Dark Vow (Arcane #1)
Obsidian wears the scars of disobeying the powerful Arcane Union. He barely escaped with his life and now l...more
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Expected Release Date: November 14, 2011
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: www.shonahusk.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm
Believe it or not, I think the main thing that kept this story from getting a 4.5 or 5-star rating from me was the romance. I never thought I’d s...more
Dark Vow initially caught my interest because from the desciption it looked to be a steampunk novel, what it turned out to be instead wa...more
Jaines is married to a man who follows the Smith. She and Lance work together in their gun smithy, creating weapons and ammunition for their small community. Lance is out of town when a Bounty Hunter enters the...more
The world is somewhat hard to explain in a review.. It's a rugged world full of horseless buggies and guns and farming. Thus, the western feel. But there's also ten different gods over different trades (for men only.. hrmph.) such as...more
I mean, look at it!
And the blurb!
I had to get this book!
And I did, via NetGalley.
It was a superbly written and it showed how much imagination the author had.
But does my review still sound dull to you?
It does. Why? Because the book left me cold. I could not make myself interested. I wanted to get in to the world, but couldn't. Instead of reading on my kindle I watched clouds outside pretending to read...
It is fine and dandy to pretend-read when it comes to studying and dr...more
Jaines is a really wonderf...more
Mentre suo marito è via in cerca di lavoro in città, come ogni mese, in paese arriva un cacciatore Arcano. G...more
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I really liked the premise of this book for one simple reason, it's about someone who was out seeking to get revenge and ends up having to decide if revenge is worth getting.
Jaines is a really interesting and intriguing character for a lot of reasons. Her husband and her worked as Smiths in the book and although warned by her husband that working...more
No, that’s not true. It wasn’t the setting that hooked me…brilliantly conveyed though it was, using enough of the stereotypes plus a twist to have all the world building rocking in a novella length story. What ma...more
She was never supposed to do it. Jaines Cord should have very politely refused any orders for the Arcane Bounty Hunter. They were too dangerous. Too deadly. It is harder to refuse, though, when the dangerous male is standing right in front of her in the gun smithy she works with her husband. Even so, the Bounty Hunter's request for a very special engraving on a gun with a very evil feel chills Jaines to the core.
Too nervous to decline, and too mindful of the coin the order will bri...more
I really liked this novel, it had an entirely new edge on fantasy fiction which I really enjoyed. It was interesting learning about the Arcane and their various abilities. We are drawn into the story by a tragedy, Jaines is a wounded protagonist who feels she must avenge her husband because of her actions in making the gun. This gun is unlike any other and I love the way the gun has its own feeling and the fact th...more
I really liked this book. It's set in a slightly magical Wild West sort of world, where men follow one of the ten Lords according to their chosen profession. The only people who don't get a choice are women (who follow their husbands Lord) and the Arcane, who are gifted by the Arcane Lord with magic and forced to join the Union. Rogue's are hunted down and killed.
The world building was thorough without an info dump. I always prefer when an author lets th...more
I’m not a great fan of stories that have women as an inferior gender, and the general population that finds this normal and accepting. Normally there is someone who objects, who wants to stand up for woman’s rights. But in Dark Vow this is just the way of it; a woman can’t work unless she’s sponsored by a man, either her husband or father. No one can work unless they’re members of the union, and women can’t be members of the union because their only real purpose is to marry and breed. I found it...more
Her husband always told her not to work for the Arcane and Jaines Cord should have listened. But how could she refuse to work for the Arcane Bounty Hunter who came looking for a skilled smith? A single bullet fired from the very gun she completed for him took her husband and now she's set on making him accountable. An impossible task that will change her life if the Bounty Hunter doesn't kill her too.
When Jaines finds herself stranded in a backwater town...more
The world of Dark Vow is definitely a post-apocalyptic Earth. Someone's grandmot...more
Dark Vow is a fantasy story, a short tale of a widow whose choices brought about the death of her husband. After in inappropriate proposition by the town's lawman, she burns her home and flees, vowing revenge against the bounty hunter who killed her husband.
On the way, she meets Obsidian, a mysterious man who is the very thing she is fighting against. But the two of them create a tenuous alliance, agreeing to help one another get what they want...more
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