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The Earl of Brass (The Ingenious Mechanical Devices #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Eilian Sorrell is no stranger to cheating death, but when a dirigible accident costs him his arm, he fears his days of adventuring are over. As the eldest son of the Earl of Dorset, Lord Sorrell knows he will face a bleak future among London's aristocracy unless he can escape. On a quest to return to his old life, Lord Sorrell commissions a prosthetic arm, but the ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Fox Collie (first published June 18th 2014)
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Bob Milne
For a small/indie press title, The Earl of Brass was a surprisingly solid, well-written, enjoyable read. As smooth and professionally polished as anything you're likely to find on the mass market shelves, Kara Jorgensen has crafted a Victorian science fiction adventure that really delivers on its premise.

The story starts off with a great opening scene involving the crash of a dirigible. It's a short chapter, but one that introduces the class of culture and conflict, and which establishes Eilian
Hákon Gunnarsson
Nov 16, 2014 Hákon Gunnarsson rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this was a good first novel, not flawless, but good just the same. Unlike some first novels I've read the characters aren't one dimensional. The main characters are very likable, but not perfect. They feel real. Even a lot of the smaller characters get more than one side, and the novel is all the better for it.

The world building works well for me. The author blends the steampunk elements quite naturally with the histori
Aug 23, 2014 Jaz rated it really liked it
I love the little title above the text box: "what did you think?" Well, what didn't I think as I read this wonderful book? I didn't think of anything that could possibly be detrimental to The Earl of Brass. What a fantastic first novel for Kara Jorgensen.

Firstly, the characters are incredible. Multi-dimensional, likeable, interesting and above all human beings- there are certainly no 2D cut outs in The Earl of Brass! Every character had flaws and it didn't even matter if they were endearing fla
Kate M. Colby
Jan 07, 2016 Kate M. Colby rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Disclaimer: I was given a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review may contain minor spoilers.

The Earl of Brass (The Ingenious Mechanical Devices #1) by Kara Jorgensen is a bold social commentary, an adventurous love story, and a gorgeous example of the steampunk genre. The novel follows Lord Eilian Sorrell, the heir to an earldom, who loses his arm in a dirigible accident, and Hadley Fenice, the fiery prosthesis maker, as they both battle the constricting
Cynthia Witherspoon
Dec 28, 2014 Cynthia Witherspoon rated it it was amazing
As a writer, there are books I read for fun. And then there are books I read to learn from. When I first started The Earl of Brass, I was expecting a fun ride. A steampunk adventure. I thought 'Hey, maybe I can learn a little something about the genre while I'm at it.'

I got everything I asked for. A strong, solid plot filled with great dialogue and all the elements one requires in a steampunk novel. I also enjoyed Jorgensen's writing; so much so that there are parts of her book that I have mark
May 29, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
I don't know what to think about this book. I wanted to love it, but it became a bit tedious towards the middle, and I can't get past a particular point in the story.

I haven't given up, just diverted my attention for a few books. I'm sure I will get back to it.....
Sep 27, 2015 Silvia rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I finished this book last night and I still don’t know whether I liked it or not, and I’m uncertain how to rate it.

The beginning is fantastic, and I loved the story until Hadley and Eilian set out on their adventure. Up to this point, the writing and the story development is pretty much flawless – a bit more polishing here and there might have helped, but I got sucked in nevertheless. The subject of vanity prostheses, of automatons, of a woman’s struggle in a world dominated by men, of a young m
This is a very easily accessible story. I found it fast-paced without being jumpy, with the steampunk elements adding to the story in a fun way rather than distracting from it. It’s evident that the author must have enjoyed writing this book; the enthusiasm and passion comes through in the storytelling.

