The Future Falls: Book Three of the Enchantment Emporium
by Tanya Huff
Cover Artist: Steve Stone
Review by Gayle Surrette
DAW Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756407537
Date: 04 November 2014 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Future Falls deals with the relationship between Charlotte "Charlie" Gale and Jack Gale. Jack showed up in an earlier book. He's seventeen. Charlie is 30 and the Gales have a rule that there can be no age gap larger than 7 years. So, even though Jack is a Dragon Lord and, by other dragons, considered an adult, he and Charlie are just going to have to deal with their emotions and get over it.
Lucky for them, they've got something else to take up their time. Aunt Catherine Gale has seen a rock falling from the sky. No one really trust Aunt Catherine because she's a wild talent. Jack and Charlie are also considered wild talents and they check out her vision and come to the conclusion that there is definitely going to be a problem.
The writing is fast paced, witty, humorous, and yet thoughtful. There's lots of references to movies, books, social media, and current events -- it may date the book in the future but for now it adds a grounding for the fantastical elements of the story.
There's also a lot of issues that effect each and every one of us. What's more important, family or the greater family of mankind? What lines would you cross to protect those you love, and which ones are too big to cross? Paraphrasing Peter Parker's uncle Ben, with power comes responsibility, and just how do you determine what responsibilities you must take on, if you have the power to change things?
While The Future Falls is great entertainment, it is also dealing with a lot of issues worth thinking about, especially as they relate to family and the rules and responsibilities of family members to the family group and to the larger family of humanity.
You don't have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one but it will help fill in some of the undercurrents of the story.