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Product Details

  • Series: Bannon and Clare (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031620126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316201261
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Saintcrow scores a hit with this terrific Steampunk series that rockets through a Britain-that-wasn't with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time."—New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs

"Saintcrow melds a complex magic system with a subtle but effective steampunk society, adds fully-fleshed and complicated characters, and delivers a clever and highly engaging mystery that kept me turning pages, fascinated to the very end."—Laura Anne Gilman

"Innovative world building, powerful steam punk, master storyteller at her best. Don't miss this one....She's fabulous. "—Christine Feehan

"Lilith Saintcrow spins a world of deadly magic, grand adventure, and fast-paced intrigue through the clattering streets of a maze-like mechanized Londonium. The Iron Wyrm Affair is a fantastic mix of action, steam, and mystery dredged in dark magic with a hint of romance. Loved it! Do not miss this wonderful addition to the steampunk genre."—Devon Monk

"Lilith Saintcrow's foray into steampunk plunges the reader into a
Victorian England rife with magic and menace, where clockwork horses pace the cobbled streets, dragons rule the ironworks, and it will take a sorceress' discipline and a logician's powers of deduction to unravel a bloody conspiracy."—Jacqueline Carey

"Sensual writing, intricate plotting, and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This isn't just fantasy with cogs stuck on. A really good read"—SFX

"Sensual writing, intricate plotting, and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch."—Publishers Weekly

"Fast paced and full of plot twists, this is a lightweight summer read for fans of Gail Carriger and Meljean Brooks."—Booklist

"A fast and furious ride through an alternate Victorian London that occasionally stops for polite afternoon tea, just to let you catch your breath. Exciting, great characters and one of the best books I've read this year. Roll on the next instalment! "—thebookbag.co.uk

"A fast-paced blend of Victorian-era urban fantasy and steampunkish technology."—Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.

More About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at www.lilithsaintcrow.com.

Customer Reviews

Good story line with compelling characters.
lladnar
The characters were interesting but the alternating POVs makes the story choppy and difficult to get into.
Kale
I got halfway through and I just want to read something I like.
Mayuka-chan

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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Kale on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm all for steampunk and Victorian anything, but not when it makes me feel like an idiot using my native language. The Iron Wyrm Affair is like reading Shakespeare for the first time without a lexicon. Everything great about this book was overshadowed by overly indulgent prose coupled with a lack of context.

I was really excited about this book, up until I started reading it. The plot starts off promising in the middle of a conspiracy but is bogged down by an overly descriptive narrative and no foundation to root the reader. Plopped into an established world with no introduction, was a bit disorienting. I kept waiting to be let in on the secret world and magical explanations, but none came. I felt cheated, not being able to participate in the world building experience, excluded from the author's VIP mind set. I was lost a lot, grasping for some context to ground me in this unfamiliar world.

The characters were interesting but the alternating POVs makes the story choppy and difficult to get into. The writing style hindered their connection for me, at times I found it difficult to separate the dialogue and who was saying what. I usually rather enjoy having dueling perspectives but I don't think Saintcrow made it worked here. With two diverse personalities such as Clare and Bannon I would expect two contrasting distinct voices, but really only got one voice for the two characters.

The most difficult part for me was not being familiar with any of the slang used. There was a breakdown of magical hierarchy which would've been more useful presented in the front of the text than the back but I wish there was an index of terms, footnotes, anything to help the reader out.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Blue Meeple on August 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Sherlockian genius and a powerful sorceress team up to discover and defeat an unknown adversary, for Queen and Country. Also, because it's after them, too.

It's an interesting story which includes a bit of mystery, a lot of magic, and a group of people who have to work together though they may or may not trust each other. The characters are (mostly) interesting and decently well-drawn, particularly Emma. The worldbuilding is intriguing, including Tideturn and its effect on both magic-wielders and gems in proximity to them.

On the other hand, in the beginning, Clare is pretty annoying until he stopped talking about deducing things and just does it. He's also irritatingly sexist for someone who is supposed to be so very logical and his friend Sig is called a genius but portrayed as a buffoon.

Very little is explained about how magic - or anything else - works in this alternate Britain. It almost reads like the second book in the series, written with the assumption that the reader is already familiar with the setting. I enjoy books that throw the reader in the midst of things and explain it as the book goes along - but only when things are actually explained.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Avalee on September 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Add me to the group of people who really wanted to love this book, but was disappointed. The story was slow moving and hardly anything in the author's steampunk world is explained. Some things you can figure out for yourself, but mostly you're just left guessing. I love this genre but if you're looking for steampunk/sci-fi or anything along those lines, there are sooo many better books out there.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have wanted to read this novel since I first saw it show up on my list of recommendations. The cover! The steampunk fantasy world! Magic! A mystery comparable to Holmes....What isn't there to love here? It saddens me to say that this book disappointed me in a way very few ever have.

Although I trudged through it, this book was almost completely unreadable. Clare is a logical genius and the story never bothers letting the reader in on what he has concluded. O'Bannon could be a wonderful character except as the plot unfolds, we never really know what she is thinking or who the people are that she is investigating. The book would introduce random, new characters and then there would be a verbal exchange between O'Bannon and this person and when the scene wrapped up, I was no more clear on the situation than I was when I started in. There was action which would be exciting but still I didn't understand WHY this was happening. I really couldn't find the plot. We finally are let in on an object that the characters need to get a hold of or stop from being used. We aren't told why this is such a bad thing. Maybe it is hinted at but it is foggy and lost among the rest of the disjointed story.

There is also a lot of new or twisted vocabulary used to describe this alternative world but there is not a dictionary or anything to help readers navigate and understand this world. I am just saddened by the fact that I think the author had some intriguing ideas for her characters and the world but it is presented in a confusing and boring way. I have never found a book to be quite this much of a struggle to get through. It just wasn't enjoyable in the least.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mayuka-chan on June 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I cannot explain how much I wanted to like this book. There were so many elements that I was excited to read about, a detective, victorian england, magic, mystery AND steampunk. I was so sure I was going to be swept away by this and love every page. Unfortunately that was not remotely the case.

I have yet made myself able to finish powering through this. I've been trying and perhaps I may edit this review if I ever bring myself to finish it. I got halfway through and I just want to read something I like.

I'll start with the characters, Clare was so incredibly bland. He was like a cheap rip off of Sherlock(even jacking the instrumental scales relating to bugs movement from the movie) that wasn't remotely well done. He has no personality whatsoever. The author didn't even really explain what a mentath really was or how they worked. I started somewhat getting and idea and yet I didn't like it. Saintcrow was constantly mention how he was deducing random things from everywhere but never saying WHAT he deduced or any conclusions that he ever came to. Standing next to Emma Bannon he looked incredibly useless and even when he was asked questions, they were something Emma already knew the answer to anyway. Halfway through the book he had still yet to do anything other than get headaches when he didn't understand something solely because it wasn't logical or be generally useless. Half-way through a book and he hasn't done a thing of importance. That's fabulous.

On the flip side, Emma Bannon and her shield Mikal were incredible. Bannon was a very strong female lead, though I wanted to slap her with how she was constantly treating Mikal like a dog. Why he put up with her, even in her moments of weakness is somewhat of a mystery.
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