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Night of Fire: The Ether Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Nico Rosso
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Night of fire, night of passion

US Army Upland Ranger Tom Knox always knew going home wouldn’t be easy. Three years ago, he skipped town, leaving behind the only woman who ever mattered; now that he’s seen the front lines of war, he’s ready to do what he must to win her back.

Rosa Campos is long past wasting tears on Tom Knox, and now that she’s sheriff of Thornville, she has more than enough to do. Especially when a five-story rock-eating mining machine barrels toward the town she’s sworn to protect.

Tom’s the last person Rosa expects to see riding to her aid on his ether-borne mechanical horse. She may not be ready to forgive, but Rosa can’t deny that having him at her side brings back blissful memories . . . even as it reignites a flame more dangerous than the enemy threatening to destroy them both.

Tom’s the last person Rosa expects to see riding to her aid on his ether-borne mechanical horse. She may not be ready to forgive, but Rosa can’t deny that having him at her side brings back blissful memories . . . even as it reignites a flame more dangerous than the enemy threatening to destroy them both.


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About the Author

Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer, brought romance into his life in more ways than one. Through her he learned that the romance genre was filled with vast opportunities for storytelling. He created the sci-fi romance Limit War series, sweeping readers off Earth and into an interstellar conflict. Closer to home, he set off the apocalypse with The Last Night. And, starting with The Ether Chronicles, he gets to write more closely than ever with his wife. They created the steampunk world together and trade off, telling romance tales that span the globe.


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  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062201093
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070XFB1I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific steampunk western and great series! August 8, 2012
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The Ether Chronicles is a cooperative steampunk venture, or is that adventure, between writers (and real-life spouses) Zoe Archer and Nico Rosso.

The first book in the series, Skies of Fire, took place in more traditional steampunk territory, assuming there is such a thing as tradition when it comes to a genre as "new-fangled" as steampunk. It's set on the European side of this alternate, steam- and "ether"-powered world war and it's written by Ms. Archer, as will be the third book.

Mr. Rosso is responsible for Night of Fire, set in the U.S. West. Less traditional, not just for steampunk, but in general. The West of the late eighteenth century was the frontier, with wide-open spaces and people who didn't want to be hemmed in.

There's a war going on, and men are called away from their homes to fight against the Hapsburg enemy. Just as happened in real history, particularly in World War II, when the men are called away in large numbers, women fill roles that used to be reserved for men. And some of them find that their new roles suit them much better than the ones they would have traditionally found.

And some men think that this new assertiveness fits those women better than the old traditional roles ever did.

The Army has also given Tom Knox a new role in life. In Thornville, he was a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The US Army has made him not just a soldier, but a leader. It's given him purpose and responsibility. The Army doesn't care where he came from, only how he conducts himself. And he's not a boy any more.

The war has brought him near enough to Thornville to visit. To find out what happened to the girl he left behind. Rosa Campos' father ran him out of town, said Tom wasn't good enough for his daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Western Steampunk Romance, C Rating October 3, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My Rating: 2.5 stars: Finished it - take it or leave it (C)

Our hero, Tom Knox, left his small coastal hometown of Thornville three years ago, leaving behind his love, Rosa Campos. He joined the service and has been fighting against the Hapsburg soldiers here on US soil - or in Tom's case, in the sky as an Upland Ranger. Before Tom left, he wasn't much of a hero or a man worthy of Rosa, and her parents were certain to remind him of that often. He returns now, uncertain of how he'll be received, yet certain that Rosa has settled down and moved on. To his surprise, Rosa is a changed woman - now the sheriff of Thornville, and she's never forgiven Tom for abandoning her those three long years ago.

Unfortunately, as soon as Tom arrives, there are serious problems for Thornville. The Crandall Mining Company, unhappy that no one would sell land in Thornville, is heading towards town in a massive monstrosity of a machine that destroys everything in its path. It's up to Tom and Rosa to overcome their past and work together to save the town.

Although this is the second story in The Ether Chronicles, the opening of Night of Fire is almost the complete opposite of the first book, Skies of Fire. Instead of jumping right into the action as in Skies, this book takes its time and introduces the reader to the surrounding landscape. We take a stroll down memory lane with Tom as he flies his way back to his childhood homestead and the woman he left behind. The beginning focuses on world-building and filling the reader in on the environment of the times.

Another change from the first book is that the locale has shifted from Europe to the United States in Night of Fire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All hat, no cattle... but not bad either! July 31, 2012
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Three years have passed since Tom Knox rode out of Thornville on a stolen horse, leaving Rosa behind. Now an Upland Ranger with the US Army he's gotten his honor back and he's ready to do everything in his power to win her back. But before he can properly woo Rosa, the pair will face off with an enemy who won't take no for an answer... a mining machine threatening to devour everything in its path including Thornville. The road back to passion will be paved with danger and the slivers of past hurts but if Tom and Rosa can save the town, surely they can find a way to forgive and rekindle the love they once shared.

While stripped down to it's formulaic elements NIGHT OF FIRE is a romance, I admit some hesitation recommending it to romance readers. When the hero and heroine are introduced they have lots of flaming physical chemistry but I found their personalities weren't fleshed out enough I felt like I knew them enough to root for a resolution to their past. Here in Montana we have a saying 'all hat, no cattle' which really fits the story overall. Rosso is a great writer, his action scenes are absolutely killer! I just found the romance lacked any of the substantial chemistry I expected due to lack of character development. Too much telling and not enough showing why they loved one another before that lead to a rekindled relationship.

Keeping in mind the romance was weak I have to flip this review and say that if you're looking for a really cool steampunk action adventure it rocked my socks. Rosa isn't a shrinking violet and the pair compliment one another well as partners in a mission to save Thornville. I'd actually very much recommend NIGHT OF FIRE to the male audience who enjoy an action-packed steampunk with a sprinkle of the other kind of steam without a bunch of gushy lovey-dovey stuff. I think it's got great cross-over appeal for romance fans looking to try steampunk and steampunk fans who dabble in romances.

***ARC received via publisher.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read!
I always enjoy getting ahold of a book I can't put down, and Nightof Fire absolutely fit the bill! There were times that I actually caught myself holding my breath while reading! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eugene
5.0 out of 5 stars Night of Fire Delivers Romance, Action and Steampunk Scifi
Nico Rosso and his wife Zoe Archer have created an 1860's with a steampunk twist to set their Ether Chronicles series. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by JGDFreelance
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun series!
This is a fast-paced adventure read, with great action sequences and a strong romance. I especially liked the strength of the heroine; she was the hero's equal in courage and... Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Sonoma Lass
2.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk/Western
Steampunk fans and perhaps fans of westerns may really like this book. However, if you are looking for a romance you may want to stay away. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Dianne Socci-Tetro
3.0 out of 5 stars I think steampunk fans will enjoy
It's been three years since Tom left Rosa, running out of town in the middle of the night on a stolen horse. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars "The American West gets a lot wilder in Night of Fire. "
U.S. Army Upland Ranger Tom Knox has just returned to his hometown for the first time in three years. But Thornville isn't quite the same as it was when Tom left it. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by MNix
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Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer, brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He created the sci-fi romance Limit War series, and set off the apocalypse in The Last Night. With the steampunk Ether Chronicles, he got to write more closely than ever with his wife, trading off tales that span the globe. In Demon Rock, he takes you into the dark world of satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them.

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