The characters are very vividly painted. I was completely sold on the male lead by the second chapter (which features a wonderfully emotional scene after which I was irreversibly hooked), but it d
William Jackson
Jan 12, 2015 William Jackson rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? This has been a lovely tale. I have read this book and it is very Victorian, very well written and yet flows like I just read Hemingway or Orwell. But wait! This is Kara Jorgensen, and she delivered a master class of a new, subtle form of steampunk.
Eilian Sorrell and Hadley Fenice are remarkable characters, so much so that I would prefer them to many a superhero or action character. Miss Jorgensen has placed a depth and troubled nature to each with the finesse of a lifelong wr
Jan 16, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
This book started out in typical steampunk fashion: steamers and mechanical devices, references to automatons and limbs fashioned out of gears. There were two great characters developed: Elian and Hadley, with Hadley having great intelligence and pluck. This standard start quickly changes though when Hadley, disguised as a man, goes with Elian to Palestine on an archaeological dig where they discover a hidden race of people in a cave who live in a sort of utopia.

I liked the concept of the story
Dec 01, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Steampunk is new to me as a genre. I enjoyed it thoroughly though and, as an engineer, appreciated the research that was done to make the entire story believable. The characters were outstanding, though not perfect (which is a good thing!). I would definitely like to read about their further development and adventures.

The omniscient POV sometimes interrupted the story's continuity for me, making me realize I was reading a story instead of observing it or being immersed in it, but that may just b
S.C. Gregory
Mar 10, 2015 S.C. Gregory rated it it was amazing
I thought the Earl of Brass was an intriguing and well written story with some very different characters than I originally expected!

All in all this book is well worth reading and the ending was satisfying in the way it brought all of the plot threads together!

This story was a different take on Steampunk, although it was more of a historical fantasy rather than just solely Steampunk related.

The elements of Steampunk were present and in some cases was at the heart of certain characters and thei
Jonas Lee
This was such an enjoyable read. I read like a snail and when I hit the throttle point, I can't put it down. The way it involves steampunk and a wonderful underlying current of issues like gender stereotypes for the era and even into sexuality. AND in-between the sub plot, she writes exquisitely. I basically gave my imagination a seven-course meal and somehow I'm still hungry.
Aug 05, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
In order to write this review, I had to dig out my thesaurus because the words “amazingly awesome” just did not do The Earl of Brass justice. So the words “marvelous,” “phenomenal,” “stupendous,” and “wonderful” will have to do.
What makes The Earl of Brass worthy of dragging out my old thesaurus? Simply the language, author Kara Jorgensen, uses when laying out the plot, the twists and turns, the characters, and the dialogue that fill the pages of her novel. Jorgensen is bringing back vocabulary,
Jun 29, 2014 Kyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steampunk fans
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Eilian Sorrell is an archaeologist, an explorer and an enthusiast of new sensations, sights and ideas. The one thing holding him back is his family... oh, and the fact that he will one day inherit his fathers title as the Earl of Dorset. Hadley Fenice is a forthright craftswoman working secretly for her brothers' prosthetic business, but has to take over when her older brother dies. When fate deals Eilian a difficult card in damaging his a
Jack Tyler
Aug 02, 2016 Jack Tyler rated it really liked it
The Earl of Brass, a novel in the steampunk genre, is in its essence the tale of two people, Eilian Sorrell, the young heir to a title, and Hadley Fenice, an incredibly gifted tinkerer whose creativity is stifled because she is female. Sounds very straightforward and predictable, but don't be fooled. It's twists and turns and loop-the-loops rival the most thrilling roller coaster.

You see, Eilian isn't interested in politics, hunting, smoking, or any of the things that come with his impending t
Sep 29, 2016 Deedra rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and hope to read the whole series.Elian lost an arm. Luckilly for him there is a new model that he can test out.We follow him through life as an archeologist and meeting the love of his life.Patrick Oniyelu was mostly good with this narration.There were words he stumbled over and mispronounced.There were odd cadences that distracted a bit.All in all enjoyable though.I was given this book free for an honest review.
Stephanie Terry

As a whole I enjoyed Earl Of Brass - I would recommend it to someone who wants something more than a love story, something more than an adventure. Expect to learn something from this novel.


I thought the characters were well rounded and nicely flawed; and I thought they had a believable relationship/friendship with each other. Eilian was a likeable, free-thinking protagonist and Hadley portrayed a wonderfully strong-minded and intelligent woman fit for the 21st cen
Alex McGilvery
Aug 02, 2014 Alex McGilvery rated it really liked it

We meet Eilan Sorrell as he goes down in an airship crash on the way home from the Negev. He loses an arm in the crash and very nearly his life. While the doctors are able to save him, he fears that he will have no purpose. He has refused to become a dilettante heir and has always worked on archeological digs. Eilan’s interests set him at political odds with most of his family.

