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
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
Besides that, the plot itself was very basic and minimal, wrapped up entirely too quickly to really be anyth ...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
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
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
But then there's the romance. Specifically, the physical scenes.
First of all, if you're going to have confirmed-singleton heroes fall in love and reverse a large part of their personalities in 2 ...more
The beginning was really good, too. The world building was promising and the characters, too. But pretty soon after guy met girl, it devolved into a soft porn story.
If that is your cup of tea, go for it. I, however, would have liked a lot less of that. Like, a lot less. It felt cheap. And right when that all started ...more
This was a book with few pages, so the story came a bit rushed out. The setting of the story was brief and the main characters could be better developed, even the mystery had an easy solution. I was a shame. The ideas was really good. I liked more of this story than of the debut of the series. But its lacked more scenes, time with the characters and a ...more
Photographs & Phantoms once again begins with a confirmed bachelor. K ...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
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
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
Lord Kendall Lake is dispatched to ...more
Though I've bumped it up here because the writing and style are still good.
Even if the 'premise' of the story annoyed me slightly.
I was looking forward to more of a steampunk mystery or adventure. And ended up with romance.
Not exactly my favorite genre. Where I do not mind romance within a novel, I find that romance as the main plot is just not for me.
Having said this, photographs & Phantoms bugged me more than usual.
Our protagonists are both single, ...more
an alternate history that involves technology not yet invented but that could have been used in history
steam engines, for whatever reason
usually set during the Victorian era with strong hints of futuristic technologies and/or supernatural entities
I have read steampunk before and while I don't love it, there are some quite crafty steampunk novels floating around (namely t ...more
Kendall Lake, member of the Order of the Round Table, is sent to find out why Amy Deland sees phantoms in her photographs. The people who have the shadow surround them on the photograph end up dying fairly quickly. Amy doesn’t know if she is causing the people to die or if she is somehow seeing the future.
Kendall and Amy are presented in broad brush strokes and their relationship heats up incredibly quickly – as in you blink and they are love. I didn’t think the lov ...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
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
In addition to the romance and the paranormal and st ...more