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Ivey Thornton is a strong-willed girl, struggling to find her purpose in the world of Aether. Having come of age, Ivey grudgingly agrees to travel to the estate of the reclusive young inventor, Miles Fenchurche, to see if they can find happiness in a proper marriage. Ivey plans to sabotage her engagement so she can follow in her father's footsteps, but she's not the only o ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Pantala Press (first published February 5th 2012)
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Cheryl Ammeter Hi, Elizabeth -

It all began when my daughter asked me to write a fantasy back in 2006. I originally meant to write "Ivey and the Airship" as a screenp…more
Hi, Elizabeth -

It all began when my daughter asked me to write a fantasy back in 2006. I originally meant to write "Ivey and the Airship" as a screenplay, but as my imagination took me further into the world of Aether, I realized that I was about to author my first novel. Soon after that, I realized it would take at least four more books to tell whole the story.

I was writing television scripts for "Barney & Friends" at the time, so I spent six months just imagining the world and its characters before I actually had time to sit down and start the first chapter. I worked on it between scripts assignments, and didn't finish the last chapter until December of 2010.

At that point, a team of very talented people took on the jobs of editing, graphic design, interior & cover design, and setting up the process of printing. I received the first printed copy in November of 2011, and the book went live at the major online vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo in December.

It is without a doubt one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced in a fairly interesting life.

I hope that answers your question, Elizabeth!(less)

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Lisa Secrist
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Wonderful and charming premise, writing so clunky I couldn't do more than skim it.
Jean Woods
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up without any knowledge of what I was in for. Scanning the back of the book for clues about the content, I grew excited. I have never read a steampunk sci-fi novel before! Having been a long time appreciator of the style and never a participator of the subculture (yet), I was interested to see what this book had to offer.

Adventure. And lots of it.

But I must warn you, this is a very girly book. It appeals to the kind of girls who like to read stories about young women rebellin
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Verity Brown
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young fans of steampunk

I liked this book...just not as much as I hoped I would. All the elements of a good steampunk story are there: intriguing alternative science, a brave heroine, an admirable hero, fun sidekicks.... So what went wrong?

One thing that seems to be missing in the plot mix is a clear villain. There are various problems to be solved, which at least keep the plot moving. But the book is half over before we get a shadowy glimpse of the real bad guys and the barest hint at what is driving the overall plot.
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Merry Farmer
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. It was imaginative and engaging, and the characters were well drawn. The world that Cheryl Ammeter creates is three-dimensional and memorable. I also appreciated her style of storytelling. It was just antiquated enough to give a strong sense of the steampunk genre without alienating this modern reader.

There were a few minor distractions to the storytelling. The first three chapters were heavy with backstory that could have been handled with less exposition. There wa
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Jean Leggett
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Ivey and the Airship" is a book that I will cherish for many years to come. Steampunk, a genre and concept completely new to me, is Victorian sensibilities meets science fiction, as I understand it. Young Ivey lives in a gorgeously described world called Aether, and things are very prim and proper as Victorian times would dictate. Ivey is, well, a bit of an anomaly. She's feisty, curious and assertive, not at all what we expect from the genteel ladies. And that's what makes her so easy to fall ...more
Tanna
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The book is a wonderful read and story. The story of how I came to the book is just as much fun as the book.
Walking our neighborhood one Sunday we went into an Open House for sale and meet another couple from the neighborhood; looking to sell our respective homes. After introductions we toured our respective homes and Cheryl Ammeter autographed and gave me a copy of her book! What a way to meet your neighbors ;-)

Steampunk as a genre was new to me. I focused on it's being fantasy. I'm ok with fan
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Jessica Harmon
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The author may claim to not intentionally write steampunk, but she does a good job of hitting all the cool steampunk tropes. We have airships! Aether! Adventuring! And even a female protagonist. There may be a bit more magic/spirituality in this book than in the normal technocentric steampunk novels, but everything is given that fictional science coating of explanation.

I liked that no one really fell into their roles completely without complaint. There was always another layer or history to a ch
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BB
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unable-to-finish
The premise of the book is very charming and interesting. I really wanted to like this book and persisted through the early chapters in hopes the plot would be rewarding enough to overlook the Mary Sue styled characters and simple writing style.

I used to try to finish all the books I start, but now I have become a bit of a pretentious reader and keeping me reading depends a lot on the quality of writing. The writing in this book reminded me of a novelist in their infancy stages - where you have
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Amanda Alexander
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a signed original print to read as a gift from the author. It took me a while to finally get to read it, family obligations and such, but once I did, I found that I literally couldn't put it down. I hid it on my lap at work so my boss wouldn't see me reading while I should have been working. The characters were real and enthralling. Just enough sci-fi, just a touch of romance and Cheryl has just the perfect touch with dialogue. I really loved it. But the funniest part w ...more
Amber
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The world of Aether is filled with wondrous (even dangerous) characters. Ivey became my instant heroine and with every page I couldn't help but cheer her on. It's hard for me not to connect with a character I see so much of myself in, but the great thing about Ivey is that everyone will love her personality and courage. The story itself draws you in and it refuses let you go, I read it from the time it was put in my hands until three am the next morning, hanging on every one of Cheryl's written ...more
Jill Sayre
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that engages the reader. It is written with beautiful descriptions and imaginative details that take you to new and special places-- and I wish such an airship existed! Each character has a unique voice, and the story takes unexpected turns. It is filled with adventure, which is brought on by the strong and spunky main character, Ivey, a girl with great self-esteem and big dreams. This is a book that appeals to boys, girls, as well as adults. I cannot wait for the next b ...more
Allison
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed the imaginative premise of this novel, though I found the writing somewhat stilted and clunky. Ms. Ammeter clearly has boundless creativity and the skill to weave a complex and engaging story, though I felt that language and character nuance took a backseat to advancing from plot point to plot point.
Darcy Juhl
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Ivey's adventures and I look forward to more!
Ian O'brien
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
steampunk can be awesome. this was ok.
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Cheryl Ammeter grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa and currently lives in Pacifica, CA with her brilliant husband, her gifted children, and two backyard tuxedo cats that came with the house. She is best known as an award-winning scriptwriter for seven seasons of the globally acclaimed children’s program, Barney & Friends. At Radio Disney, she wrote and performed in a wide variety of Disney features in ...more

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