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- Publisher: DSP Publications; 1 edition (July 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2016
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- Language: English
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Top Customer Reviews
It’s hard to categorize this book. It’s fantasy; it’s paranormal; it’s M/M romance (not erotica); it’s steampunk; it’s nineteenth century; it’s western. (And I may have missed one or two categories.)
I know a lot of M/M readers will be disappointed because there isn’t any sex and very little romance. But life isn’t all about sex, even though a lot of readers and authors try to make it that way.
All in all, this is a book that you’ll find hard to put down.
As part of a bargain made by the tribe's shaman, Trey and Grey Talon find themselves on a mission to track down a dragon's daughter. But it's not just a simple tracking mission. It's a task that may bring them face-to-face with people more vile and more powerful than they've faced before. The two of them will need to work together, and they'll need to be willing to rely on any extra help they might find along the way.
There's quite a convergence of genre here. There are elements of historical fiction when it comes to place and people. Then one will find some fantasy in the use of magic. There's mythology with the mention of spirits of the elements and dragons. And the mechanical creations that show up early in the book bring in a healthy helping of steampunk. But comes together in a way that really works.
This is one that I finished in a single sitting. Not only is it a relatively easy read, but it's engaging. I had no real desire to put it down and go do something else until it was finished. This is the first book I've read by this author, but I am certainly looking forward to more.
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
Author – A.M. Burns
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 216
Cover – Love it so hard!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes.
Genre – LGBT, Steampunk, Dragon, MM, Magic, Shifters, Western, Alternative History
** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine
As a first in the series (and my first by A.M. Burns) I loved this book. I struggled to place it into one genre or category, but at the same time, although there was a lot going on (Alternative History, Western, Steampunk, Shifters) it never felt too much or over done. It never felt like the author was unnecessarily throwing things into the mix.
The world building is just incredible. I can't even imagine how hard they had to work to get all of it to work together so seamlessly, to make it all seem so natural and logical.
The best thing is that this is suitable for all ages (though I'd probably cut off anyone younger than 14 due to a few fight scenes). There is a sweet, romantic gay relationship between Gray Talon and Trey, but it's never explicit, I don't remember any swearing and the whole thing is very time appropriate – Old West style.
As for the characters, I really loved the two main characters – Gray Talon and Trey – who were strong, intelligent men, in an open gay relationship with no stigma from the People, and who were at the same time sensitive, talented and sympathetic to the plight of others.
Add in the feisty female Sarah, the silent but still intriguing Daphne, and Sherriff Derr and his Deputy Toby there was one heck of a team here. All with their own part to play and all interesting enough to reappear in the next Chronicle of this series. I certainly wouldn't mind reading about any of them in the next book. Which I'll definitely be reading.
Negatives? Meh. A few issues with spelling/grammar and one instant where Sarah first told us the name of her husband (Gary) only for him to be known as Daniel throughout the rest of the book. Negligible stuff and something that will be spotted in final edits, before release, no doubt. Nothing that interfered with my reading, understanding of the plot or with my enjoyment of the story.
Overall, this was a fantastic blend of genres, that took me back to my days of watching John Wayne movies with my dad. It was nostalgic, simple and complex at the same time, well planned, structured and executed as well as thoroughly entertaining.
That cover made me want this the minute I saw it, without even knowing what the book was about. Did it deliver on what the cover promised? You bet your sweet tail it did. Steampunk? Check. Robots? Check. Dragons? Check. Western? Check. Not to mention romance, shape-shifters, ghosts, an all really brilliant, in depth, sympathetic view into the life of Native Americans and their plight with fighting against the Old West White Men who wanted to take over their land.
I could gush about this book for days. Instead, go read it. Then come back and thank me.
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