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Gunwitch: A Tale of the King's Coven (Rose Bainbridge, Gunwitch Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Michael
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Book Description

In 1718, in an England that might have been, the law found Rosalind Bainbridge guilty of witchcraft. In lieu of execution, she became Private Bainbridge of the 101st Pistoleers...

A Gunwitch of the King's Coven.

Twenty-four years later, dishonorably discharged and working as a scout on the Amerigon frontier, Rose's past comes looking for her. A summons and a request from the officer who saved her from the hangman's noose. A reunion with another veteran of the 101st, someone she never wanted to see again. And a meeting with the Misses Janett and Margaret Laxton, the daughters of the man who pressed her into service as a gunwitch.

Reluctantly, Rose agrees to take Janett and Margaret to their father at Fort Russell. No one knows the swamps around New Venezia better than Rose and her bloodsister, the enigmatic Chal. The trip should take only a few days.

But there's more waiting in the swamps than mud and mosquitoes. War and betrayal threaten Rose and the girls, while an ancient, unspeakable evil pursues them all the way to the walls of Fort Russell.

Product Details

  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Four Crows Landing (October 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005T6DLWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic October 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was somewhat of a departure from my usual reading material but I'm glad that I went with my gut and allowed myself to be drawn in by the cool cover art. I'm not a plot recap reviewer so I'll just post my impressions.

Gunwitch is an amalgam of several genres rolled into one and they all work well together. Despite sounding like merely an alternate history tale, this book has far more in store for the reader. Magic, monsters, zombies, mechs manned by the dead and steam powered knights populate its pages, leading to an exciting pulp tale with a little something for everyone. The book is fast, action packed and had me begging for a sequel when I reached the end.

There are enough cool ideas presented for a dozen novels and Rose Bainbridge is a strong character whom I definitely want to see more of.

Like I said, this book has something for everyone. If you like alternate history, steampunk, urban fantasy or pulp adventure theres definitely something in here for you.

This is my first exposure to the work of David Michael and I'll certainly be checking out more of his work. Gunwitch is a great book and I can't recommend it highly enough. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for more adventures of Rose in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Fun Read June 17, 2012
By Elle L
As the strong plot unravels, I enjoyed the journey from beginning to end. The story is engaging and the characters were interesting from the first few pages. Rose is easy to identify with despite the fantasy and her challenges, relationships and adventure are compelling. She has become one of my favorite fictional strong-women.

I don't ever finish books that don't hold my attention. I'm not one to read it just to get it done. This is listed among those that I've finished and among those that I'd read again. It was great fun to get into.

What I especially liked here is that it is well written in a simple but never "dumb" style. Without being loquacious, the writer tells the story smoothly. Clearly having a mastery in the art of language, the author uses prose that prompts the readers five and even sixth sense.

Gunwitch is fun, sexy, emotional, intense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk in Amerigon November 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews.

Rose Bainbridge takes on the job of escorting the daughters of Colonel Laxton across the Bayuk to visit him. But this is one trip that is not going to go according to plan.

"Gunwitch" is a colonial American adventure story told through the fascinating goggles of Steampunk. So this novel already has a head-start with me. Firstly, it happily resides in a fantasy sub-genre in which I have a keen interest and secondly, I'm already a bit of a fan of the author, David Michael. So it encouraged me that the story grabbed me immediately. The gunwitch concept is not fully revealed at once and Rose's history is shrouded in mystery slowly revealed via parallel timeline throughout the novel. The author cleverly got me fascinated with Rose and her history, her friend Chal with mysterious powers that Rose wants to keep hidden, the very cool Ducoed who obviously has an unpleasant past relationship with Rose and even Colonel Laxton, the destination of the escort job. I couldn't possibly have been more "hooked" in the early stages.

The story is a multiple point-of-view tale and we get to see the journey mainly through the eyes of Rose, Ducoed and Margaret, one of Colonel Laxton's daughters. Additionally, the story covers two timelines, that of the trek through the Bayuk and that of a younger Rose and Ducoed before they became gunwitches for the King's army in England. I enjoyed the early story of Rose as it helped flesh out her character and allowed me to gain an understanding eventually into the enmity between herself and Ducoed.

As expected, the trip through the Bayuk was not without incident. And this is where I became a little lost.
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Most days, David Michael is a software developer and a writer. Some days, he's a writer and a software developer. Other days, he's an amateur photographer. Because, really, who is the same person every day? David is the designer and developer of DavidRM Software's The Journal, personal journaling software for Windows. He has also designed and developed video games, and has written two nonfiction books and numerous articles about video game development. David lives with his wife and kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David blogs about writing at Guns & Magic:


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