I'm not a big reader of steampunk, so I wasn't sure what I'd think of Bec McMaster's London Steampunk. I enjoyed it quite a bit and I think that's becI'm not a big reader of steampunk, so I wasn't sure what I'd think of Bec McMaster's London Steampunk. I enjoyed it quite a bit and I think that's because Kiss of Steel felt more like a Victorian PNR than steampunk to me despite some steampunk-ish elements throughout.
For the last six months, Honoria Todd has done all she could to care for her sister and brother. They've been living in the Whitechapel district in hiding from the Echelon who hunt her and her deceased father's secrets.
In this alternative Victorian world she's created, Bec McMaster puts a spin on vampire and werewolf lore. While "the virus could be spread by the merest scratch or droplet of blood", some are infected purposely to rule or be ruled over. One doesn't become a "vampire" unless the viral levels in their blood reaches a level that sends them into the Fade - "when the color leeched out of a blue blood just before he displayed symptoms of turning" - insane and maddened by their thirst, then quickly beheaded. All citizens over eighteen pay blood taxes, yet one must avoid Drainers who steal blood and sell it for a profit. The history of the verwolfen is equally interesting. "... They'd been hunted to death in England, or caged as a curiosity for the Echelon to display."
Honoria is a strong heroine who does whatever is necessary to protect her family. Blade, "the devil of Whitechapel", is an intriguing character, a mix of alpha male and vulnerability that instantly draws in readers. The two share an unyielding determination to protect those in their care. When circumstances push Honoria to make a choice, she turns to Blade for assistance. The attraction between the two may be instant, but there is no insta-love here - their relationship is tested over and over as trust between the two builds, barriers fall as they grow closer.
"I would die a thousand times over to see you safe. Even from meself."
"And I will never walk away," she whispered.
Many things were brought to light in this series intro, which has me anxious to read on in the series soon. Since the series follows the PNR theme, a new couple's HEA per book, I am anxious to learn more about the side characters in Honor and Blade's lives. Heart of Iron features Honor's sister, Lena and Blade's friend and verwolf, Will....more
First read:(Kindle edition) 19 Dec 2009 Re-read:(Audiobook) 25 Jan 2012
Re-Read Review (2012) In Visions of Heat, Nalini introduces to one of theFirst read:(Kindle edition) 19 Dec 2009 Re-read:(Audiobook) 25 Jan 2012
Re-Read Review (2012) In Visions of Heat, Nalini introduces to one of the Psy's most protected assets, an F-Psy named Faith Nightstar. She can forecast the future and the Psy profit from her skills. F-Psy are known to fall into madness, so she expects the same to happen to her. She's constantly monitored for changes in her routines. When she is haunted by bad dreams, she seeks out "defector" Sascha Duncan (from Slave to Sensation), now with Lucas and the DarkRiver pack, for help.
In the process of looking for Sascha, she's caught on shifter land by Vaughn, a jaguar Sentinel in the DarkRiver pack. He's intrigued by Faith and loves testing her limits.
The pairing of these two was very yen and yang. Vaughn's beast is closer to the surface than most, which makes him a bit more animal than man sometimes. Conversely, Faith is completely unfamiliar to touch, which pack crave.
Nalini's political storyline continues to build and, in this edition to the series, we find out more about the Psy and the PsyNet. Knowing what is to come, I find this refresher is as interesting as it was the first time I read it. Only, this time it makes a bit more sense. I love how Nalini is able to blend so many different cultural issues, secrets and mysteries in with such well thought out characters and a hot HEA to boot.
There is something for everyone in this series. It continues to be one of my favorites. I am thoroughly enjoying my re-read. I'm finding there were little things I missed during my initial read. And, the narrator of the audiobooks does a very good job, which makes listening to the books very enjoyable.
Initial Thoughts (2009) Vaughan, the wildest of the bunch, more animal than man, falls for an F-Psy, Faith, who has been isolated from people and the world since she was three. A foreseer worth billions to the Psy. Vaughan knows what he wants and he goes for it. ;)...more