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The Warlock's Curse (Veneficas Americana #3)

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THE YEAR IS 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering.

But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why.

Determined to get the
Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Demimonde
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon

My overall view of this book is: "Ok, this is interesting. The prologue was kinda weird, but, other than that, this is pretty decent so far. Not quite the same charm as the first, but I'm digging the whole steampunkish Tesla thing. Will and Jenny are both a bit spoiled, but I understand where they're coming from. Ok, this is interesting... I wonder what's going to happen with that contract thing. Hmm...

*reads some more*

What? WTF? What just happened? Oh my holy god, what did I just read?"

Patrice Sarath
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Warlock's Curse by M.K. Hobson is one of the best books I've read all year, and possibly one of the hardest to review. If I write about what happens in the book, it becomes spoilery; if I write about the emotional sleigh ride* the book takes the reader on, that becomes spoilery too. This is partly because I didn't know what to expect at all; if I give any clues as to the trajectory of the emotional course, anyone reading this review will be anticipating the changes, and that ruins the fun.

MeiLin Miranda
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
MK Hobson continues her series on her own--and boy am I glad writers have the option these days. Otherwise we would never have gotten this continuation of the story of Emily Edwards and Dreadnought Stanton.

The story now moves to their son, Will, a talented young engineer. His parents deny him an opportunity to study at Tesla Industries, but Will takes matters into his own hands and runs away with the help of Jenny Hansen. Jenny's an heiress, but not of the screwball variety; she has her own, sec
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one, very interesting take on an alternate history. I liked the way the author combined steampunk and magic. The world she created is very interesting and the more of the story that I read, the more drawn into it I became.
I also really enjoyed the characters. I liked Jenny and Will and I was really rooting for them to make it despite that both their families were working against them. I also liked some of the side characters like Briar and the Gores. I even began to take a
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Yay! This book was really good. I was getting so excited about it I was worried it would not live up to expectation. I backed this book on kickstarter and my faith was definitely not misplaced! This was one of those stay up all night to finish because it is so awesome books. It was also one of those books that at the end of it you are like, "ok, I need to read the one that comes next right now even if it is 4 am and I need to go to school tomorrow!" (and get tempted to send a billion dollars via ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the early twentieth century, but not as we know it. History is full of magic and recent history is full of science fiction, alternate dimensions that have lead to inventions inspired, and powered by, Otherwhere.

Will Edwards is eighteen and a genius. He is angry at his family and his father in particular, who has refused without explanation to allow Will to accept an apprenticeship offer from Tesla Industries. Will is planning rebellious acts that he doesn't have the money to fund.

Luckily fo
A.M. Dellamonica
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed M.K. Hobson’s second novel, The Hidden Goddess, for back when it came out. And I have been eagerly awaiting the sequel ever since.

The thing about this book is: what do I say? I am a spoilerphobe and I try to write spoiler-free book write-ups; this is sooper-hooper tricky in the case of M.K. Hobson’s Veneficas Americana series, because The Warlock’s Curse is intimately tied to the events of the preceding two books. This means a discussion of this third novel requires tapdancin
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you really can't label as adult or YA. If anything I would maybe say New Adult because Will is eighteen and Jenny is 17. But it's appropriate for YA readers and Will definitely has his moments of being a teenager instead of the adult he should be acting as.

I am a huge fan of M.K. Hobson. Her books The Native Star and The Hidden Goddess were on my favorites lists the years they released. The world that she has created pretty much blows my mind. It has the history I tend
K. Lincoln
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
M.K. Hobson did a Kickstarter campaign to finance the writing of this, the third in her alternate American History Magic/Steampunk (heavier on the Magic than the Gadget)series that started with Native Star. It came as no surprise to me at all that her campaign was successful. I fell in immediate, irrevocable love with her characters from the first two books.

Will and Jenny, the stars of The Warlock's Curse, were just as personable, but for me, a bit more whiny and naive than Dreadnought Stanton a
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally at:

I don't know why I waited so long to rec this book. My own actions baffle me.

So I have already recommended another of M.K. Hobson's books, THE NATIVE STAR, which is one of my absolute favorites and, as it happens, the first book in this series. Why am I recommending THE WARLOCK'S CURSE separately then? apart from obviously liking to bend rules and such

THE WARLOCK'S CURSE is actually the start of a new duology within the series, so technicall
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
This was a really enjoyable book! There were so many great things about it.

The prologue definitely set an interesting tone. It describes the struggle that witchhunter Anson Kendall faces in trying to get revenge on warlock Aebedel Cowdray and finish his father's work, but the warlock places a curse on Anson and his family, promising to return in the bodies of his descendants and do evil on the nights of the full moon. This was written in an excellent style which was extremely effective for the s
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Warlock's Curse is the third book in the Venificas Americas series, but it is set at a different time than the first two and it has a new set of characters. I love reading series in order so I can get the full effect of the books, but I wasn't lost or confused by starting with this book. I loved the Warlock's Curse and I will be getting the first two books in the series to read as well, because if they are like this one I know I will love them too.

I am a major history nerd. I was a history
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE WARLOCK’S CURSE is a fascinating, dark, adventure story filled to the brim with steampunk science and technology. The first few chapters dragged a little but the second half of the story more than made up for the lackluster start with some startling revelations.

So much of a good steampunk novel comes down to atmosphere. The detailed, scientific explanations of various machines greatly helped with creating that tone though I could have done with a li
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book took me a long time to finish.

Actually, no, that's not quite right. It took me a long time to get to the middle. Once I got about halfway (maybe 60%?) through, I finished it in a very short time.

