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The Engineered Throne just blew the Mad Scientist nearly out of her corset. Every littleStop by for a spot of tea or more book reviews at Mad Steam ***
The Engineered Throne just blew the Mad Scientist nearly out of her corset. Every little while when updating my progress on GoodReads there was little to say other than how much in love with the book MS was. Which was throughout the whole of the novel. Truly.
Vellem is a young gentleman who is head of the 21st Regiment, the Army Corps of Engineers who pride themselves as being the best engineers who can bring into existence as well as dismantle with use of ogre powder. Thrusting himself into his work he gradually made himself a remarkable name known throughout the lands. Due to his engineering exploits Vellem's role turns out to be paramount to the plot.
His eldest brother & minister to the King, Koit, arranged for Vellem to marry Perdith, a young princeling with only a slight chance of sitting on the throne, so that previous animosity between two kingdoms can attempt peace.
The plot is mostly action driven within a detailed world which kept all lulls at bay. MS was scrolling at such a swift rate one might have feared the lacy gloves would gain several more holes. Assassination attempts galore, mass killings, battles, and MS does so enjoy a good military skirmish. One cannot be prim and proper all the days of such a long year.
The hardcore romance was missing. However, this would be one of those reasons MS did enjoy the book. There were bouts of worry & anxiety between Vellem & Perdith. Small bits of hate & growth between them that turned into desire. Their development from arranged marriage to devotion was a perfect fit more so than falling into each others arms as strangers.
Megan Derr created an alternative historical world wherein two men being together was not prejudiced by others. Wherein dragons chirp and love flowers. Wherein sabotage and traitors had MS engrossed late into night. It has been entirely too long since MS has lost sleep over a book.
MS does look forward to more inky goodness by Megan Derr. Howbeit, warning is due. Tis being an advanced copy the copy editing is a touch tarnished with a few mistakes here and there. Nonetheless, this did not hinder my enjoyment.
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First Lines: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it. Concoction of a Review: Firelight is buPosted at Steampunkery & Book Reviews
First Lines: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it. Concoction of a Review: Firelight is built around the idea of beings that are decedent of dragons known as Draki. What an intriguing idea... supernatural Dragon Shifters!! There secret needs to be kept otherwise dire consequences will result. *gasps*
Draki's can shift into human form, however, depending on what type of Draki you are you may have other powers. Like creating mist. Jacinda is the first Fire Breather to be born in centuries. She has no control of her life. The pride has plans for her. Jacinda is young woman, Draki, who is stuck between who she is and who she should be.
Chapter one does its job. I was drawn in and could not let go. Jacinda was being hunted after risking the exposure of the Draki's secret. Which leads up to her mother panics and take her and her twin Tamra and moves them to the desert. Her Draki starts to wither, she risks more to keep that from happening.
Not another love triangle...
Except I sort of liked this one. Cassian, also a Draki is the prince of the pride. With the exception of the pride's plan of her mating with Cassian to make more fire breathers, I do believe that there is a small flame of lust between them.
The other match, Will, hunts & kills Draki's with his extended family. Forbidden love just makes it that much more interesting. *grin* Smoldering at best Will awakens Jacinda's Draki which is dangerous. She needs to learn how to control herself around him.
That is one wild range but I love both sides! The Mad Scientist is beyond curious about who will be chosen. *waggles eyebrow*
I can hardly smirk at the idea of Dragons any longer. I thought the world Sophie Jordan created was diverse. The ending was grand and the descriptions were vivid.
Not for everyone but the internal conflict of personal identity and purpose is something all young adults go through.
*Purchased this book for myself which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *...more