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The Ouroboros Cycle, Book One: A Monster's Coming of Age Story (The Ouroboros Cycle)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  32 reviews
How far would you go to avenge the one you love? Would you go beyond death?Born into the stifling confines of French upper society, Babette Varanus never thought that she would have to answer that question. Surrounded by wealth yet ostracized by her peers, Babette had little interest in love until she met Korbinian, a scandalous German baron with the audacity to regard her...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Wildside Press
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The Ouroboros Cycle: A Monster’s Coming of Age Story!



The des Louveteaux!


THAT Chapter.



Chapter Iosef!


"A touch."

"It’s going to be an adventure!"


Once again, there are obviously major pieces of the novel missing here, you’ll have to read it for yourself and I assure you that you won’t be able to put it down. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't...more
wonderfully exciting - I was nearly finished before i realised it! Looking forward to seeing what the next one will be about
I adored this book. I became a fan of Mr. Falksen through his first series, Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies, and I knew immediately that I had to read this book when it came out. I finished it within one sitting and have reread it twice. It's beautifully written, incredibly witty, and has an amazing balance of adventure, angst, and a well thought out love story. I've laughed out loud and sometimes garnered unwanted attention by my giggle fits that ensued by some amazing, and sharp tongue...more
Vittoria Corella
Plot: Babette Varanus is a French aristocrat, a young girl who is both privileged and oppressed by her origins. And that's not all. Babette descends from an ancient line of non human and powerful creatures that have moved the lot of Europe for centuries. When Babette meets the aristocratic (a far too human) Korbinian and falls in love with him, occult powers, which would rather have her married to one of their ancestral kind, will do anything in their power to obstruct this love. Babette finds h...more
I'm going to confess, I'm an absolute literature snob. I'm not terribly impressed by many of the writters of our time. That being said, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED The Ouroboros Cycle:A Monster's Coming Of Age Story! G.D. Falksen is a MASTER of the English language, and by this, I mean he has not succumb to the bastardization of it. If felt very much like I was reading a book written when literature was at it's best at the turn of the 19th century, with JUST enough of a modern feel to give it a bit of...more
Putting my one qualm about this book aside, I greatly enjoyed it! Incredibly fun and full of adventure, history, and atmosphere. Even now the details are memorable, weeks after finishing. Loved the chapter illustrations, too! Okay, my one qualm: this story wades into the dangerous territory of female protagonists who are "so special and sexy because they do as well as men in a man's world." You know the trope I'm talking about. The protag's closest adversaries and confidants are all Super Intere...more
My experience with this book was a curious mix of "Can't put it down" and "There are so many problems with the structure here."

Pros? A solid narrative voice; complex ancient politics; and a fresh take on vampires when it seems all iterations of them have been done to death.

Cons? Falksen's apparent fear of putting his protagonist through any real, lasting pain; no sense of a narrative arc; and, despite Falksen's demonstrations of feminism on his social media pages, a protagonist who has a serious...more
Jackie Reynolds
I stumbled on an article talking about great vampire fiction, and since I had read and loved three of the books on the list, I thought I'd give the other books on there a try. The Ouroboros Cycle was one of those books.

I will admit, I had a hard time getting past the "Babette" part. Early Babette does nothing for me, (the name, the whole "tiny girl in a man's world" stuff) but the story picks up and gets interesting and before I knew it the book was over and had me wanting to read the next one,...more
The Ouroboros Cycle, Book One: A Monster's Coming of Age Story by G.D. Falksen is by far the best book I've read in a while. It has all the elements of a finely tuned 'Historical Science-Fiction Mystery'! Yes, you read that right, 'Historical Science-Fiction Mystery'. Let me explain...

