Now that a monstrous London machine has stolen the clouds from the sky, Asher Connor survives by selling his mercenary skills to transport water across York’s wasted moorland. Until his unit is attacked by a pack of Tamer-controlled wolves, and his ingenious mechanical arm fails.
He awakens, surprised to find he’s...more
The author chose words and descriptives for the flowery effect rather than making the story readable and the flow smooth. For instance, concupiscence was use instead of the far simpler -lust. Now I am all about increasing my vocabulary but not so much when I am in the middle of a story and have to keep using my dictionary (thank god for electronic readers). I went to college too, b...more
The MC has a brass arm and it wasn't even mentioned if it was the left are the right arm. I stopped around 28%; somewhere in chapter 2.
Maybe I will revisit this at a later date...but probably not.
ETA Its like I was only getting a piece of a story. Like where is the rest of it? I really don't even want to know, now! I think this could have been a great story if there was ac...more
What Asher is expecting from life right in that moment is basically nothing: stranded in the middle of nowhere and wounded, he is only waiting for a merciful death; inste...more
Once there, Asher discovers that this little home town has some secrets-with Gabriel at the center of them. His interest is piqued and so he finds himself trying to discover just what is going on; especially when...more
Their first bond is formed in battle, in the sharing of the blood of their enemies, and the fighting leads to sex. Asher's is the only poin...more
Sadly, I couldn't give this book a higher rating because it was a bit difficult to get through due to a lot of the sentences being bogged down by far too many words. I hope this problem gets ironed out in other stories because I definitely would like to read more by Grey.
Asher is a mercenary, hired to defend a water tank on its way through the dried - out lands. But his party was wiped out by brigands,leaving Asher the sole survivor, albeit with meager chances to remain that way. Until a passing stranger, Gabriel, takes him on.
Joining forces in a fight against more enemies brings Asher and G...more
I was dragged into Asher and Gabriel's world from the beginning, and enjoyed every minute of it, despite the language seeming a bit too poetic at times, making me stand still instead of moving with it. Asher and Gabriel's meeting and subsequent evolving relationship was refreshing and interesting.
Still... Wouldn't mind another view i...more
This is a great world. The first part of the novella focuses on the rough life in the British countryside which has been turned into a desert where water is scarce and people kill for it. This brutal frontier town setting was a great introduction to the rugged and stoic Asher. The second half of the novella is set in London with the spider apparatus looming over the city. I love the steampunk elemen...more
The story reads like a very good first draft, but draft nonetheless. All the elements of the good story are there, but they lack depth, probably due to its length. The world - post-apocalyptic, filled with amazing machinery, dark inventions and fantastical beings - lacks background and the readers are forced to fill the gaps themselves. What happened to the world? Why was Apparatus made? Who are the Tamers? What role the ogres and other beings have? These are just some of the unanswere...more
I liked Gabriel's energetic personality, and the way both men tried to remain mysterious while becoming friends. Their strange little spat of jealousy was both cute and frustrating, but kept at a decent length so that I never wanted to throw the book across the room as I so oft...more
A quick read that was much better than I was expecting - especially once I realised it was M/M.
There was a gripping story with characters who were both complex and mysterious. A dystopian future London that was unrecognizable and a steampunk milieu. The author was skilled enough to evoke this richly without an overabundance of detail. I loved the little owl, Athena.
There is much more to this world and I hope the author comes back, I need more details! And more backstory, I recommend this and the price tag of under $3 is a plus.
The action sequences got my pulse to racing, and the scene of the two heroes in the back room at a bar positively sizzled. I loved Athena, the clockwork owl.
And that cover! Whoa! Gorgeous....more
If this was intended as a complete story, I would be flummoxed. There is good stuff here, but it needs to be expanded and fleshed out. I love the characters and the setting, but want...more
Her interests vary from painting to photography, from sewing to acting; whe...more