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Sky Pirates

(The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Following A Conspiracy of Alchemists and A Clockwork Heart, Sky Pirates is the third book of the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series, starring the spunky dirigible pilot Elle Chance and the handsome warlock Marsh. For urban fantasy fans and readers of Gail Carriger's Changeless and Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, a fun, fast-paced, action-packed new historical fantasy advent ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Del Rey
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Wayne Marinovich
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the third instalment as much as the first two. Recommended can
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The first two novels in the series were both great and I was curious about this third installment. Well I must say that I do not remember a lot of things about the end of the previous volume, and I was a little anxious at the beginning of the story, however, everything finally came back pretty fast.

The end of the previous volume had left Elle and Hugh in a rather delicate situation. Oh yes, because Hugh has disappeared without a trace and Chance must now try
The Chronicles of Light and Shadow series had it's ups and downs, but I loved it because it had kick-ass heroine and wonderful steampunk goodies. A Clockwork Heart with a clifhanger ending left me yearning for a sequel. But as it often happens, when the Sky Pirates was in my greedy hands, I was distracted by shinier newer titles, and newer read it. 4 years later, I decided to correct that mistake.

The third book in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow series feels like a combination of the previous
I would like to thank Del Rey & NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

NOTE: If you haven't yet read the first two books in this series, stop here. This series builds successively with the advent of each new installment. Without the information contained in the previous books this one will have far less meaning and power. As well, the review for this book contains inheren
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Del Rey
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ISBN: 9780345541307
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5

Publisher Description: With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive—the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel
Anna (BooksandBookends)
I received a free ebook copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was fortunate enough to meet Liesel Schwarz at a book signing in London earlier this year, where she was signing copies of this particular book. Having not read the previous two in the series, I bought the first two after reading the blurb as well as part of the first chapter and such a good decision that was. In fact, I wish I had bought this third instalment of the series as well
3.5 stars

I thought this series was a trilogy but apparently there is another book on the way. After reading this one, that's good news.
It picks up about a year & a half after the last book. Marsh is still a with, wandering the netherworld while Elle tries to piece together their life. She's never stopped looking for some way for them to be reunited, expanding her search by taking on dangerous jobs no other pilot dares.
Meanwhile, the traitorous Patrice Chevalier has been transformed. In a lit
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little nervous starting Sky Pirates the third book in Liesel Schwarz’s Chronicles of Light and Shadow. The second book, A Clockwork Heart, left me frustrated, but wow Sky Pirates brought back all of the elements I loved in A Conspiracy of Alchemists. Action packed, with lovable characters this steampunk has us traveling the world, and engaging in battles. The heroine Elle Chance is fantastic. She is kick-ass and determined. I don't recommend crossing her.

Schwarz weaves steampunk, science
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was very impressed with the third installments in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow. To me delight I discovered that there will be more books to come (for some reason I thought this was a trilogy). If you have not read the other two books I recommend you do that as they are important parts of this story. I had to refresh my memory about what exactly happened to Hugh in the last book and I also had to brush up on Patrice.
After the sad ending of the last book where Elle has lost Hugh to the Sha
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


Following on the heals of its predecessor, The Clockwork Heart, Sky Pirates deals with the consequences of everything since then. Elle has lost her husband. Hugh Marsh is more of a dead/undead wraith now deciding to be faraway from his wife to keep her safe. Her coping mechanism on the other hand, is to throw herself into continuing her work as a pilot to the Water Lily. Her work brings her on the tangent of the Captain Dashwood
Amber at Fall Into Books
Sky Pirates got off to an incredibly slow start for me. Elle's obsession with bringing back Marsh was a bit annoying at times, though I can't say that I wouldn't have been the same way in her position. Once the ball got rolling and we were able to get to know some of the new characters, though, things started to pick up. I really loved Dashwood, and Schwarz's writing was much better this time around, in my opinion. The last half of the book flew by, and I liked the ending. I hate love triangles, ...more
Kate H
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fast past great writing and engaging characters a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved this installment of the Chronicles of Light and Shadow, as ever it was enjoyable to read. I can't wait for more from this author.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive—the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle—the keeper of the barrier betw
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
while there are quite a few holes and repetitive texts I still really enjoyed reading all three books.

the box wasn't really intense and heavily described everything which I personally enjoyed as a first time steam punk reader.
unfourtanly I didn't enjoy the ending that much as the cut off was abrupt and with no noise of a 4th I'm afraid the lack of cutting off loose ends has lowered my rating for this.

if a 4th ever does get out and I pick this story up again then I will surely change my review al
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-ill
This book lost a lot of points for an ending that doesn't tie much up, and no sequel in sight. At the time I read this, this book is 5 years old, and with no book 4 listed, I assumed this was a complete trilogy.

There's also the issue of a left-field romantic triangle, which I don't find very believable. It's a fun, magical steampunk story, and if it'd wrapped up better, I'd recommend it.
Tasha Lo
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Was that the ending? I love this series and the book was amazing but it only gets 3 stars for the ending since I can't find evidence of a fourth book. Left SO MANY questions unanswered! If the series continues I'll probably rate it higher.
Anna Marie
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0-2019
Light and Shadow are connected, Elle is looking for her missing husband and running from her pain. She is the Oracle. Can she find a way to bring her husband back from where he is lost? Can she keep away from the Dark Alchemist?
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Despise Love Triangles

Too many spoilers. Not going to spoil it for anyone. But, even though this was well written in a pretty good book, when the next one comes out, I am not reading it.
Michael O'Donnell
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A good read. Steam punk gave over to gushy romance. Nice play between light and shadow. A book torn between steam and iron, fairies and dark orgies and buddhist precepts. Feminist theme.
Damian Knight
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great end to the trilogy, I liked the writing style and good characters
Colleen Taylor
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whether it was my distaste for what happened in book two (A Clockwork Heart), the fact that Marsh was pretty much non-existent, or that it just took me so long to truly set time aside to read, it was a slow-go getting into the story. Once I did, however, the adventure rang true from the previous two books.

Favorite Line: "On life's journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, n
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. This was a very well done continuation of this steampunk adventure series. I continue to enjoy Elle as a character and love all the magic of the Barrier and the constant balancing between the powers of Light and Shadow.

Elle journeys far from her home in this book, eventually ending up as part of a pirate crew on an airship. She adventures through deserts and jungles in a desperate effort to find a way to return her husband Marsh to the realm
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

Sky Pirates is the third book in Liesel Schwarz's series The Chronicles of Light and Shadow and continues to be an entertaining read with a touch of Steampunk and Paranormal that keeps things fun and interesting. Filled with globe trotting adventure and romance, this series follows spunky heroine Elle as this time around she travels to the far reaches of the jungles of Cambodia in search of a way to break the curse that traps her beloved Hugh who is trapped between the realm of Light and Shadow

Zach Sparks

This one was a little clunkier than the first two. I still love listening to Amy McFadden read these, she's very good, but the material wasn't quite up to par.
Elle has lost her husband Marsh to the Shadow over a year ago at the start of Sky Pirates. In her grief she has decided that the best thing she can do other than continuously patrol the Shadow looking for Marsh is to take on increasingly esoteric and dangerous charters on her airship. Lucky for her (see: unlikely co
Book Gannet
So far there’s been a lot to like about this Steampunk series. There’s Hugh Marsh the ancient warlock who gave up everything to be with the woman he loves, Loisa the Nightcrawler with a wonderful line in sophisticated sarcasm, an absinthe fairy who does exactly as she pleases, not to mention a wonderful late Victorian world full of clever little magics and mechanics.

Yet all of the above are missing in this, the third offering of this series. I know Marsh was cursed to become a wraith in the last
When faced with a chance at true love or bringing back the love you've lost, what would you do?

Elle Chance has taken to piloting the airship, Water Lily. While globe trotting, she is also searching for a way to bring her husband back from his curse as a wrath. When she is attacked by pirates, Elle makes some life altering choices and major mistakes. When the hot but distant Captain comes into her perspective, Elle has some major conflicting emotions over her husband and the captain.

In the begin
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, arc, romance, au

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Sky Pirates continues Schwarz' Victorian steampunk adventure by upping the ante in several plot points. Pirate adventures are just too perfect a foil for our intrepid heroine and with her husband out of the action, time to add in another love interest as well. In love and war, Elle Chance is going to find herself sorely pressed.

Story: Elle is privateering on her ship the Water Lily. When she takes aboard an archeologist,
I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.

Elle Chance is still in mourning over the loss of her husband to the Shadow but after hearing that if she can find the mythical city of Angkor Wat and what lays there she may be able to bring him back, she sets off on an adventure to get him back.

I’m going to start this off by stating that I did not read the first two books in the series and while I was a little lost in the beginning the author did a very good job at explaining/recapping t
This is apparently the third book in the series. I didn’t realise this until after I started reading and discussing this with my daughter. It seems she has signed copies for the earlier books at home and, having thoroughly enjoyed this book, I’ll be checking them out, too!

Eleanor Chance goes by a variety of names but most folk seem to call her Elle. She’s also the Oracle - the sole being protecting the barrier between the powers of Light and Shadow. The Council of Warlocks has been taken over by
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, steampunk
Please note this is a review of the third book of The Chronicles of Light and Shadow and there may be spoilers in respect to earlier books (you can check my review on book1, here, & book 2, here)

I was taken by surprised with the darker tone in book 2 and was left heartbroken at the end of it so I needed to know where this story will go next. And again, I was taken totally by surprised in the change of direction as Sky Pirates was actually a really fun read –not dark at all. In fact, it was r
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Liesel Schwarz has an MA in creative writing and is currently completing her doctorate in English and creative writing at Brunel University.

A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle, and the correct way to drink absinthe. She also likes Medieval stuff, pirates, zombies, space operas a

Other books in the series

The Chronicles of Light and Shadow (3 books)
  • A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicle of Light and Shadow, #1)
  • A Clockwork Heart (The Chronicle of Light and Shadow, #2)