Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles #2)
As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.
Amy Deland is haunted by a shadow that appears in some of her recent portraits. In each...more
Paranormal Romance in 1800s Brighton, where magic exists, as do "vampyres", "rogue mages", and apparently, "goblin invasions". Sorcerer/Aristocrat Marquess Kendall Lake is directed to investigate a mysterious paranormal occurrence plaguing the niece of his magic Order's most powerful sorcerer. He discovers a surprisingly [to him] attractive, and [coincidentally] single young woman photographer plagued by a curse [the subjects of her photos keep dying, oh my!]. Magic and mys...more
Photographs & Phantoms once again begins with a confirmed bachelor. K...more
The sights of Brighton were vivid in my mind because I’ve been there, so it was a great bonus to discover the book is set there. I loved the “old” feel, the clothes, the people, the way they behaved. One...more
In addition to the romance and the paranormal and st...more
In this short story we get to meet new characters while renewing our acquaintances with old friends. The Hadrian brood puts in a boisterous appearance... really, though, would you expect anything less from them? As fun as it is seeing them again, it's Kendall and A...more
Set in Brighton, England in 1855, this Steam Punk romance is full of paranormal elements and romance. Lord Kendall Lake, a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, has been sent by his father to check on one Miss Amelie Deland, the niece of the most powerful sorcerer in...Read More
Set in Brighton, England in 1855, this Steam Punk romance is full of paranormal elements and romance. Lord Kendall Lake, a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, has been sent by his father to check on one Miss Amelie...more
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley, free to preorder on Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1.5, Gaslight Chronicles
Steam Level: Steamy
This tasty little short story is book 1.5 of the Gaslight Chronicles, sequel to Steam & Sorcery, which was a story that I loved so much that I gave it a 4...more
A) I needed a steampunk book for my monthly reading challenge
B) I saw that someone else in the grow was reading these books
C) It was free
And I really enjoyed it.
The PLOT- Amy, a modern thinking photographer, is seeing some disturbing images in some of her more recent photographs. Enter Kendall, a charming and handsome (and SINGLE!!) man sent to help her with her problem. After determining that there is a malevolent...more
Photographs & Phantoms is a period piece set in Brighton, England in the 1850’s. While it is touted as a steam punk novel, I saw it as more of a historical romance with a hint of the paranormal. The steam punk elements felt secondary to the story. Sure, there were the requisite dirigibles, and a few other devices like wheel barrows with feet rather than wheels, but for me it felt more like a romance.
This short novella is the story of Amy Deland, a photographer. Amy has noticed that some of...more
Photographs & Phantoms is pretty much your standard romance short story. There is the girl with the problem, in this case a ghost that seems to target clients she takes photographs of, and there is the awesome-wizard-guy that comes to save her. And while he's playing Superinvestigator, they fall in love.
The mystery was actually pretty good, I liked how everything came together in the end. Although I think the ending was quite abru...more
Once again, Cindy has created a world so rich and alive that I could almost hear the whir of the motors from the various gadgets. I really liked these characters a lot.
I really wished that this story was much longer though. However, I really think that she did a great job with the story...more
The only reason I didn't give this five stars was because I was left wanting more. I wanted more growth and...more
Besides that, the plot itself was very basic and minimal, wrapped up entirely too quickly to really be anyth...more
I'm quite fond of steampunk, so it was a no brainer that I was going to pick this one up. The cover was quite interest...more
I'm afraid that it's becoming a trend to add sex scenes that don't have anything to do with the plot and are stuck in more or less willy-nilly (that's a joke).
I read it for the steampunk and magic connection. If I wanted erotica, I would have felt better if it were clear that this contained graphic sex. Yeah, sometimes I like to read it, and...more
That's really the most important word, if you're considering reading this. Don't get me wrong, CSP did a great job( better than most, really) shrinking an entire story to the confines of a short story...but she did it by moving things faster than the speed of light( or there's about) . Everything happened too quick, even compared to other novellas I've read, so much so, that with an average reading speed, and if you can concentrate, you can finish it in an hour or so.
It's not bad, there...more
All in all a short sweet fun and entertaining read...and for me a good mini introduction to...more
Lord Kendall Lake is a member of the Order of the Round Table on assignment regarding some supernatural occurrences at a photography studio owned by Amy Deland, the niece of the Order's most
powerful member. Amy's photographs are the common link in a series of recent unexplained deaths and Lord Kendall has been dispatched to investigate the case. Kendall expects Ms. Deland to be an old maid but when he sees she's a young at...more
This really didn't feel like 'steampunk' fiction to me either. I didn't even know it was labeled as such until after I had already read the book and saw the other reviews on Goodreads. I can see why it would be called steampunk though- the guy with the metal arm who makes trinkets and the camera. I get it, I do.
But I don't think the author put enough emphasis on the mecha...more
I give it 5 stars and recommend it to all lovers of fantasy romance, especially if you’re int...more
Too bad, the plot (a photographer's subjects keep dying...are her photos foretelling the future, or are they somehow causing the people to die) was intriguing.
Maybe this is normally filed under erotica, I dunno. ("Spread your legs and show me how wet you are." kind of moves it beyond romance in my book.) Fair game if so.
However I got it as a freebie and it wasn'...more
Now the book itself: It's too short for the plot, too weak, the characters are quite plain, the villain too quickly and suddenly made out, without letting the reader think about who it might be - or not, the final solution and ending are very abrupt....more