My main problem with the book was that I didn't like anyone. Everyone seemed either unpleasant or stupid/naive (or both), including the main characters, and so I didn't have anyone to root for or care about.

That might have been okay, but for some reason, the humorously wry turns of phrase that
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
The first thing that intrigued me about this book was the fact that it’s a steampunk set in the United States. It’s not often that I’ve seen a steampunk title set outside of England, so that immediately made me take notice. Once I started reading I was impressed with the fabulous world building. There’s a whole alternate history in this book, filled with science, steampunk, and magic. The book features such a dense setting, which at times was daunting, but overall really added to the richness of ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review from Queen of Swords Book Reviews.

* The world-building is amazing. This is real American history with a very large twist. A couple of times I found myself wanting to research some of the events mentioned in the story to see if they were real or only in this alternate reality.
* The book does have a large steampunk component to it though the gadgets are by no means at the center of the story. I thought the devices were neat and well-integrated into the world.
* The magic system is uniq
Brigid Keely
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction, fantasy, au
"The Warlock's Curse" is the third book in a series, but you can easily read it without having read the first two books. It leaves a great deal unresolved, but it looks like a fourth book is planned that will finish the series (or at least this part of the series) off.

"Warlock's" follows the adventures of William Edwards, 18, and his 17 year old former childhood friend Jenny Stanton, as they bluff their way through a marriage of convenience and an apprenticeship (on his end) at Tesla Industries
after a pair of somewhat lighter historical-fantasy-romances (albeit, ones with a darker undercurrent in the form of nasty villains), the series dives much more deeply into that dark tone with the 3rd installment. Hobson has apparently completed the tale of the delightfully-named Dreadnought Stanton and his dirt-witch bride, moving on to tell the story of the couples' youngest son here. from the get-go, the main character is a pretty gawd-awful jerk (his willful carelessness likely killed his el ...more
I've been meaning to write a review for this book for awhile, but now that I finally have the time again I will.

First off all this book is brilliant! What I mean is that the characters, plot, themes, motifs, and overall structure is pitch perfect. Everything about this book is great. The characters are well developed, the world building is intensely satisfying, and the magic system is incredibly well developed. I loved M.K Hobson's previous two books, although "The Native Star" is still by and f
Natalie C
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the book series I wish more people knew about!!

Yes this is the third book in a series and focuses on other characters while the previous characters in books 1&2 are now older and have been relegated to a supporting role in this book.

But that's ok with me. I love MK HOBSON's story and it's unpredictability. I think this book was written for voracious readers. It certainly went against a lot of my expectations for the story. And that's certainly not a bad thing.

If you really
Hannah Stewart
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hobson keeps the action moving in this third novel in her Veneficas Americana series. In this novel we meet Will Edwards, the son of Dreadnought Stanton and Emily Edwards - a young man unaware of his magical heritage. When he runs away to Detroit to take a position at Tesla Industries, however, his parents' past (and the curse they tried to evade) catches up with him.
Ali M.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I loved the previous duology in this series (The Native Star / The Hidden Goddess), so I was excited to see what Hobson had in store for the next generation of the Stanton/Edwards clan. Unfortunately, this entry never sat right with me. The writing was great, and I loved being back in Hobson's complex alternate America, but I never fell in step with Will and Jenny. The central concept of the book (which I can't explain here, or I'll spoil the whole thing) forces the author to tread a very fine l ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
**spoilers are in this review**

**I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review**

When I started reading this book, I liked it. It is a good story, well written, and interesting enough to keep you guessing without confussing you. This book was well on the way to being a 3 or 4 star book, until the last 2 pages of the book.

This book is a story about Will, who only wants to go to Detroit and work for Telsa Industries. His lifelong friend Jenny comes up with a plan to get him to Detroit
Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
I really disliked the prologue but got over it. Then for an interminable time the two mains were extremely annoying and there were things that weren't making sense. Then, everything just unraveled and there were very few things making sense. And then, I really disliked the ending. I closed the book thinking that I should have heeded the warning of the prologue 'this book is not for you'. But I was hopeful because I really liked the first two. Eh, what can you do?

For those that are interested and
May 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really wish I had stopped with the first two books. This book had so many sub plots that the author even overwhelmed herself and took a lazy quick way out and just ended it with over dramatics and no resolution. While the first two stories had characters you clung to with hope, this one was hopeless from early on. So disappointed! If, as another reviewer suggested, this was just setting up another book well I won't be waiting. Heck I would have to re-read this book again just to remember who l ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I skimmed The Native Star & The Hidden Goddess to remind myself of the premise and characters, but really I needn't have bothered. This story mostly follows new characters, and it's rather different from the first duology's more light-hearted tone. I didn't like the cliffhanger ending, and I was left unsure which subplots were red herrings, which were important, and which were more like plot holes. (And you bring Tesla and blood contracts into the plot, only for them to be completely abandon ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Magic can be found inside the cover of this great book. Witches, warlocks and those who would stop them from using magic are brought together in the life of two families that encompass the entire world. A love story that will break your heart and leave you asking "why". A family's struggle to keep secrets from their loved ones, family that isn't family,and mysterious machines come together in a spellbinder (pardon the pun) of a story. This is a great read that must have another book if for no ot ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This is such a hard review for me to right. I LOVED the first two books in the series and was so looking to this book. Perhaps that is my problem.

There are elements to the story that I like, Hobson writes a great steampunk mystery and there were chapters that I found myself caught up in...

However, in this story, I could not connect to the main characters which makes me sad because there were returning characters that I absolutely loved. Likewise, there were questions that I had that felt unanswe
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M.K. Hobson recently decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off all social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting.
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