Hadley is the name of the woman who crafts Eilan’s artificial arm. The arm is the last work of her brother George and sh
Jul 27, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Earl of Brass starts off with a blast and just keeps moving from there. As a newcomer to the steampunk genre but a lover of Victorian era fiction, I was immediately drawn into the world that seemed somewhat familiar and then kept in the story by the engaging characters. The storyline weaves through different perspectives and gives you an appreciation for the unique struggles that each of the two main characters have to face in their society due to their status as minorities.
When our heroes are
Christina McMullen
Sep 27, 2014 Christina McMullen rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read. The author is an expert storyteller who gives real life and depth not just to her characters, but to the world in which they live. Both protagonists are headstrong and go against the social norm for the time in which they live. Because of this, the book touches on topics that are relevant in today's world, but in a thoughtful way that drives the story while opening minds. There is quite a bit of action, but what really sold me was care with which the tender moments ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
The Earl of Brass is an excellent first novel from Ms. Jorgensen and an enjoyable read from start to finish. I am new to steampunk and thought this served as a nice introduction to the genre - not at all confusing or overly niche. It is clear that plenty of research went into this book, but once again, the technical aspects were not overwhelming or boring.

The best part about this book are the extremely likeable and relatable characters. The story is pretty fast-paced and the setting, and therefo
LS Schulz
I was given an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I will start by saying that this was my first venture into the steampunk genre, so I really had no preconceptions of how the story could or should go. That ended up not mattering, though, because I enjoyed the story. Once I made it past the "recuperation" section of the story, I was drawn in and often found it difficult to stop reading, even when I'd reached the next chapter.

I enjoyed the description of the underground civilizat
Jamie Maltman
I loved the setting, the steampunk and speculative elements, everything about Hadley Fenice, character responses to social strictures, the beginning and the ending.

This is very much a Victorian novel with steampunk and speculative elements, in word choice, pace (not a thriller, lots of character reflection/interaction time, and well done).

With another coat of polishing, focused on on repeated and occasionally awkward sentence structures, and paragraphing to separate the viewpoints just a little
A new Steampunk Series begins!

Adventure into a slightly steampunk British Empire, with dirigibles, steam powered cars and artificial movable prosthesis. The heroine is a brilliant inventor who meets a young Lord after a terrible airship accident. There is adventure into the near east as his Lordship has archaeological fever, and dangers both with betrayals and societal pressures. Very good.

What I enjoyed was the lovely ideas for a utopian community that unexpectedly became the center of this boo
Jenny Koch
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I did feel at points though that this book contained almost 3 different story arcs and I didn't really get what the plot of the book as a whole was about. It also felt a bit preachy at points with its dissection of human society but it was mostly a minor irritation.
Nov 15, 2014 Misterg rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, despite wanting to know how so much titanium was available at the time (Yep; I am so geeky I even wiki'ed the dates of the Kroll and Hunter processes!)
The biggest problem I had with this was the lack of sequel!
Clay Davis
Liked the second act more than the others. Would liked to have most of the story dealing with Shangri La in the Negev Desert with more action. The ending was anti-climactic.
Richard Penn
Nov 09, 2014 Richard Penn rated it really liked it
A good solid story, with well-rounded characters and a clever plot. Could use a little more editing, or I'd give it five stars.
Danny Knestaut
Nov 07, 2016 Danny Knestaut rated it it was ok
This is one of the better indie published books in the steampunk category. Although it could use a little polish, it has a much higher production value than most indie books. I liked the characters, they had some depth, they grew and changed, and I found the plot compelling--up until the middle of the book. Then the story completely changes. Suddenly there is magic and mysticism where there had been none before. It feels like the characters walked out the novel I was enjoying and into another ...more
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Kara Jorgensen is an author and professional student from New Jersey who will probably die slumped over a Victorian novel. An anachronistic oddball from birth, she has always had an obsession with the Victorian era, especially the 1890s. Midway through a dissection in a college anatomy class, Kara realized her true passion was writing and decided to marry her love of literature and science through ...more
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