- Series: Blood and Destiny
- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Rambunctious Ramblings; 1 edition (September 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0578169924
- ISBN-13: 978-0578169927
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,986,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
E.C. Jarvis is a British author working mainly in speculative and fantasy fiction genres. For the last thirteen years, Jarvis has been working her way through the ranks of the accountancy profession in various industries. During ten of those years she has also been writing."It was always a hobby. I'd knock a poem out every now and then, or enter something into a short story competition, with very little success, but that never stopped me. There has always been an underlying need to write. It comes and goes with varying intensity, but it's always there, like an itch that needs to be scratched."Her first success at publishing was a poem in a collection titled Fear Itself published by Forward Poetry in 2012. Following a three year hiatus where she "couldn't even bring myself to write a shopping list", 2015 saw a turnaround that has seen her complete four full novels, gain a publishing contract, win a number of online writing competitions and is on track to complete her first series.She lives in Hampshire, England with her husband and daughter and cat.
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She learns to operate the Professor's balloon driven airship, and takes to the skies in search of her suitor..
She emerges as a natural leader, and in her new role she attracts a different sort of lover. Holt is around Larissa's age and he is on his own like she is. He pushes her to meet impossible challenges as a warrior and as a survivor, just as he pushes himself. He has her back in battle, but he does not expect to tie her down in an undemanding domestic role.
Jarvis injects unexpected moments of humor into romance and into intrigue. Two minor characters, the Bill-Murray-like engineer Cid, and Imago the cat, provide constant comic relief as well.
This is a fun story with good guys and bad guys, but none of the characters ever feel like stick figures. Pirates can be good, and scientists and clerics can be evil. In this world where social constraints have broken down, the realities of rape and torture are not glossed over, but mercifully Jarvis fades to black rather than describing atrocities in detail.
Jarvis is an amazing writer. Her prose is lively and fresh, and she never hits a false note.
Great characters, an engrossing story and terrific writing: What's not to love about this book?
Jarvis has created a remarkable and thorough alternate reality to our own, and yet you're never drowned in dreamy exposition about it. It all just comes along naturally as the story unfolds, as it should with good writing.
But this isn't the place for that, this is about Jarvis' excellent first installment of the Blood and Destiny series, and it's a damn fine addition to the rolls of steampunk series. Swashbuckling characters, an absolutely despicable villain, a bit of romance, and writing that just breezes past your eyes and makes this a very quick and enjoyable read. What more could you ask from a novel? I really enjoyed reading Larissa's journey from humble shop clerk to newly minted airship captain. She's a great character, and I'm looking forward to reading more about her adventures. I've already got the rest of the series waiting in my kindle.
Like I said, this is a very fast read, and once you're hooked you'll probably get through this pretty damn quickly, since Jarvis is such a good writer and has crafted such a compelling tale. But don't worry, there are 3 more novels in this series, so you don't have to worry about any sort of Martin-esque delay between novels, so you'll be able to find out what else happens to 'Rissa very quickly. And that's a damn good thing.
If you're a fan of steampunk(even with a bit of "steamypunk", like I said, there's a bit of romance, hehe) then read this book and get hooked on the Blood and Destiny series. Put on your goggles and your finest Victorian attire, brew a nice pot of tea, settle in and enjoy.
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A swashbuckling adventure of immense proportions. Set in a world of machines and steam, a woman becomes caught in the adventure of a life...Read more