home bound, so it is through Sebastian's eyes, mostly, that we see a London which fell to the Prussian regime, who are pretty much the Nazis, complete with an obsession of Nordic magic.We also meet Ruth and Adele, two young English girls in training to be the Chancellor's personal guard - perhaps with motives of their own.It was an interesting story, though it reminded me of how little I rem [...]

    10. Lurid cover, blurb describes werewolves and vampires and sorcery, first chapter has a couple of school girls kissing. Think this book is going to be pretty exciting, don't you? Uh, guess again. Man, what kind of vampire/werewolf book has no vampiring or werewolfing in it? The sorcery stuff was also lame as hell. Now I'm not some kind of creepy dude that wants to read about a couple of shool-chicks in plaid skirts and knee-highs "doing it" in the the 3rd floor lavatory, but I do remember that age [...]

    11. I had to read this book when I saw the cover. It was very disturbing to me. Plus the book was short, so I just grabbed it off the shelf and took it home to read.The story was a bit unsettling. It takes place in an alternate past: a 1938 where London is occupied by Germany/Prussia. The main character is a "wampyr" named Sebastien, who discovers that the Prussians are training young girls (all blond and the seventh daughters) to become the "Stormewulfe" - a fleet of werewolf soldiers. While the st [...]

    12. This installment was by far my favorite of Bear's wampyr novellas. Despite a sense of sadness at being confronted by Abby Irene and Phoebe so close to the ends of their respective lives, neither lady has lost their fire or their charm. Sebastien, more disconnected from humanity than in past installments--perhaps due to the imminent loss of his two companions, makes for a strikingly tragic figure.Ruth and Adele's sections were riveting as well and, overall, this had the best narrative flow of any [...]

    13. I was delighted to be able to continue my acquaintance with the characters I met in Elizabeth Bear's New Amsterdam, and this slight novel was indeed a fun and fast read. But, sad to say, I was rather let down by the brevity of the story. It was a good gothic sketch(werewolf girls in the 1930's--how great is that??!) with a graceful set-up to the mortal ending of one of the key characters, but the story never actually ends with a satisfactory(to me) resolution, and I suspect that our key characte [...]

    14. I picked up Seven for a Secret because I thought it looked like something I would not read. Like most people, I get the books that I feel I wanna read, and as it turns out I just never finish them sometimes, even when they are good. I guess I don't wanna read the things I want to read. So maybe I wanna read what I don't wanna read?--at least that was how my thought process went when picking this one off the shelf.I thought this might be some sort of teen vampire story set during the present--boy [...]

    15. More alternate history and less steampunk than New Amsterdam, this book is one long novella instead of a set of not quite separate short stories.What I appreciated most about this book is the fact that decades pass in between it and the first. So often when we read about immortal vampires, we still see them in mortal terms of time - we usually only see a few years at most, even for a long series. But here, forty years have elapsed and those years matter. Though Sebastian himself is unchanged, hi [...]

    16. Loved this novella. I got this one from the library, but if anything could convince me to buy a 120 page book, it's writing like this. The book takes place in an alternate 1938, in which Germany won the first world war. Now those crazy Prussians are trying to resurrect the idea of the wolf-guardian from old Norse mythology/history. I was fascinated by the young woman who had been inducted into this "school," and thought the concept much more engrossing than the standard werewolf plot. I wasn't a [...]

    17. A melancholy novella, with beautiful prose and lots of thoughts about mortality. With Abigail Irene nearly 90, and Sebastien older than any vampire he knows, they are now living in Prussian-occupied London so Abby Irene can die at home. Yet there's one last thing she'd like to do before she goes and for that, the novella introduces a shining new character in Ruth.I adore Ruth. I want to know so much more about her. I want an entire novel about her, and Adele, and her family, and her choices. She [...]

    18. When I walk through my library I'm always looking for new authors to try and I love novellas because it gives me a taste of an authors writing without committing to a full length novel or series. Thus was the case when I picked up Seven for a Secret. I'll admit I was drawn in by the cover but what kept me going was the promise of what was to come in a story that seemed to have greatness just around the corner. Unfortunately, I never found greatness but was intrigued enough to pick up New Amsterd [...]

    19. Bear's second book featuring the wampyr Sebastian and the former Crown Investigator Abby Irene is acuatlly a farily short novella, clocking in at 128 widely-spaced pages. I don't mind the length (though I'm rather glad I didn't buy it); what I did mind was the fact that we jumped forward a fair distance both in time and in plot. I was able to pick up the skeliton of the missing history, but only just, and I really hate feeling like there are bits of story I don't have; it's a pet peeve with me. [...]

    20. Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear. I rated it it 3 1/2 stars. This was the second book in the series featuring Vampire, Sebastian, and his court. This book took place about 40 years later. They are in London, which is being occupied by Nazi Germany in this alternative history. It was OK. I didn't find the story as fleshed out and complete as the first one. It felt like the beginning of a story instead of a complete story like the first one. I will have to read the third novella in the series [...]

    21. This novella brings back the characters from the stories of New Amsterdam 40 years later (1938). I liked the portrayal of the vampire caring for his aging companions and the description of how his identities and memories flow away from him over the years. It's an odd parallel magic-using world where the Prussians have successfully invaded Britain in the late 20s. The story swings from the vampire to the story of two girls training to be bodyguards to the Chancellor in a very creepy way I was hap [...]

    22. I enjoyed reading this short follow-up to New Amsterdam, right up until the end. Mainly because the end felt very abrupt, so much so that I had to check to make sure that I wasn't missing pages out of the book. I'm used to Bear's books not always taking me in the direction I expect - that's one of the things I like about her writing. But this feels like 3/4 of a story, and I really want to read that last 1/4.

    23. I really struggled with this one - I found the Ruth and Adele chapters more interesting, but the chapters with Abby Irene and Sebastien didn't compel me at all. The ending is also really abrupt, and I feel like the pieces of that story that I really wanted to know more of were glossed over. I will say, though, that I immediately started reading the next novella in this series, and it's keeping my interest much more, so this may just have been a weird blip on the radar for me.

    24. Interesting short tale that picks up years after New Amsterdam with Sebastian and Abby Irene back in an England controlled by the Prussian Empire. They encounter a plot to create Ulfhethinn (wolfmen) to be a cadre to protect the Chancellor and seek to manipulate this to their advantage. Be interesting to see where the series goes.

    25. I only gave this book 3 stars because of what I feel is a huge gap in the story between this and the previous (first) installment. A great deal of significant things happened in the interim which, along with the ending of this book, left me feeling as though I'd only read part of a story.Although the part where Sebastian likens wampyre to cathedrals is damn near poetic.

    26. Unusual vampire/werewolf novel - old fashioned writing style. Did not realize when I read this it could classify as steampunk. The 2 star rating refers to the writing style with which I had a difficult time.

    27. In this novelette Garrett is very old, and Sebastien discovers that the "Prussian" occupiers of England are raising teenage wolven shock troops. Only, one such is not what she seemsAtmospheric, surprising, a little suspenseful, and poignant.

    28. a tasty little romantic-horror bonbon following the same alternate-victorian characters from Bear's New Amsterdam; features a young schoolgirl buried in a pile of secrets, each more dangerous than the last

    29. Not as melancholy as I was worried at first it was going to be, but still enough to make my heart hurt a little. I was glad of the adventure and infiltration aspect of it, and I was particularly pleased with Ruth, whom I would like to have gotten to know even better.

    30. A follow up on the Sebastian/Abbey Irene story from New Amsterdam this book felt light. Very light. I read it in a afternoon. Instead of a separate book, this should have been added to complete the New Amsterdam collection.

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