- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Series: The Aether Chronicles (Book 2)
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Flux (August 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780738733029
- ISBN-13: 978-0738733029
- ASIN: 0738733024
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,786,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charmed Vengeance (The Aether Chronicles) Paperback – August 8, 2013
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The second book in the Aether Chronicles delivers on the promise of Innocent Darkness (2012). Heartbroken after being apparently rejected by fey-next-door V, Noli accompanies her brother, Jeff, aboard the pirate airship he crews. Noli’s internal sprite fights her natural interests in mechanics, and the ensuing schizophrenia is realized with humor and pathos. Women’s rights get a big shout-out with this episode as well, as Jeff’s airship is captained by a woman who has no time for frills. A kidnapping ring targeting children, V’s own struggles to reconnect with Noli, and Noli’s eventual sickness by enchantment all figure into a wonderful steampunk adventure. Grades 7-10. --Francisca Goldsmith
"[Lazear's] imagination soars as high as her airship, and it will have readers hooked." --Kirkus Reviews
"Lazear's second Aether Chronicles title is a thrilling, non-stop read ... with strong action and lots of angst." --RT Book Reviews
"A wonderful steampunk adventure." --Booklist Online
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So this is how Charmed Vengeance basically kicks off, Noli has just been heartbroken by V, and on top of that her grandfather has shown up and wants to take Noli and her mother back to Boston. Noli can't bear the thought of living in Boston and being paraded around in front of men to hopefully get a husband. So instead of going with them, she runs off with her brother, Jeff to be an engineer on his pirate airship the Vixen's Revenge. V has been summoned to complete his favor for the Queen which involves, breaking Noli's heart, and then finding the Queen amusement, he sets on this quest with his heart broken brother James. Then there is Kevighn who is dealing with being banished to the mortal world.
Yeah, ALOT is going on in Charmed Vengeance (and what I tell you above is just the tip of the iceberg). This book was more fast paced than book one, had a little more action, more adventure, just honestly had a little bit more of everything. After reading book two I am seriously dying to get my hands on book three in the series. Not just because the ending to two was seriously epic, but also because if book one was awesome...book two was even more awesome...than I can only hope and wish that book three is going to be EVEN BETTER (if that's possible)!
One of my favorite parts of this novel was some of the new characters added in, the main one being Jeff , Noli's brother. We get to meet him in Charmed Vengeance, and I adored him to bits. He is such a caring brother, and not only did I love him as a brother towards Noli, but just him as a character in general. I found him to be funny, sweet, caring, and I loved how he was all for his sister not being a lady and being a bad ass instead. Besides Jeff I also loved seeing development and learning more about the characters I already loved from Innocent Darkness. Charmed Vengeance has made me very excited to get to know the characters even more in the next installment.
I don't want to say too much in this review, mainly cause I don't want to give anything away. But if you have read Innocent Darkness, then you need to pick up Charmed Vengeance. This book was all around even better than book one and will leave you dying for book three. If you have yet to read the Aether series...well then wth are you doing here? GO PICK UP THIS SERIES!! It is hands down a new favorite of mine, Suzanne is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read book three in the series, and then to read every book she comes out with after that.
The High Queen of The Otherworld has set Steven a challenge. He spends much of the book working to accomplish this quest. His brother James is along to help him.
Noli is on something of a quest of her own, working with her brother the air pirate we only heard about in the first book.
My own favourite character, Kevighn, is also on a journey of sorts. His fascination with Noli continues.
If you’ve read any of my reviews anywhere, you’ll know I don’t discuss plot in any depth at all. I will continue that policy here.
This is a worthy second novel in this series. It’s lots of fun. As I said earlier, character development is a priority in this one. We learn more about the characters as they grow and mature.
The first half of the book, unfortunately is riddled with small errors. Missing words, mostly. For example, from page three: “It was difficult not to sigh, even though she was used such comments by now.” The second half is much cleaner. Because I’m a copy-editor, these little errors strike me more than they might most people.
Did I enjoy the book? Oh my, yes. I’ve already ordered the third book.
The themes and the writing as well as the characters are well-worth your time – even if, like me, you read very little Young Adult material.
Noli is still trying to come to terms with the sprite that evil Queen Tiana put in her head. She is battling for possession of her mind and body. Sprites aren't very smart and are very attracted to the shiny and pretty things. Noli wants to be an engineer. This creates quite a conflict for her. She is also rebelling against the societal notion that all girls of her class need to be married to achieve their proper place in society. After V is forced to break their bond by his mother, evil Queen Tiana, Noli adds heartbreak to the mix. She is offered a place on the Vixen's Revenge where her brother is first mate as an engineer which seems the best thing for her to do until V finds a way for them to be together.
V, aka Steven or Stiofan, is on a journey of his own. He is sent by Queen Tiana on a quest for an unusual amusement. All the while, she is hoping that he will die on the quest and has encouraged all fae on Earth to "help" them which in her terms means to hinder them without killing them. Putting them in a situation that might kill them is all right with her, though. V takes his brother James along as a helper and to help him get back to his life instead of constantly mourning his lost love.
Kevighn Silver has the third thread of this novel. Kevighn is an interesting character. He is an exile. He has worked as a hunstman for Queen Tiana finding and luring young girls with the Spark to the Otherworld to be sacrifices which are needed to keep the Otherworld functioning. He first met Noli when he was sent to bring her to the Otherworld but then fell in love with her.
These three journeys come together first when Noli and Kevighn both end up on the Vixen's Revenge and when one of the children they rescue from a human trafficking ring is an abducted child V and James and trying to bring back to her father in exchange for an automaton for the queen. However, V and Noli don't meet because her friends on the ship, knowing that V broke her heart, keep them from meeting.
The journeys also come together because another task of the Vixen's Revenge is locating objects for buyers. They have found some hidden fae artifacts and are preparing to sell them to King Brogan. When Noli and Kevighn get a look at them and know that King Brogan will use them for evil purposes. Kevighn takes them to the Ciarán who is the dark king who, he feels, will use them for the good of the Otherworld.
Unfortunately, King Brogan vows to take revenge when they sell his artifacts to someone else. Brogan is V's uncle and the one who deposed and exiled his father. V is waiting until he reaches adulthood to challenge him for the return of his throne. New, he can no longer wait to challenge his uncle.
I enjoyed the writing in this story. I like the world building which combines steampunk with magic and the fae. I like the characters and am enjoying watching them grow and change. I look forward to the third book in this trilogy to see how the plot is resolved.