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The Tea Demon

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Thief Eric Devon wishes one thing: for people to leave him bloody well alone. And maybe for more whiskey. Until a mysterious stranger offers him a job so dangerous that no one has ever attempted it and survived to tell the tale: recover a priceless object from the Turtle Merchants’ impregnable palace. Intrigued by the man and the challenge, Eric accepts—but the stranger is ...more
ebook, 52 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Wow, this book feels like an adventure of Aladdin, straight from 1001 Arabian nights mythology. There are thrilling adventures and romance, as thief Eric Devon helps a stranger -- who turns out to be an infamous airship captain, Jonathan Tea or is well-known as "Tea Demon" -- to retrieve a priceless object.

Their first meeting is sensual (love the bet, and the outcome of the bet) follows by action (bar fight!). Then there is hot love-making on the airship. Then, the whole planning and getting th
Jan 18, 2012 Simsala rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Simsala by: Vio on a mission...
Shelves: fantasy, short-story, m-m
4-4,5 stars

Lough-out-loud funny and smutty fantasy/steampunk short story...too short! More from these characters and their world,please!
A delightful and clever little story full of fun and mischief that had me smiling the entire way through. Set in a steampunk world of flying ships, pirates and cloud towers, this 50 page story is action-packed from the moment Eric the thief meets Jonathan the Tea Demon. Fine writing, terrific characters, and an actual plot!
3.5 stars

Steampunk short story with a nod to Pratchett's turtle. Never read any steam punk before.

I liked this very much. Liked the characters, world building and the story itself. Ms Grey was able to give due attention to all these, not an easy feat in a short story. A good mixture of action, banter and heat.

This steampunkish fantasy story begins in an electrifying way. Semi-retired professional thief Eric is approached by a stranger in a bar who wants him to steal something for him. After a passionate kiss followed by a bar brawl, Eric accepts and is amazed to discover that he's working for the notorious Tea Demon, scourge of the skies.

This story is a sort of humourous pastiche of pirate/steampunk stories and as such is a little light on some of the details that fans of steampunk usually enjoy. The
May 26, 2014 Giulio rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Giulio by: Sofia

3.5 rounded up.

Funny short steampunk story about a blusterer thief and a moody sexy airship captain. Hot steamy kiss scene at the beginning. I love kisses!


Lots of action, although packed in a few pages, and playful flashes.

Don't be fooled by the cover: apparently it's the 'stock' one that Dreamspinner Press uses for all short stories (ugly and totally unrelated to the plot).
4.25 stars

Eric Devon is a thief who is drowning his boredom and lack of purpose in liquor. That is, until he is offered a job by Jonathan Tea a.k.a. The Tea Demon, the legendary pirate – "a fearless warrior whose rage could only be quenched by a cup of the finest tea". The fact that he is attracted to the man and that no one has ever succeeded in stealing from the Turtle Merchants and lived to tell the tale only makes Tea's offer more attractive.

For such a short story, The Tea Demon has a lot go
I didn't see this coming! A LOT packed into this fun, action/adventure, hot, short steampunk story. Hilarious! Great little pick me up.
A quirky, fast-paced steampunk-y fantasy short story. Very entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny.
Cornelia Grey layers a fantastical world with steampunk details in this entertaining romp of a story. The Tea Demon mixed whimsy with sexiness and adventure to create a lively story well worth the read.

Never one to shy away from the gritty details, Ms Grey starts us in a seedy bar, where a thief can be found for a fearsome job. A mysterious stranger approaches Eric Devon for a caper, but first has to challenge him into taking the job. The forfeit? A kiss that curls Eric's toes, and the caper? St
This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.

This was recently reviewed over at Well Read, but I refrained from reading the review to keep my perspective fresh. Although I typed “steampunk” in the genre, my first impressions were of a rather Victorian inn, with bandits on the road as the coaches with the rich roll by, and criminals hanging out in seedy bars. Which is more or less the case, but once our two protagonists meet, you then get a taste for the real world, which is definitely st
The way this story was written reminds me of The Princess Bride (the movie), as it is a mostly serious tale told in a mostly serious manner that pokes at the cliches because it can. A thief and a pirate airship captain get into a bar brawl with classic choreography, share a kiss, and meet the humorous crew. This story is fun without being too silly, although some may find the tropes a little too much. I thought everything was well handled; a refreshing taste of something different.

