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Product Details

  • Series: Ether Chronicles
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062241443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062241443
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, trade off writing the books in the steampunk romance series THE ETHER CHRONICLES. June 2013 will see the launch of her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED for St. Martin's Press. Zoe and Nico live in Los Angeles. Please visit her on the Web at

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They were solid, fleshed out characters with some wonderful tension.
Zoe Archer's work always presents as meticulously researched and beautifully written.
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I really like this series and I am sad to find out this is the final book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen Twimom on August 22, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
3.5 stars: Liked it - recommend (B+)
Review originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
I received a review copy from the author.

Kali is a brilliant young engineer who was severely injured in a battle in the skies above Liverpool. She decides to move to a family cabin on a remote island to give her time to heal: mentally, physically and emotionally. Planning to live in complete isolation, she's a bit dismayed to discover someone else occupying Eilean Comhachag.

Fletcher, one of Britain's mighty Man O' Wars, has been alone for three months until Kali showed up. Captain of the Persephone, he went down with his airship, stranded and determined to stay that way. When the British Navy didn't come looking for him, he realized maybe the world we be better with out another "killing machine."

Skies of Gold is another wonderful addition to the Ether Chronicles. The story takes place in the same world as, yet mostly independent of the earlier books. This time around, our powerful war hero, Fletcher, has decided he'd rather not be in service any longer because he feels that the Man O' Wars are perpetuating the war between the Russians and Britons. I love that when we meet Fletcher he is completely tormented and a bit mad after living alone for three months. His initial interactions with Kali feel so genuine for someone who has given up being part of society. I adored him right from the start.

Yet Kali too is a bit distressed by her recent past. She is a victim of war and broken after witnessing everyone she knows die in a ruthless battle. However, she is a strong woman, and I enjoyed how often she would do something "outside the norm." Although they are not part of the story, her parents clearly had a marvelous influence on her life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana on August 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Originally reviewed at Tempting Reads

I have so many feelings about this book I don't know where to start. First, there is no comparison to Skies of Steel; it's a totally different story. I'm not saying this negatively, just that if you are looking for the same sort of story as that one, this is not it. It did contain the same elements I enjoyed-the diverse cast of characters and an original and fascinating (yet understandable) steampunk background-but the tone was completely different. I kept trying to fit this story in the niche created by SoS but I couldn't. So I stopped looking for a repeat and started judging the story on it's own merits.

And can I say "WOW". Like, seriously wow. This tone with this story was more thoughtful? contemplative? introspective? It was all of these yet more so. It wasn't a slow story, everything moved fast enough, but each word and character action seemed carefully chosen and purposeful. There was no time reading this that I felt as if the story would move faster or that I started tapping the screen to skip pages. When I was done reading it, I was shocked to discover how much had time had passed. This book turned out to be almost 400 pages but I hadn't realized because the story was so good and absorbing.

I can't honestly remember the last time I had such a unique reaction to a book. Usually when I finish a book, I am either eager to start another story or take a break from reading. With this one, I felt satisfied at the conclusion of a good story but at the same time ruminative. I kept thinking about the lessons inherent in this book and the similarities between the issues in the book and the ones in the world today. It is a rare book that makes me think and feel deeply, yet keep me so entertained at the same time. Definitely recommended.

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By Sevi LaFond on April 25, 2014
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The Ether Chronicles are so nicely written, they are stories you can read again and I'm really liking the style.
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"Sodding damn. She'd ruined his perfect loneliness."

I’m not a huge fan of science fiction, not real big on fantasy, either… but Steampunk, when done right, really turns my crank! And make no mistake about it, Zoë Archer does Steampunk right.


Two Lonely Hearts…

Kalindi MacNeil survived the devastating enemy airship attack that obliterated Liverpool, but even her engineering skills can’t seem to repair her broken heart. Seeking to put her life back together, Kali retreats to a desolate, deserted island—only to discover she’s not alone. Captain Fletcher Adams, an elite man/machine hybrid, a Man O’ War, crashed his battle-damaged airship into this deserted island after Liverpool, never expecting to survive the wreck. But survive he did.

One Desire…

Believing he is nothing but a living weapon, Fletcher is wary of his new-found companion—a pretty, damaged, but determined young woman. Together they are stranded on the deserted island, and it is only a matter of time until desire gets the best of both of them. Soon Kali and Fletcher find they may be just what the other needed. But a danger from beyond the island puts them to the test. Will it rip them apart or bond their hearts forever?

My review…

Skies of Gold is the fifth book in The Ether Chronicles series. I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle for almost a year, but because of my affliction with MR BIOS – Must Read Books In Order Syndrome – I kept putting it off until another of my afflictions – MR ABE – Must Read All Books Eventually – made it so I couldn’t put it off any longer.

I’ve been a fan of Zoë Archer’s storytelling for some time now, but honestly, Skies of Gold might just be my favorite story.
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