Books begun but not finished: Phyllis Ames, FROZEN IN AMBER

Phyllis Ames’ Frozen in Amber (DAW, 2015) seemed like it would be perfectly unobjectionable urban fantasy about a shapeshifting lawyer. One appreciates the odd unobjectionable urban fantasy – but this lacks very great appeal, and moreover jangled the nerves within three dozen pages. The narrator, the (apparently white) shapeshifter lawyer and descendant of the head of the law firm, thinks of her Native American (First Nations? I don’t know, he might be Canadian) law clerk,

I often wondered how he excelled at white man’s law and logic.

One finds this to be… unbecoming. One is disinclined to read on, there to potentially discover other random nuggets of even more obvious racism. It upsets the digestion, and disagrees with one’s blood pressure.

And it is not as though there are not a vast quantity of other books in the world. Still. One is grieved to be deprived of the possibilities inherent in shapeshifter lawyer so soon.

4 thoughts on “Books begun but not finished: Phyllis Ames, FROZEN IN AMBER

  1. Zoe Archer’s historical paranormal romance Rebel has a Native American lawyer who can shapeshift. In case you still hold out hope for the premise. The depiction’s still not perfect (a whole Native American tribe with magical powers … so, um, that) but better than the above quote.

  2. I’m very glad to find out that *not all* shapeshifting lawyer books offer an obligingly obvious helping of racism in the first three dozen pages!

    At least it was obligingly obvious and early. One prefers not to hit such passages on page three hundred or so.

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