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One Enchanted Season - C.L. Wilson, Erica Ridley, Elissa Wilds

So, I just started (literally at 37%) Let It Snow by Erica Ridley, and I've got some issues.

 

I know, I know! I just started it. But honestly - I'm confused. I don't understand this world.

 

First line:

After another long spell of swashbuckling and bounty hunting, Lance Desmond could barely wait to hang up his sword.

 

Okay, so I'm thinking we're in a technologically deficient world - either none at all, due to magic, or something like Kate Daniels where it comes and goes? 

 

Later that same paragraph:

It was three o'clock in the morning. Christmas Eve. And if the gods were with him....

 

Gods. Plural. AND Christmas Eve? But, okay, I'll buy it.

 

Shortly after that it mentions a "magically fluorescent OPEN sign" seeming to reinforce the idea of a world of magic and not technology/electricity.

 

A paragraph later we learn that, apparently, the money of the realm is drachma - this is currency that was used in ancient Greece (through modern times). As far as I can figure 1 drachma = 1 USD...ish. Maybe.

 

Then we've got them talking about going to midnight mass for Christmas....Are these gods you were hoping were with you earlier just....what then? I don't understand a character that sends pleas to multiple gods and plans to go to midnight mass for Christmas.

 

Now we're going to blow my whole theory about the world to pieces:

"It all started when the new rajah hired him to find a handful of diamonds that had fallen from a plane over Mount Everest."

 

And here I did a double take. Okay, now we've got planes that are apparently alive and well, so to speak. Flying around.

 

And THEN:

"I bought a pirate ship."

 

Wait - WTF? A pirate ship? When there are planes? Why??????

 

*pulls hair* Seriously, I'm only 1% into this story (there are three in the anthology)