Elisa Rolle
The Tea Demon was light and funny, something that caught me unaware but pleasantly surprised. The sci-fi/futuristic story of a dashing Captain of a pirate spaceshift/galleon hiring a intergalactic thief to retrieve a prized possession seemed somewhat old. I was of course expecting for the dashing captain, Jonathan, to be an imposing and dominant character, and of course for the thief, Eric, to be a somewhat submissive character, a level below the captain in the “romance” hierarchy.

I was complete
Pirates and thieves and treasure abound in this short fun story. It’s quasi steampunk with just enough details to set the story in that genre but not enough to really delve into the setting or satisfy die hard fans. The Tea Demon works despite this lack of detail because the real focus is on the men and their entertaining relationship with a backdrop of rather humorous and far-fetched hijinks. The writing and Grey’s style is what I like the most. The story is enjoyable and short enough that it g ...more
I hate short stories. I really do. They simply never feel quite finished, always rushed, never enough time spent developing characters. Or, at least, I hated short stories till I read some by Cornelia Grey. Obviously, I've just been reading the wrong things.

This was the most brilliant bit of steam-punk, pirate and thief filled insanity that I've ever read. It's the third short story by Grey I've read, and I still haven't figured out how she does it. It's not long, but the characters are brillian
Think of the movie Stardust based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Think of the cloud Pirates. Take out the Star, add a lusty thief. There you have it.
This was funny and exciting. A great adventure/ romance story.
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2.4 stars

brief response to a very brief book (mild spoilers):

The Tea Demon is a longer short story (30 pages of text rather than the advertised 52, in the case of my epub file) that unfortunately does not live up to its delightful premise and raucous first pages. A couple of humorous twists (mostly involving tea) and cheeky references (giant flying turtle) suggest that the author may indeed have been consciously aiming toward what I surmised in my initial positive reaction - gloriously cheesy m/
Una storia che avrebbe meritato qualche pagina in più. In 56 pagine si avverte un po' troppo la mancanza di approfondimento.

Ci sono molti elementi che stuzzicano l'immaginazione del lettore, dalle navi che solcano i cieli alle tartarughe volanti (dato che ho da poco finito di leggere Il colore della magia, non ho potuto fare a meno di pensare al Mondo Disco di Terry Pratchett!). Così come ci sono elementi di simpatia, come il terribile capitano pirata che si scioglie di fronte ad una tazza di bu
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Sapeva di fumo e zucchero e tè dolce."

E' il primo m/m che leggo di un'autrice italiana ed è un vero peccato che sia così breve, perché è stata una lettura bella e originale e con un centinaio di pagine in più sarebbe uscita una storia fantastica! ;D Ci troviamo in un mondo simil-steampunk, dove le navi solcano i cieli, i demoni possono essere placati con una tazza di buon tè e i cattivi vivono in palazzi costruiti su gusci di gigantesche tartarughe volanti! XD Ed è tutto questo che si trova ad
3 e 1/2

Un libro carino e molto scorrevole l'unica peccato troppo poco sviluppato ma comunque una lettura leggera e poco impegnativa.
Uh...? ಠಠ ...more
Lillian Francis
Clever and well written short story, a touch of steampunk, a pinch of fantasy, and a sprinkling of the Arabian Knights.
That was unexpectedly entertaining. The kiss and what happened in captain's cabin merit a bookmark!
cover does not match the story. wish cornelia grey would write longer books :P
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Cornelia Grey is a creative writing student fresh out of university, with a penchant for fine arts and the blues. Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where she collected her share of poetry and narrative prizes, she is now based in London, and she is thoroughly enjoying the cultural melting pot that is the City.

Her interests vary from painting to photography, from sewing to acting; whe
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