Steam & Sorcery (Gaslight Chronicles #1)
Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.
Sir Merrick is a Knight of The Order of the Round Table. His job is to hunt vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night. While investigating the disappearance of a group of young women he gets some help from an unlikely source. A band of street urchins step in and help him battle a group of vampires and free the young women.
When he detects magical power in them he brings them into his home. But they are a ragtag lot and run riot. Merrick needs a governess.
Caroline finds it...more
It wouldn't be entirely true to say that Steam & Sorcery is Jane Eyre with a mechanical Kraken.
Much like a Mechanized, gun-toting Abraham Lincoln: It would blow your mind!
Because, firstly, there are no mechanical Kraken in this novel and because it's more like a SteamPunk The Sound of Music only a little less awesome than even that would be.
Still, it's quite fun and fresh. Not quite the Gothic...more
Merrick Hadrian is a knight of the Order of the Round table, descendants from Arthur's knights, who fight vampyres (they are called vampyres here...with a y...cause it's cool....you know?).
On one of his vampyre hunting trips, Merrick gets rescued by a bunch of...more
Steam & Sorcery starts off strong and seems to be heading on the path to some interesting destinations, but unfortunately it never quite makes it. The story open...more
I purchased this book because I felt like I needed to read something light, fluffy, preferably with some colourful, sympathetic characters, a shining hero to swoon over and an imaginative setting. Well, Steam and Sorcery delivered perfectly on that account. I really enjoyed myself, when I began reading, but after a...more
First off, I loved the children. They each had their own s...more
I liked a few things about the fantasy, but the romance was underwhelming. I mean really - very much more powerful/higher status male who's totally smitten and planning to marry the poor, abused governess, but just doesn't tell her about it? Her determination to be with him while she can, knowing her heart will be broken when he leaves her doesn't cause the necessary heart-string tugging when the reader knows he's just -- uh, waiting for the perfect moment? Didn't find the sex scenes v...more
Finally! A Steampunk novel that includes both airships and welding goggles (albeit in very small doses)! One thing that bugs me with the explosion of so called “Steampunk romances” these days are the stories where the steampunk elements are practically nonexistent, or play such a minor part that they merely act as set dressing. Steam & Sorcery, while not as “Steampunk” as, say, The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, does rely heavi...more
ebook, 305 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by Carina Press
ISBN1426891288 (ISBN13: 9781426891281)
Good read-relationship driven plot, with some action elements. Historical setting  with a touch of magic and a steampunk twist - complete with a lord, a governess, and assorted delightful [and oddly talented] children. No mad wife in the attic but it does have a mechanical dog and vampyres...
A group of street children help Sir Merric...more
As a Knight of the Order, Sir Merrick is used to hunting human and animal monsters; but, he is not sure...more
Steam and Sorcery combines steampunk, magic, and paranormal in a satisfying read. Sir Merrick Hadrian is a Knight of the ancient Order of the Round Table. On a mission in the London slums Sir Marrick is saved by a band of five children from an attack of vampyres. When the children offer to help him complete his mission he accepts their help. Recognizing the unique talent in each of the children and the fact that one of them is a Knight he moves them to his home creating chaos. What he needs is a...more
The characters really popped off the pages. I could picture each one in my mind. The descriptions were fantastic. I felt like I was transported another time and place.
At first, I was worried whether she could marry steampunk with magick, but she definitely succeeded beyond my expectations.
I do wished that she...more
I Liked -- Plot: Steampunk is growing into a popular sub-genre, and I have wholeheartedly embraced it. While I like the machinery and the airships and the danger that can go along with steampunk stories, Pape's novel had more of the historical aspect included in the plot, and I always enjoy reading about Regency/Victorian England, so it was just the right thing to capture my attention. There was a great b...more
Miss Bristol has lost her job and is just barely scrapping by on what she's managed so save. She reluctantly takes a job with the nephew of an acquaintance - to help him look after several orphans he took in. Little did she kno...more
The story starts out at a good pace with action right off the bat; Sir Merrick is a Knight in a secret order that protects the rest of the world agains...more
If Steam and Sorcery is an example of Steampunk Romance I’m going to put this genre on my favorites list.
The time is 1851. Queen Victoria is on the throne of England. On the surface the era appears unchanged from the one we know from history. All is not as it seems.
Sir Merrick Hadrian is a Knight of the Round Table. He is descended from Arthur’s original knights - who were were completely different from the knights portrayed in legend. Merrick is gifted with magic. His secre...more
I am not gonna lie, I squealed when I got the galley from Carina Press. I discovered Cindy Spencer Pape’s Motor City Series, and found her writing delightful. Her worldbuilding is immersive, her characters’ chemistry sizzles and her love scenes are hot.
Now, I read lots of paranormal, historical, urban fantasy and spec fic. I have only dabbled in steampunk, and it’s been mixed – some of it I loved, some left me meh. The thing that makes m...more
Cindy Spencer Pape, a new-to-me-author, did a good job with "Steam & Sorcery". Even though there are vampires, they do not dominate the story. Instead, the story focuses more on Sir Merrick Hadrian, a gang of misfit ch...more
The steam technology feels like a tacked on gimmick to take advantage of the popularity of the steampunk genre. The technology doesn't really play any sort of role in the story besides providing a backdrop for a tired romance.
The plot revolves loosely around vampires, I'm sorry, Vampyres, attempting to assemble an old machine that makes a potion that would allow the...more
However, the further I got into the bo...more