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Steam & Sorcery (The Gaslight Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Spencer Pape
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Book Description

Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.

Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she's ever met—and out of reach for a mere governess.

When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces, and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery...

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Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373427778
  • Publisher: Carina Press (March 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MPRZIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Magical Steampunk Romance March 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't really sure what to expect, when I first started reading this. I'm vaguely familiar with Harlequin, but not their Carina Press imprint. However, since I'm taking part in a steampunk reading challenge, I opted to try out Steam & Sorcery, and I don't regret it.

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.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loved the first half, loathed the rest October 16, 2011
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I'm very disappointed with this novel. It begun as a charming novel with intelligent leads, engaging children and a interesting premise. Then as soon as the book hits the first sex scene the male lead (who was formerly an man of integrity with respect for women) turns into a patronising a$$$hole with no regard (other than to get into her pants) for the female lead. Although who can blame him really when she turns from a highly intelligent woman into a desperate bimbo. The dialogue between them from then on was so unbelievable as to be laughable as well as insulting to women (I refer to his incredibly patronising "my little virgin" comment. I have no objection to romance and/or sex scenes but only when it is done appropriately and stays true to the genre. Gail Carriger (also a steampunk author) managed to pull off sex scenes without making them feel like they have been plucked from a 21st century Mills and Boons book so it can be done.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light steampunk romance June 29, 2013
By Vilia
Format:Kindle Edition
Sir Merrick Hadrian, a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, is skilled in magick and technology but completely undone by five kids. They saved his life when he was hunting vampires and he decided to take them in, partly out of gratitude and partly so he could hone their skills. These fairly wild children soon turn his house upside down and he discovers he needs a governess tout de suit. Enter Miss Caroline "Caro" Bristol aka Mary Poppins. Caro is able to sooth the savage little beasts with great aplomb but finds Merrick much harder to handle.

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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN FUN FUN!!!! March 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not my first Cindy Spencer Pape novel, but despite how much I love her Motor City Books, I think this might be my favorite. This is a fast-paced tale of magick, wizards, werewolves and vampyres (not your Edward Cullen sort, more your giant fiends with filthy talons) during a time of clockwork pets and steam power.
Our heroine is Caroline and she's a wily one. While she understands (but doesn't truly accept) the nature of her position as a governess in society, she does everything humanly possible to maintain some sort of dignity and retain some power over her life and her destiny. This made me really happy, because often times, authors will write a historical heroine from a modern perspective. They behave in outlandish ways with a contemporary sensibility that would at worst get them killed and at best arrested or ostracized during Victorian times. Caroline is forced to live in the confines of society, but manages to end around them a bit, and refuses to allow herself to become a victim.
Our hero is Merrick and he's a real swashbuckler. He's a member of the Order of the Round Table, which is a secret society of men who hunt the monsters (including the human variety) plaguing the city. When he recruits young Tommy to move in with him and become his apprentice, things get hectic. See, Tommy comes with some baggage. Namely, the rest of the Wapping Street urchins. Merrick can't possibly handle his instant family alone, so he calls on the lovely Miss Caroline Bristol to help.
I really enjoyed this book so much. The children added merry mayhem to the tale, and the love story between Merrick and Caroline was filled with tension and fun. It also had a feminist sensibility that I loved. Cindy Spencer Pape did a great job mixing the elements of steampunk and paranormal here and I can't wait to read her next offering!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
Exciting, titillating, romantic, adventurous, and so very, very amusing. I so thoroughly enjoyed this first installment of The Gaslight Chronicles that I paused in reading it only... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Heinrich
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice fantasy romance.
Charming story, nicely written. A nice pleasant read with a few gentle twists & a bit of fancy fantasy. Fun.
Published 2 months ago by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Smile!
Very enjoyable! Good paranormal/steampunk adventure with a heartwarming gang of street kids saved from the streets of London, the noble knight that rescued them and their beautiful... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rann
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this Generic steampunk cash-grab
This novel fits it's boring title perfectly. It contains both steam powered machines, magic, and it is incredibly generic and bland. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Madison Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent steampunk
Vampires, robots, magic, dirigibles - what more can you ask for?! Excellent characters, fun storyline with enough surprises and a very, very interesting world setup with both... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr Anton Chuvakin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought! But very good
This was a very interesting book. It had a little bit too much "sex" in it but the murder mystery story itself was really well written and I liked the characters.
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Started strong, but fizzled
Possible Minor Spoilers ahead:

Steam & Sorcery is a bit uneven. The beginning was very interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BookWyrm
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining beginning to end...
A little magic, a little love, a bunch of fun characters, battles between good and evil, and a good, heart warming story. It doesn't get much better than this....
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured by Steampunk
I haven't read Steampunk before, I thought I wouldn't like he genre - shows just how much I know.

This was a terrific read, the characters are lovable and the storyline... Read more
Published 5 months ago by chb-book addict
2.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
When a book combines streamlining, magic and steamy romance, you know it is a winner. This book totally transported me to an alternate time and place. LOVELY book!
Published 5 months ago by Jean L. Constable
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More About the Author

Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and brings that to her writing. Award-winning author of the best-selling Gaslight Chronicles, she has released more than fifty novels and stories.

Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, two sons, a granddaughter, and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found 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 or her blog, www.cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com.

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