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Tin Swift (The Age of Steam Book 2) Kindle Edition
Life on the frontier is full of deceit and danger, but bounty hunter Cedar Hunt is a man whose word is his bond. Cursed with becoming a beast every full moon, Cedar once believed his destiny was to be alone. But now Cedar finds himself saddled with a group of refugees, including the brother he once thought lost.
Keeping his companions alive is no easy task, in part because of a promise he made to the unpredictable Madder brothers—three miners who know the secret mechanisms of the Strange. To keep his word, Cedar must navigate betrayal, lies, and treacherous alliances, and risk everything to save the lives of those he has come to hold dear.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0073XV7G8
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (July 3, 2012)
- Publication date : July 3, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 993 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #278,726 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I have to say I was surprised and mystified by the so-so reviews.
I'm 68, a retired trial lawyer, and a voracious reader for about 63 years. I really didn't know how I'd feel about Dead Iron, which was the first in this series as I'd never read and had no clear idea what "Steam Punk" was about.
All I have to say is buy these books and read them. Confusing? Well, complex, perhaps. Didn't pull someone in right away? Subtle in places, I'd say. Monk takes time to build her characters and set up her situations. Rich characterization, yes. Language that sings and signals and plays. Again Rich is a good word to use. Great story-telling with multi dimentional characters yes.
The writer pulls in different directions, and then merges the multiple story lines. She doesn't leave anything hanging. The ends get tied up and then the story lines and characters move out in new directions. I find her writing satisfying. Very satisfying. For my tastes, better than Justin Cronin, who seems unable to have a character sneeze in less than 1,000 words.
Writing reviews is not my forte'. Neither is spelling. Not important. Just buy the books and read them. They are worth the money and the time. Right now I'm looking to find the next book's release time so I can order it.
I would - and do - recommend this series to anyone who loves the old west, to anyone who loves steampunk, to anyone wanting to dip a toe into either, but especially to anyone who loves to read. Devon Monk is an exquisite writer!
Again, the setting is an alternate steampunk version of America and the westward expansion, as it never was, of course, but as it is cleverly re-imagined to have been. The book begins with the same group of players from "Dead Iron," on their journey to take the witch, Mae, back to her coven who are calling (forcing) her home through some pretty wicked mind games that nearly destroy her. This doesn't sit well with our hero, Cedar Hunt, who is definitely sweet on Mae. And their journey is made even harder by the evil Mr. Shunt, who has managed to pull himself back together-literally, with needle and thread-in order to chase them down and wreak havoc at every turn. (Did I mention that Mr. Shunt is one of the scariest Bad Guys I've ever read about? Geesh, he makes me shiver!)
Battles and drama ensue, and new characters are introduced, and all done with a flair for pulling readers into this world. Devon Monk has a way with words that I really enjoy. She often uses very elegant phrasing to describe the most ordinary of things. Height: "Hink scraped up a full six foot, three inches..." Daybreak: "Dawn had taken the bruise off the night..." The sky: "Morning had chalked clouds across the sky." I purely love unexpected phrases of this nature, so the book gets an extra point for that style of writing alone.
If you are only familiar with Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, you might be very surprised with this one. The Age of Steam series shows a completely different side of Monk's writing skills. Her voice is stronger, her prose more eloquent, and the excitement and pacing much, much better. At least in my opinion, which I get to express here, because hey...my review!
If you want your rip-roaring adventures to coincide with some well-developed characters and thoughtful relationships, this series is loads of fun. The Age of Steam is completely addictive!
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