- File Size: 447 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373427778
- Publisher: Carina Press (March 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 7, 2011
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004MPRZIE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steam & Sorcery (The Gaslight Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 7 in The Gaslight Chronicles (7 Book Series)
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More About the Author
Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and two spoiled dogs. When not hard at work writing she can be found restoring her 1870 house, dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.
Cindy is represented by Evan Gregory of the Ethan Ellenberg Agency. For more about Cindy and her books, you can find her on her website, www.cindyspencerpape.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Supernaturals exist, though polite society does not speak of them. Secret organizations work for the crown and protect the populace from vampyres, rogue weres, and other supernatural beings whenever possible. Street urchins must either learn to fight, or die prematurely. Steam technology has allowed many advances which would otherwise have been anachronistic.
Enter Sir Merrick and his team of fighting urchins. When investigating the disappearance of girls from one of London's shadier neighborhoods, he comes across a surprising group of gifted youths who dispatch vampyres which would have otherwise killed him. Intrigued by them, and concerned about one boy in particular who has some very special powers, he takes them in, only to realize that he is ill-equipped to care for youngsters.
Luckily, his spinster-aunt knows just the woman to help him care for these children. Miss Caroline Bristol has been a governess for quite some time, but she has not had steady employment, due in part to her attractiveness; her employers can't seem to keep their hands off her, which causes her dismissal so frequently that she has begun to keep insurance for these instances. When she's offered a job with the attractive Sir Merrick, she hesitates, concerned that the handsome bachelor will be a problem.
With me so far? Because this is where it gets interesting.Read more ›
The plot also so potentially interesting at the beginning turns into an afterthought and the end was particularly unsatisfying. The children were the only saving grace of this book which is why it got two instead of one.
The relationship between Merrick and Caro is sweet but it changed very abruptly. I wanted greater chemistry and higher stakes in the relationship so as an audience we didn't know if they are really going to get together. Instead, Merrick suddenly decides that he wants to marry Caro which is a complete turnaround from Mr. I only want to have an affair. I prefer a little more foreshadowing in this respect.
The children were not well defined apart from their ability and one or two details. I think the biggest problem was that there were five of them and so it was difficult to develop them properly in the context of a paranormal romance. The purpose of this novel seemed to be to introduce them and having done that, I expect that later novels will round them out.
I really enjoyed the opening where Merrick tracked down the vampires and dispatched them with the help of the kids. Unfortunately we are then introduced to a series of clichés - the handsome father figure who is inept at dealing with children, the gorgeous governess who is really the illegitimate daughter of a member of the aristocracy, a spinster aunt who encourages the relationship, a tomboy girl who likes playing with machines etc.Read more ›
Plot: The plot had three main strands: the romance, the relationship of the two protagonists with the children, and the mystery of why vampires were suddenly working together (and working with humans). Of the three, the children's subplot was the most enjoyable; each of the children had a special gift and a unique personality. I would have liked to see this take up even more of the book. The romance was ok, and I would have preferred to be without the mystery; it didn't seem to matter except to take up time in between romance and kids. The heroine discovered something revelatory about herself, but it did not matter to the plot at all.
Characters: As I mentioned, the childrens' characters were very well written, and the secondary characters (the aunt and the tutor) were entertaining as well. The two main protagonists, though, were pretty generic.
Writing style: This was my first steampunk romance (is that even a genre?) The author used some steampunk details in the story, but it probably could have been set during any historical time period. The one steampunk element that was important to the story was one of the children's gift for mechanics.
Audience: Romance readers, especially of the steampunk subgenre. Paranormal fans would probably also like it, as well as folks who like governess stories.
Wrap-up: A pleasant read; I'm not the main audience for this book (as I don't read paranormal or steampunk romance), but I would probably not seek out other books in the series or by this author. 3/5*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fun series to read. Some of the stories are shorter than others and some are more explicit than others. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jessica N.
Delightful Steampunk tale with no apparent deep meanings or aspirations to RPGs. Most apt for listening while doing boring tasks or even driving. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jan
Having developed my love of reading on many gothic novels, I'm not surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. As I got older I found I also enjoyed paranormal and fantasy books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TJ 13
I wasn't really sure what to expect, when I first started reading this book. It was full of surprises. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NASCAR ROCKS!!
Very good story with good family developement somehow happening in the midst of a crisis. I enjoyed it immensely.Published 5 months ago by Michaela Le Campion
Vampires, Knights of the Roundtable, streaming London all seem plausible in this fast moving story. Fun characters and some sex add to the enjoyment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I liked the story line even though it reminded me of the Lady of integrity books. The sex was over the top and unnecessary.Published 6 months ago by Read2fast
This was like Mary Poppins in steam punk Victorian England. What a total hoot. Cannot wait to read more of. Cindy's work.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer