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The Damnation Affair (Bannon & Clare #1.5)

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  409 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
This novel is set in the same world as the Bannon & Clare novels but is stand alone with different characters.

The West is a wild place, where the poison wind blows and the dead walk. But there is gold, and whiskey, and enough room for a man to forget what he once was--until he can no longer can.

Jack Gabriel's been the sheriff in Damnation almost since the town grew out
ebook, 264 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Initial thoughts:I liked this better than The Iron Wyrm Affair. Kind of like a cross between a western steampunk/magic novel with a Stephen King-like scary thing hiding in the mines....

The review:
What a surprisingly entertaining read! Magic, the Wild West, and zombies combine to create a fast-paced, edge of your seat exciting book.

The Damnation Affair takes place in the New World, in the dusty and desolate Wild West town of Damnation. (Isn’t that just a great name for a Wild West town?) This bo
Jun 03, 2014 Elen rated it liked it
This book was mostly a fun, lighthearted read. There were some things I took issue with, though - first and foremost, can the book cover PLEASE be designed by someone who has ACTUALLY read the book and the character descriptions?? The cover was actually off-putting, which is a shame.

The other minor issues I had were in the development of the romance (was there any?) and the ending that seemed to come WAY FAR OUT of left field. I wasn't sure how I felt about that.

Otherwise, overall a fun read wi
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jun 05, 2013 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
I started THE DAMNATION AFFAIR expecting a novella set in the series of Bannon & Clare (based on Goodreads’s characterization of this book as Bannon & Clare #1.5). What I found was a full length novel which, though nominally sharing the same universe as Bannon & Clare, had its own style and mythology entirely. Across the sea from everything familiar, THE DAMNATION AFFAIR is an enticing new take on the wild and dangerous West.

Perhaps due to this change of expectation, THE DAMNATION AF
⊱ Irena ⊰
While The Iron Wyrm Affair at least has some steampunk elements, in this one there isn't enough of it to satisfy me, but it will go on that shelf anyway.

Do not read the blurb. I shouldn't have read it. I was waiting for most of the things from the blurb to be revealed at least to us if not to the heroine. I wish I didn't know it. Some people are not bothered by blurbs like that, but I don't find it amusing if you can read about the events which happen at half of the book in the blurb! The thing
4.5 stars

Set in the same world as Bannon and Clare, but with a new set of characters. I loved the entire story, but do admit to be a tad disappointed by the ending. Not enough explanation or romance.

Maybe LS will revisit this part of her world again. I know I'd love to.
May 17, 2015 jammastere rated it really liked it
This is not your average Western....or Urban Fantasy....or really is it's own thing.

I am a big fan of Ms. Saintcrow and have read most of her books. She is a very different type of writer. There are going to be horror elements in her books. They are going to be very intense and very much in the grey area as opposed to black and white. There are going to be things that the author does not explain to you. Ms. Saintcrow is not going to spoon feed you or lead you by the hand nor is her
Mar 04, 2014 Marielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While in the same world as Bannon & Clare, this book really has nothing to do with them. In fact, it really isn't steampunk. No steam used in this book to power anything. More of a magical western. I actually like it better than either The Iron Wyrm Affair or The Red Plague Affair and I'd love to read more about them. I enjoyed the characters much more than the Bannon or Clare too. I didn't feel like they were hiding so much from me and I didn't feel so confused in the book.
Mar 03, 2013 Caroline rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, romance
Having read The Iron Wyrm Affair, I was expecting another as rich in detail and suspense. But unfortunately this failed to reach the mark. I found the transition between scenes rather disjointed and there appeared to me to be some rather annoyingly unexplained situations.
Apr 20, 2014 Tamara rated it liked it
I thought that this was a good addition to the new series. The characters were more real than some of the other characters by other authors. That seems to be the hallmark of this author though. The story isn't bad, although there is a bit more damsel in distress, and woe is me than I would prefer. There are also some holes in the story but I think that is because the author was trying to hide what the story was about. I will say that the ending wasn't my favorite thing. What it turned out the bo ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Niffer rated it liked it
I'm not entirely sure how this book qualified as a standalone part of the Bannon and Clare series. I guess if you shut one eye and squinted through the other and looked at it sideways you might be able to place it in the same world as the Bannon and Clare books. Standalone? Definitely. But the "magic was totally different and the settings were totally different. Other than this one, I've only read the first book in the series so I don't know if later stories somehow tie this one in to the series ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Sharessa rated it really liked it
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The Damnation Affair is set in the same world as Saintcrow’s Bannon & Clare books. This book is not connected to the Bannon & Clare characters (as far as I can tell, not having read the first book, The Iron Wyrm Affair). The Damnation Affair is a western, set in a backwater town surrounded by wild magic.

Catharine Barrowe has accepted the position of the schoolteacher in town because it is the last place she heard from her missing brother. Cat is hoping that being in Damnation will lead h
May 26, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Only one thing could induce Miss Catherine Barrowe-Browne to forsake the comforts of civilized Boston and head Westron (West) -- the hope of finding her missing, impetuous brother Robbie. She applies for the position of schoolteacher in the town of Damnation, a godforsaken corner of the Westron territory every bit as uninviting as its name. The children are out-of-control hellions, the townspeople without culture, and the sheriff an infuriating (and attractive) enigma. When the undead ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable. Loved the setting -- definitely a fun departure from Bannon and Clare's London -- and the characters were awesome!

'Mancy and walking dead and dark happenings...oh, my!

While there wasn't nearly enough steampunk in this story to satisfy, the combination of the Wild West, magic ('mancy and chartermages), and fantastic characters truly made this a story that is too good to put down. The sheriff, Jack of the mysterious past, is fiercely protective of his little town and deeply intri
Saurabh Tripathi
Nov 02, 2013 Saurabh Tripathi rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I could say it a thousand times but it would still mean the same!! And it would still be the exact same sentiment that hit me the first time I finished a book by you!! I loved it.....Obviously!!

I could go on and blabber a thousand meaningless lines about how fantastic and absolutely delicious this book was!! But that would be the sensible thing to do!! So I would leave it on this mysterious note....and ask the one question that has haunted me since I'd finished this thing!!......What's with the
Jan 15, 2013 D.R. rated it liked it
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A unique combination of steampunk, zombies and magic!

Lilith Saintcrow is one of my most favorite authors. I especially loved her Dante Valentine series, so I was pretty ecstatic when I chanced upon the ARC of The Damnation Affair in exchange for an honest review.

The beginning was of the story was slow. Actually, the whole first half of the story was slow except a few scenes which almost always included the banter between sheriff Jack Gabriel and Cathe
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Steampunk, Adult, Western
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

I am finally able to sift through some of my back log and read books that have been sitting patiently on my Kindle for nearly a year. Yes, I did received this LAST December! I'm thankful that Orbit still allows me access to titles even though I might not review them immediately! It helps, I think, not to decline or DNF books on a wholesale basis.

The Damnation Affair is set in the same universe as the Bannon & Clare series is, but, in
Alison (Lady Coffin) S
What a fun twist on the traditional Wild West, with the magic and wild magic.
I had enjoyed The Iron Wyrm Affair, and was set in the same world, but with different characters and a very different setting it was had it's own spirit.
It was fun to see where the story lead Cat in her search for Robbie and to wait and wonder just how much Gabe was going to mixed up into the whole thing. Can't say I saw the end coming as it did, at least not until way close to it actually happening, had expected somet
Cecilia Rodriguez
Nov 10, 2015 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
Saintcrow's plot falls into the blended category of paranormal fantasy western, rather than Steampunk.
Set in the remote town of Damnation, Catherine Barrowe arrives from Boston to assume the role of schoolmarm.
Town Sheriff, Jack Gabriel has his eye on the beautiful Cat, as she looks into the mysterious disappearance of her brother, Robbie.
A fun mystery with a light touch of romance.
Jun 20, 2015 Yv rated it really liked it
I really love Weird West and as this was set in the Bannon and Clare universe, I had high hopes. And it was great!.... Except for the ending. It's great to have a twist but I didn't really see that coming and... didn't really like it?? I don't know. Overall, I think it was an interesting jaunt into a steampunk weird west world but I would have been happier with a different ending.
Jan 28, 2013 GONZA rated it it was ok
The beginning was really really slow, but still I couldn't put it down because of the fantastic west world with cowboys, zombies and only God knows what, something that lives in the mine and crawls out at night (Long Live Stephen King anyway. But then the story takes off and it has even a complete different ending from what I thought, so a good reading in the end.

L'inizio è stato veramente lentissimo, però non riuscivo a smettere di leggere perchè mi piaceva moltissimo questa ambientazione nel v
Jan 13, 2013 Feminista rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, steampunk
Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Damnation Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

Lilith Saintcrow is one of my favourite authors. I absolutely loved her Dante Valentine series. So when her new series came out, Bannon and Clare, in a steam punk setting, I was instantly intrigued.

In order to read ‘The Damnation Affair’, you do not have to read the first Bannon and Clare novel. It is a stand-alone novel.

Catherine Barrowe is a schoolmarm who comes to Damnation in search of her missing brother. Jack Gabriel is the sherif
Jan 03, 2014 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, steampunk
Hints of romance, but nothing satisfying. You could tell that this was part of a larger world, but a lot of things were left unsaid, and the preview of the other books makes it seem like they're all set in England, so it's confusing how this volume fits in. I was really enjoying it until I had about 20 minutes left - (view spoiler) ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
This book is a combination of steam-punk, western, vampire, zombie and a few other things. I did like the characters in the book, and this is a continuation of the world of Bannon & Clare without actually being one of those novels, so you don't actually have to have read the first of that series, but it does explain a bit more of the world building.

A good story, with interesting characters. The schoolmarm/heroine went back and forth between being kick-a** and prim and proper. She was brough
Jul 21, 2013 Amber rated it liked it
I really enjoyed almost all of this book. Let's say the first 3/4, I found the story building enticing, the characters great, the world that Lilith Saintcrow created fascinating with just enough horror to keep on going. But then it almost felt like they said "whoops, I only have 30 pages to wrap up this story, better do everything at once". With so much build up and so many great story lines going, I wish there had been more explanation and time put into finishing up the story versus one of thos ...more
kelly kress
Nov 30, 2014 kelly kress rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a Bannon and Clare book

Not bad, but a bit of bait and switch. Rather more of a romance than the B &C books, set in the same universe, but different characters.

Jean Hontz

A Boston miss accepts a teaching post out in the Westron frontier in order to find out what’s happened to her brother. She lands in Damnation, the last place she’s heard from him. He’s not in town and she’s reluctant to ask about him given what she finds there. What she finds there is a bit unsettling for someone raised in civilization. Not to mention zombies, a Chinois sorcerer, and a Sheriff who is definitely more than he pretends to be.

I found Cat to be annoying because she’s d
Dec 30, 2014 Veevee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another unexpected surprise from Lilith Saintcrow, a welcome if slightly crazy surprise. I can't not wait to read the rest of this series, even if it is slightly nuts!
Dec 16, 2012 Elgalla rated it really liked it
I find it very interesting that I liked the spin-off so much more than the original series (Bannon & Clare) and I think part of it is due to the soft spot I have for anything Western and part of it is because it actually was a better book. The character's were interesting and likeable, the mythology clearly fleshed out and the plot was character-heavy and very well crafted. Though a spin-off, it didn't read as such and I must say I found it far more entertaining and far less hurried than the ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
Your standard gothic romance novel with a twist of Old West Steampunk. Exactly. With a few zombies and vampires to boot.

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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.
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