The story is based in the late 1800's in Europe- the 60's, 70's & 80's; mostly in Normandy, France. There are animosities between the French & English, war with the Prussians, debutante's début into high so...more
Kara Jorgensen
Without giving anything away, the characters are fairly well developed, as is the story and setting. Enjoyable overall, and the drawings for each chapter add a lot of charm to the piece. The worst part is that I found the plot predictable at certain points, which I don't love. It was a fun read, not my favorite honestly, and that combined with the predictable, cyclical plot caused it to lose a star. I would recommend it though.
Sparkly vampires, these are not. Thank god for that. I truly didn't know what to expect from this book when I first heard about it. It seemed like a book I would enjoy for sure, but I had so many book series that I wanted to catch up on, and only a couple dollars here and there each month to spend on those sequels. If I could see my past self now, I would've punched the living day lights out of him. I waited way too long to invest in a copy of this book. I did not want to put it down. In fact, I...more
WTF? People seriously LIKED this book? It was SO STUPID! Kind of like Jane Austen meets weird werewolves, vampires and ghosts, but not nearly as well done as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The plot was so predictable, the characters laughable, and the writing so insipid that I couldn't believe it! Enough said. Other than the fact that I can't possibly imagine anyone taking a vampire with the name Babette seriously. Can I give negative stars??? ugh.
Marcela Hernandez
The Love story is cute but there is so much left unsaid.
Why didn't anyone know she was talking to the ghost?
Why did no one mention she stopped ageing in her 20's?
Why didn't the 2 monster bloods react in her body when she turned?
Why didn't the vampire smell it on her?
Such a good surprise! I initially bought the book because of Fyodor Pavlov's illustrations, which I always was a big fan of. But I was a total stranger in regards of steampunk literature, and for months, I couldn't bring myself to actually read the book. How wrong I was!
That first installement in the Ouroboros Cycle tells the fantastic story of Babette Varanus, a French young and noble lady, who finds herself dealing with love, death... and vampires. It has everything a good story needs: adventu...more
Alice Honey
My first Falksen novel and I am kicking myself for not reading him sooner. What a fun and exciting adventure. I can't wait for Book 2 and anything else that follows!
Deborah Frew
I just loved the fact that there was no vapid gushing and devoid of any ability to make a decision Characters.

The book was a breath of fresh ideas and witty lines.

you Know its well written And has engaged the reader when life rudely Interrupts your reading.

the thought of rereading the book at a slower pace to Savour each word is an exciting idea. Yet being able to read at that pace probably wont Occur means that you have touched the readers heart.

I Know I am going to attempt my 2nd reading at th...more
Lynsey Perkins
Loved's a story with a little bit of everything.
Cynthia Shaeffer
I absolutely adore this series. By far the best books I have read in years. Waiting for the third installment is going to be pure torture :-/
Jenness Drake

I was enthralled by the end of the first sentence. the characters feel like close friends. I am ready for book two.
Pretty good. I'm going to read the next one.
My first Falksen book... He's one of the icons of the steampunk movement, so I figured I had better read some of his books. It reminds me of gothic romance, with lots of strange creatures thrown in. I was sad when it was done. Can't anybody write a self contained book anymore? Do they all have to open themselves to an endless series? Argh.
A delicious slice of whimsical alternative Victoriana, written with an elegance and efficiency of prose that allows the reader to infer that which the author does not explicitly state.
Monica Zvonchenko
Wonderfully fun book! Fast paced and fascinating, Mr Falksen managed to weave together a fresh tale about mythical creatures (werewolves, vampires and ghosts) without being tiring or cliched.
Very much looking forward to the next book!
Had I know at the beginning that this was going to be another vampire vs werewolf tale, I would have skipped it. Surprise, by the time I finished the final chapter, I wanted more. I look forward to future installments of this family's adventures.
There were times I thought this moved slowly, but I liked this book. I would read the second one.
I love the story Falksen begins to tell in this novel, and I look forward to the next installment.
Searska GreyRaven
This was a fun one. Varanus is definitely one of my favorite female protagonists. ^_^
Ursula Sindlinger
Not bad. Moved a little slowly but I would read Book Two if there is one.
Fun read! Looking forward to the next installment.
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G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker and MC. He also studies history and blogs for While his repertoire spans a range of topics, he is currently most noted for his steampunk work and is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture. His debut novel, The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies has just been released, to rave...more
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