Kindle Daily Deals: Steampunk!

Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot..

I’ve had this book on my Amazon Wish List for a while because my library hasn’t gotten it in its collection. Over the past year or so, I’ve read a good portion of Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series about a woman who hunts and kills demons and all types of supernatural bad sorts as a contract killer for the Catholic church and a consultant for the police department in the city where she lives.

I have mixed feelings about the books. Mostly I like them, but the dynamics between Jill and her love interest, Saul, got a little tedious after a while. Also, Kismet wears leather coats that Saintcrow has to constantly describe as “creaking” and she wears silver charms in her hair that warn her of the presence of demons. Those charms are always making noises as well, clicking together, tinkling, etc. It sounds like such a petty thing to dislike but the noises are like a worrisome hangnail and after four or five books I just wanted to rip it out. Okay! I get it , her leather creaks, her charms tinkle and click. Those demons must hear her coming from a mile away.

Despite those little annoyances, Saintcrow has great world building techniques and I generally like her characters, even the bad ones. Therefore, I thought I’d give The Iron Wyrm Affair a chance. Plus, it’s only $1.99, AND it’s steampunk, so, winner-winner-chicken-dinner.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cdsquee
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 18:53:46

    As the person who pushed the Kismet series on Boss Squee, I’d also recommend Ms. saintcrow’s Dante Valentine series. Another great world building exercise. I’d commend the author on knowing how to build a story arc and finishing with a great conclusion (please note that J. butcher may disregard the previous sentence as he is never allowed to leave me without Harry Dresden).


  2. squee1313
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 22:43:47

    Amen. Harry is never allowed to die.


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