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Her Ladyship's Curse

(Disenchanted & Co. Book 1, Part #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  684 ratings  ·  115 reviews
In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by Pocket Star
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Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I am completely baffled by the marketing decision to split Disenchanted & Co. into two parts. The first part, Her Ladyship's Curse came out on August 12th 2013, and the second one will be available from October 14th. However, if you want to wait and buy the whole book as a paperback or an ebook you can wait till January 2014.

I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for a reader to buy part #1 without realising how abruptly it ends and then wait two months to read the seco
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Kit is a curse breaker. She disenchants those suffering under curses and hexes.

And she doesn’t believe in magic. There always seems to be a rational reason for all of the magic people claim to be enduring and experiencing yet it doesn’t stop what seems to be an inordinate swarm of charlatans and con-artists trying to peddle magic to the unbelievably credulous masses.

Thankfully, she’s an able detective, able to find the truth behind the so-called curses, even if, as a woman working for herself in
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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This was coasting along; a decent, if shallow, alternative history steampunk.... until that non-ending reared its head to frustrate me. Her Ladyship's Curse has an intriguing enough premise - a supernatural steampunk story set in "Toriana" (Provincial Union of Victoriana), a version of the United States where the Revolutionary War failed - but execution was shallow if serviceable. For the most part... but I will get to my severe dissat
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
What a disappointment.
After a promising short story My Lord Mayhem, I thought I'd love this. I didn't like the main character. She is one of those too tough and independent to be smart female characters. While this ends in a cliffhanger (the first book is divided in two parts, don't ask me why), I am not that eager to read the second one. Not saying I won't read it. Kit was so annoying that I need a break.

The world building is promising though. The series is set in America that lost the Revol
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars
First and foremost: if you hate cliff-hangers or serials stay well away from Her Ladiship's Curse. This short (very short) book simply ends mid-action; I can't even talk of a cliff-hanger, because there's not an end. There's simply a curtain call and a "Lady and Gentlemen goodnight".
Honestly I didn't expect that and it left me baffled. I don't really like cliffhangers, but I get them. They are a way of closing a story giving you a nudge towards the next. But this cutting of a novelet
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked Her Ladyship's Curse by Darkyn author Lynn Viehl. Her Ladyship’s Curse has a bit of steampunk along with magic and mystery set in alternate world where the Revolutionary war was won by the Brits.

I liked the heroine who has her own business debunking the strange and magical - she doesn’t believe in magic and there is a reason for this belief – and there is a death mage who wants her and a constable who seems to be interested as well. I enjoyed this story story which completes later this y
Carolyn F.
I read this as one book. The first part of the book was good but the second part made it great.

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With a tag including Steampunk, one would expect a bit more steampunk incorporated into this story. Instead, it's more urban fantasy on a retold timeline. The steampunk in this tale is quite light. Still, the novel is interesting and I enjoy how history is designed with Great Britain, or the "Crown" winning instead of Washington.

Kit is a magical null. Magic doesn't work around her which is why she believes all mages to be thieving scam artist. This world Ms. Viehl created is intriguing. It para
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the first book of a duology but, if you ask me, I'd say this is actually one-half of a book.
There's a huge difference between being one-half of a duology and one-half of a book.

I liked the story and the characters well enough. But there were too many useless parts (like lengthy descriptions of places and things, backgrounds of secondary characters) that felt like being put there just to bloat the book's words count. If you cut those parts out, you get the length of the average novella.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
So I was genuinely interested in the story. It was different from others of the genre. But I am not a fan of forcing a woman and so didn't like the hero at all. Should have given it 1*. (view spoiler)
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I love fantasy/steampunk, particularly when it's done well. And this one is - Her Ladyship's Curse is really quite an enjoyable read, with a likeable female protagonist, a multi-layered story (what turns out to be another mystery in the line of Kit's investigations turn out to be rather a complicated plot, which is the sort of thing that ticks all my boxes) and an interesting setting. It's really too bad that there are some obvious flaws that simply couldn't be overlooked.

Let's start
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

In Rumsen, almost everyone believes in magic. Not Charmian Kittredge. As the proprietress of Disenchanted & Co., Kit makes her living by solving crimes others claim to be caused by magic, exposing charlatans and dispelling the supernatural. Though she does her best to avoid the Hill — Rumsen’s closest thing to an aristocracy — Kit finds herself among the blue-blooded once more when she takes Lady Diana Walsh’s c
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Alt-History, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Her Ladyship's Curse, along with His Lordship Possessed are two separate parts of the same novel, Disenchanted & Co., which will be released together January 28th, 2014 by Pocket Books. Since both parts intersect with the other, I am going to review them as one book instead of two. It’s called taking creative liberties.

The world of Disenchanted & Co is set in an alternative reality United States called Toriana (The Provin
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Thoughts: When I read Disenchanted & Co., Part 1, I had already downloaded Part 2, so I was aware that it was not a stand alone. When I finished Part 1, I had the same thoughts I've had quite often lately: why write a relatively short novel with a cliffhanger instead of a longer novel that completes the story.

Of course, one reason might be that by dividing one book into parts and selling each of them separately could result in financial benefits. I don't mind trilogies or series, especially
Eoghann Irving
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Her Ladyship's Curse is a book that should have gotten higher marks but certain decisions made by the author hurt it. It's an interesting combination of steampunk, urban fantasy and paranormal romance set in a world where United States lost the American (or Torian in this world I suppose) War of Independance.

Our female protagonist is something of an outsider, both because she's female and also because it seems that unlike everyone else she doesn't believe in magic. In fact she has made a living
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My English review

I knew Lynn Viehl by another paranormal romance series but I admit that I was immediately intrigued by this new book. I love steampunk stories and mixing it with investigations could only be promising. And indeed, after reading the first book I can only recommend the series and the author. The worst thing that happened to me was to get to the end of the first part and understand that I would have to wait to read more of it. The novel ends in effect in the mi
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

4.5 Stars

Miss Charmian “Kit” Kittredge lives in a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolution. It is a time of machines and magic. But Kit doesn’t believe in magic and her detective agency has debunked many so called curses and enchantments. But Kit may have taken on more than she can handle when a high society lady asks for her help as she is being attacked whilst she sleeps. But Kit’s investigation leads her to discover her own family’s sordid past as well attracting the unwanted at
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love steampunk books, so when I saw this in the Teen/Young Adult section, I had to give it a try. I will say that I don't agree with their classification. I think a lot of people try to put all steampunk as a teen-only genre, and I heartily disagree with that. I love that she got help from one of my favorite steampunk writers, Gail Carriger, while writing it. One of the first things I will say about this book is the author has superb world-building skills. The book is set in an alternate histo ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
In Disenchanted & Co., authoress Lynn Viehl has created a world where steampunk and magic exist side by side and mysteries abound.

This story is a wonderful mix of the old and the new. Old, in the sense that there are definite nods given to the Historical Romance genre given the overall tone of the novel. New in that an entirely never before seen world has been created.

Kit Kittredge is for the most part a very likeable protagonist; although her insistence that all magic is a farce, flies in t
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Do you believe in magic? Charmian Kittredge does not. She thinks all magicians are quacks, liars or charlatans. She knows all the tricks that fake mages play on the susceptible public. She and her company Disenchanted & Co. take on cases and set out to uncover the truth of such chicanery.

Lynn Viehl's newest steampunk fantasy is set in an alternative world in which the traitorous American colonists (the "Torians") lost the Great Uprising and those not willing to swear an oath to the Crown wer
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Entrenched in a mans world, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge, is a private investigator that might have just gotten herself in over her head this time. As a magical null, Kit has never seen evidence that magic exists but something very evil and very magical wants Kit.

I found this book to be a quick, easy enjoyable read, Her Ladyship's Curse leaves us with a whopper of a cliffhanger...of course, making us want more. This action packed steampunk story took us into a dark and vivid world of magic, mystery
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, steampunk
Her Ladyship's Curse is a book set in an alternate history where the United States lost the Revolutionary war and thus we are still ruled by England. Women are still treated as chattel and have very few rights and privileges. Magic works in this universe and the technology is consistent with the steam punk genre.

A young woman who is a disbeliever in magic, Charmian "Kit" Kittrege has set herself up as an investigator of sorts, though most folks hire her to remove curses, she sees her job as fin
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
If I had to sum up Disenchanted & Company, Part 1: Her Ladyship’s Curse it would be interesting. Here is why:

Worldbuilding: The story has some very intense worldbuilding. It is set in an alternate history where America lost the Revolutionary War and where magic works. Her Ladyship’s Curse has to blend the alternate history, the location and the magic into the story. I had to play very close attention to all the details in order to absorb all of the information about those three elements. Tha
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Viehl departs from the paranormal romance genre for steampunk alternate history. What if America had never won its independence and stayed a subject of the English Crown? Viehl brings us this world and adds a bit of steampunk and a people who very much believe in magic and curses. Well, almost everybody. Kit is a private investigator who looks into claims of magic. She believes all mages and fortune tellers are charlatans. Her current case is for a women who believes she is cursed. Investigating ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
I'm in love with the steampunk subgenre, and this novella portrays it in such a great way. The story takes place in an alternate timeline when America lost the Revolutionary War, and the United States is now called Toriana, or The Provincial Union of Victoriana. Americans are now citizens of England, and everything is changed.

The world building the author accomplished in this story is remarkable. The author even included a multi-page glossary in the back for the terminology, some made-up and som
Elaine Carass
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I recieved this book through netgalley

I enjoyed this book it was well written and flowed together nicely with no needless bits in.
Your thrown straight into the action from the first page and it keeps going right to the end. The world building was a little lax at times and I found it difficult to imagine it in my head at times, even though the description of the tunnels was perfect.

I liked the character of Kitt, she was strong from the start and stayed strong even when her life was in peril. Ilik
Jess the Romanceaholic
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Expected Release Date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Star
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Disenchanted & Co.
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Cliff Hanger Ending
Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers, Everyday Magic

Look at that first line of the blurb — “In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War…”. Right then and there I was already
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with Her Ladyship's Curse, and I was happy to have no expectations going in because I really enjoyed the tale that Viehl weaved. Viehl has created a delightful heroine in Kit, whose job is to help prove that there is no such thing as magic and curses. This job brings her into contact with high society when a wife fears that she has been cursed. Despite everyone including nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore warning her away from this case, Kit is unable to tur ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This novella is set in an alt America that lost the Revolutionary War and uses magic and steam tech. Kit doesn't believe in magic since it never seems to work around her. This puts her at odds with almost the rest of the world. As she is investigating a case of magical harassment she crosses paths with a childhood friend that works for the police and a deathmage that is very interested in her. The world building is very interesting to me and the introduction of the friends that help her out is v ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very intriguing entry into the Steampunk genre. Lynn Viehl
carefully crafted her alternate world then peopled it with
characters formed by the environment. The main characters
were mysterious, engaging and delightful, the story's darker
underpinnings highlighting the wry moments woven throughout.
Looking forward to reading book two, His Lordship Possessed.
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Also see S.L. Viehl, Gena Hale, Jessica Hall. Rebecca Kelly.

She writes mostly novels in a variety of genres and under several pseudonyms. Among them are science fiction (as S. L. Viehl), romantic fiction (as Lynn Viehl, Gena Hale, and Jessica Hall), and Christian fiction (as Rebecca Kelly). She has described herself as primarily a writer of romance: no matter what genre she is working in, an eleme

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