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" Saintcrow scores a hit with this terrific Steampunk series that rockets through a Britain-that-wasn't with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time." - Patricia Briggs
"Saintcrow...never fails to deliver excitement." --- Romantic Times
"Lyrical language and movie-worthy fight scenes are staples in Saintcrow's novels, and this one is no exception." --- midwestbookreview.com
"Lilith Saintcrow's foray into steampunk plunges the reader into a
Victorian England rife with magic and menace, where clockwork horses
pace the cobbled streets, dragons rule the ironworks, and it will take a
sorceress' discipline and a logician's powers of deduction to unravel a
bloody conspiracy." -- Jacqueline Carey
"Saintcrow melds a complex magic system with a subtle but effective steampunk society, adds fully-fleshed and complicated characters, and delivers a clever and highly engaging mystery that kept me turning pages, fascinated to the very end." -- Laura Anne Gilman
"Innovative world building, powerful steam punk, master storyteller at her best. Don't miss this one....She's fabulous. "
--- Christine Feehan
"Lilith Saintcrow spins a world of deadly magic, grand adventure, and fast-paced intrigue through the clattering streets of a maze-like mechanized Londonium. The Iron Wyrm Affair is a fantastic mix of action, steam, and mystery dredged in dark magic with a hint of romance. Loved it! Do not miss this wonderful addition to the steampunk genre."
--- Devon Monk --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : December 1, 2012
- Print Length : 306 pages
- Publisher : Orbit (December 1, 2012)
- File Size : 701 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007ZGBWJ0
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #390,551 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sheriff Jack Gabriel headed Westron to escape his past, cloaking his identity behind a lawman's badge, a lazy drawl, and a manner that brooked no questions. He never expected the new schoolmarm to be so pretty or so wholly unsuited for life in a town constantly stalked by the threat of an undead uprising. The more he gets to know the delightfully stubborn Cat, the more he begins to dream of a future outside Damnation's borders. But dark forces threaten Jack's plans, and the cursed mancey (magic) swirling around Cat's search for her missing brother threatens to exact a sacrifice far greater than either is willing to pay.
After falling in love with Saintcrow's first entertaining and evocative steampunnk recreation of Victorian London in The Iron Wyrm Affair, I was left eager for sequels. In an interesting twist, Saintcrow chose to bridge the release of her first and second Bannon & Clare books with this full-length e-book set in the same universe, but halfway across the world with an entirely new cast of characters. The time period may be the same, but the manner in which magic, sorcery, and steampunk technology is employed is wholly new, fresh, and engaging. In the nineteenth-century Westron "New World" that passes for America, the culture of magic is rawer, less refined, and therefore more unpredictable. Saintcrow also adds a layer of religious faith, marrying a traditional 19th-century Christian worldview with the rules of mancey and charter-symbols that make her world-building so richly-drawn and fascinating.
Now I typically avoid prairie-themed romances, but Saintcrow's twisted take on the tropes of the genre is irresistable. Cat is the missish schoolmarm, wholly unprepared for the rigors of Westron life -- but determined to thrive and fearless when it comes to utilizing her magic Practicality, even if it means sacrificing her Reputation. Jack is the dedicated lawman, deliciously uncertain around women of Cat's ilk, and hiding a secret that threatens to destroy his place in Damnation. The two spar constantly, and electric chemistry between two such polar opposites kept my fingers flying to turn pages. This tale is more romance-heavy than its predecessor, and given the secrets involved and threats standing in the way of a happily ever after, I became quickly invested in the future of their will-they-or-won't-they relationship.
The Damnation Affair is a fast-paced, romantic adventure set in Saintcrow's deliciously eclectic, revisionist 19th-century world. While the impetus behind the undead menace is somewhat hazily realized, I loved Saintcrow's twist on zombie lore (a tad reminiscent of the recent film Warm Bodies) and its use as a threat in territories barely settled is wholly fitting to the tenor of the time period. While I enjoyed The Iron Wyrm Affair, I absolutely loved this book. Perfectly paced, thoroughly entertaining, and peopled with engaging characters set against the backdrop of a rich mythology, The Damnation Affair is my favorite Saintcrow novel yet. I loved this book -- and can only, desperately hope that Saintcrow will revisit Cat & Jack in sequels.
There are a great many strengths to this book. The author has created a detailed alternate Old West full of magic and zombies and other dangers. It was atmospheric, dark, gothic; the clothing and manners felt Victorian to me (and appropriate to the Steampunk genre); the language was different enough to be alien, but not so strange as to be murky or cumbersome (I hate it when an author creates Proper names and place names and other story vocabulary so complex that I struggle to keep it all straight!)
I'm rating this book four stars because I feel that my ambivalence is due to a personal preference for a different type of ending for the book and not because of any lack in the writing.
I have Lilith Saintcrow's THE IRON WYRM AFFAIR in my to-be-read pile (purchased earlier because I've enjoyed many other of Saintcrow's books) and I'm curious to see what direction the author has taken that series!
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And then, just when I was wondering how the author was going to resolve everything in the few remaining chapters, she didn't. No resolution, no tidying up: instead the heroine and hero, separately, meet the same Dire Fate and end up in San Francisco (or its equivalent). It's rather as if the whole book has been the backstory for a vampire novel which I wouldn't actually want to read. All that buildup, and nothing to show for it.
This has been my second Saintcrow read. The woman can write, I shall definitely read more, but I shall read the reviews too next time.
I understand that it's somewhat a compromise between happy ending and a dark, more"realistic" ending to this story, but it feels fetched and like Author run out of steam...