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Skies of Fire: The Ether Chronicles Mass Market Paperback – April 17, 2012
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Zoë Archer is a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of adventure, sexy men, and women who make no apologies for kicking ass. Her books include the Hellraisers paranormal historical series and the acclaimed Blades of the Rose paranormal historical adventure series. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the '80s. Zoë and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Los Angeles.
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Anyway, when the story starts, Captain Redmond's busy with an arial naval battle in which he and a few other British vessels are fighting against a greater number of vessels manned by the Huns of Hapsburg. So the action is off to a rollicking start. He's a paragon of captain-ly-ness, and the only thing that he has trouble with is keeping the thoughts of Louisa Shaw off his mind. She's a covert operative that he had an intense relationship with, but she left him three years ago, and he's never recovered. Of course, they soon meet up in dangerous conditions, deep in enemy territory, and they're thrown together in an adventure together to save themselves and Britain.
So, on the romance side, it's a former-lovers-coming-together tale with some real emotional poignancy as well as explicitly (and well) described sex scenes. On the adventuring side, the author does a great job of keeping the action rolling and the stakes high within a fairly simple achieve-the-mission-and-get-back-home plot.
The story's real heart is the romance, so the author focuses tightly on the two main characters. I liked them both. Christopher is sexy, honorable, tortured, protective, loving, and brooding. Yum. But for me, Louisa stole the show. She's brilliant and driven and flawed and courageous.Read more ›
SKIES OF FIRE has a terrific set up. The steampunk elements Archer (and co-creator, Nico Rosso) has put together are sure to find fans. The story itself had some moments of drag where it felt like not much was happening but once the action picked up it was impossible to put this one down. SKIES OF FIRE is definitely for fans of the Meljean Brook's Iron Seas, a great wait filler between installments. If you liked Rhys and Mina (from The Iron Duke) you'll love Christopher and Louisa's ability to carry a steamy relationship along through one heck of a dangerous mission behind enemy lines.
I liked Christpher and Louisa from the get-go. Both are very no-nonsense in their respective duties and yet in private, manage to show amusing quirks that made them both very endearing. If you love a romance pairing where the hero is the brawn and the heroine is the brains without either actually being weak or unintelligent you will enjoy them immensely. They work well together and carry the action of this steampunk adventure well. Romances where the hero and heroine have a past can be problematic but in this case it actually gave it a richness that worked in its favor.
Highly recommended for steampunk romance readers looking for some serious spice and a solid adventure too.
***ARC received via publisher.
Zoë Archer's latest book, Skies of Fire, is that steampunk, the first tale of The Ether Chronicles. It's that "ether" that powers those airships. Along with something, or rather someone, who has been transformed into a "Man O'War". And no, Ms. Archer was not referring to the horse.
In this alternate-19th century, a scientist has discovered a rare element: Telumium. Telumium is amazing. One of its byproducts is ether, which powers the airships, and ether rifles, and ether-based lights. Another, even more amazing, property of Telumium is that it can be bonded to a human being, creating a super-human, a Man O'War. A Man O'War's strength is what literally powers his airship.
Christopher Redmond captains HMS Demeter, and his small gunship is trapped and looking for a place to repair behind enemy lines when he catches the glint of an SOS from a British agent. Literally a glint: the signal is being sent by mirror flashes, and only his enhanced sight could have caught it.
Even while hiding from the enemy, Redmond is duty-bound to retrieve that agent, so he drops the jollyboat with a small crew. He puts himself on that jollyboat, knowing the agent must be in desperate straights.
The agent is desperately in need of rescue. And is the last person Christopher Redmond expected to find in the Carpathian Mountains. Or anywhere in his life again. Louisa Shaw is the only woman he ever loved. But when he asked her to marry him, three years ago, she left him, without a work, without a note. He underwent the transformation to become a Man O'War not long after. But he never stopped loving her, even while he sometimes hated her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful steampunk series full of airships and their dashing captains. And the heroines are just as superb, smart women with talents of their own, and to whom we can relate and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by LadyLoves2Read
This book was boring. I was excited to find a new series and i was disappointed. The story just seemed like it was missing somethinf.Published on September 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Another great steampunk novel. I hope she continues with the series. I would highly recommend this for anyone that likes steampunk.Published on September 19, 2013 by herbalist
I really like Archer's writing and I love steampunk, so this should have been a winner for me. Archer is a pretty solid writer that usually does an excellent job of mixing action... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Mandy
I enjoyed this book WAY more than I expected. I struggled with whether to give it 4 of 5 stars--really this one came in at like a 4. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by JLL
The thing about the possibility of how the world as we know it could have been, with the early discovery of a couple of elements, the unfettered imagination, intelligence, and... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Eugene
another book by zoe archer it was great i work nights and need something to keep me alert and going it was great.. she is becoming a favorite aurtherPublished on February 27, 2013 by Barbara A. Reed
My Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)
Our action-filled story starts with our brave Man O'War Captain, Christopher, and his ship, Demeter, waged in a sky... Read more
Too short not complete. Not up to par. Brush on story line. Okay for a short story. Flash backs was not good for story line. I wasnt impress with story.Published on August 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer