by Pauline Creeden
Series: Chronicles of Steele
Publication date: October 28th 2014
Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
As with every book I’ve read by Pauline Creeden so far, it only took a matter of moments for me to fall in deep. I have to say that Raven is my favorite work by Pauline to date. Steampunk rocks my socks off, and I have a major soft spot for reapers, but this story completely blew me away. I’m so glad I was able to read this in one setting instead of having to wait for each episode — although that can be fun, too.
One of my favorite aspects of this story is the spin on reapers. To be completely honest, I was expecting something entirely different going in, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I learned otherwise. For every life taken, one must be saved. Damn, that’s powerful. And not only is it an interesting part of the story, it’s full of purpose. That single rule adds an incredible amount of depth to Raven and Darius’ storyline. Why didn’t I think of writing something like this? Ha!
Raven is a strong female lead, which makes me a happy reader. I’m not a huge fan of books that force a badass female character. In this story, it’s totally believable. Raven is fierce in more ways than one. In ways that truly have meaning.
I have to admit, my mind tends to wander… squirrel!… when there is a lot of detail in a story, but I enjoyed each and every golden nugget. I didn’t skim at all. Not so much as a paragraph! The world-building is so incredibly spot on, I was there. Totally in it.
If you’re a fan of steampunk, fantasy, adventure, romance and a story that instantly grabs you up by the short hairs and won’t let go… this is a a must read! There is something for everyone inside these pages.
~About the Author~
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.
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