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Dragons & Dirigibles

(Gaslight Chronicles #7)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Book seven of The Gaslight Chronicles

When airship engineer Melody McKay's dirigible explodes and plunges her into the yard of a gothic manor, she suspects foul play. With her ankle injured--an indignity far too feminine for her taste--she resolves to crack the mystery while in the care of Victor Arrington, the stuffy-yet-disarming Earl of Blackwell.

Ex-Royal Navy Captain Vi
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Published (first published January 1st 2014)
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Laura
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction? book blog


I like the Gaslight Chronicles series a lot, but I have to say that this isn't the strongest in the bunch. If you want the world building you get in a fabulous Steampunk, unfortunately you'll have to read in order. However, the romance works well as a stand-alone. So if you don't mind missing the world building, you'll be fine, i.e. won't be confused or anything.

In this (long) novella, we see Melody crash and burn on a test run of her latest dirigible. But
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Kelly
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really liked this book and I enjoyed the prickly romance between Melody and Victor, but it was a single line by one of the background characters that absolutely broke my heart this time around. *gives everyone a sad panda face* One line. Well played, Cindy Spencer Pape. Well played.

But let's get back to the couple whose book this is, shall we? Melody and Victor. She's opinionated and knows her way around mechanicals. He's convinced he wants a nice, demure lady for his wife. Yeah, he pr
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Beth
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it


Dragons & Dirigibles starts out as quite a cute story with a single man, taking care of his young niece trying to find his way when Melody McKay crash lands on Ex-Navy Captain Victor Arrinton's front lawn. With a broken ankle, Victor swipes Melody into his home which starts the journey of bringing her into his heart.

Every character in this story has spunk but add in an adorable niece, loyal and devoted dog and not to deny mentioning the sassy Melody herself you can't help but im
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Captain Victor Arrignton is forced to return to land, when his brother and sister in-law are killed in an accident. As the second son, Victor never expected to become the Earl but with a firm sense of duty, Victor attempts to establish a life at Black Heath and raise his niece Emma. Victor struggles with his new role, particularly trying to raise Emma to be a proper lady. as she seems for more interested in mathematics and science. than learning the traditional womanly skills of stitching, music ...more
Amber
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
this is a lot closer to what I've been wanting from this series. some mystery, a third act villain reveal, and feistiness. The end of it had me very meh about reading the next book, so I think I'll leave the series on a high note (at least for now). The romance is as ridiculously fast as the rest of the series, but I forgive it lol.
Okay for Aayesha.
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Delta
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2016
This is my first venture into the Gaslight Chronicles, so I'm not sure how this story fits into the series. I was expecting a bit of an action story, but it mostly revolved around romance. Not that it's a bad thing, but I guess I was hoping for more. ...more
Tori
Review will post in May issue of RT Book Review Magazine.
Liz
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 This is the only book I have read in this series and it can be read as a stand alone. It starts out interesting, with a dirigible piloted by Melody Mckay shot down over Victor Arrington's estate. The estate has been plagued by smugglers so a dirigible falling from the sky is certainly suspect. From there not much happens except the inevitable getting together of Melody and Victor. It wasn't terrible, but it was lacking. ...more
Kristen
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This story had good bones and the foundation of the story is probably my favorite in the series. However, I can only give it 2 stars because it felt more like a roughish draft rather than a final, published book. There were many inconsistencies and things that just didn't make sense. There were also quite a few typos. ...more
Ceola
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible-plus
Almost DNF. Kept going it got better
Al
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk Extraordinary!

Another excellent story with very consistent world and time sequences created by author. Gentle action and delightful mystery imossible to put down.
Mhollie
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better

Than the last few books. Much richer of a story and better developed characters. Wish it would have had more tension between the hero and heroine.
Fiona Andrew
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous tale full of Adventure, Daring Do, Pirates and Punch Ups. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without a lovely romance to spice up things. Highly recommended
Brandi Schnepf
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Live

Once you get immersed in the story line there is no going back, and back again, they never get old
Marlene
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I’ve enjoyed the entire Gaslight Chronicles series, but it feels like the pinnacle of the series was Moonlight & Mechanicals. The plot was dastardly and far-reaching, and the hero and heroine were both up to the challenge. And the love story really sang.

Dragons & Dirigibles is fun, but doesn’t work quite as well, and I’m still trying to figure out why.

The plot definitely puts it into the middle of the long-running story of how the Knights of the Round Table
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Jaclyn
Dragons & Dirigibles is the seventh in Cindy Spencer Pape’s Gaslight Chronicles , a series that has hooked me from book one. I was hoping the book seven would return to the family that started it all; however, this one focused on Melody McKay, sister to Connor of book five, Cards & Caravans .

Melody McKay crash-lands her airship on the Earl of Blackwell’s estate. A gothic and desolate place plagued by smugglers. Even more disturbing to Melody is the Earl himself, ex-Royal Navy Captain Victo
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Gaslight Chronicles continues to thrill.

The stories surrounding the marvellously rich group of people we know from the Gaslight Chronicles continue to be mined.
Melody McKay an airship engineer, pilot and member of the Order of the Round Table, is testing her dirigible's new engine design over the Devonshire coast when either the boiler or generator inexplicably explodes. She crashes into the parklands in front of Black Heath Manor. Fortunately the damage to her is minor, bruises and a sprained a
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Melissa
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
To start off, I want to say that I really love this series. Cindy Spencer Pape has created a great steam punk world, crazy machines, supernatural elements and romance! If you have not tried this series, I would.
That said, I would not start with this one. The heroine was great as most of her female characters are. Pape’s females are strong and opinionated and extremely capable. Melody is a dirigible captain and knows who she is and is proud of it. However, I was truly annoyed at the hero. He sp
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Dharia Scarab
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I enjoy this series and love how the author brings in characters from the other books so too get updates on how they are doing.

My only criticism is after the angst between Nell and Tom, I didn't like the bombshell about what was really keeping them apart, especially since this book wasn't about them and now we have to wait months to see if their plot line will be resolved in the next book



Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Like the previous book in the Gaslight Chronicles, Dragon’s & Dirigibles is novella length. Also like the previous books it packs a lot in it’s 48,000 words and is a great addition to the series.

This time it is Melody McKay’s story. Melody is an engineer and a very modern woman. When her airship explodes she meet Victor Arrington, the Earl of Blackwell. From the beginning Victor’s old-fashion ideas and Melody’s modern way of life cause a clash. There is a problem at Victor’s estate. Smugglers ar
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Melindeeloo
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 star = I liked it. I really enjoy Pape's Gaslight Chronicles, Dragons & Dirigibles had another great set up: Airship pilot and inventor Melody McKay crash lands her airship on the lawn of former Naval Captain (now Earl) Victor's front lawn and into the troubles his town is facing with smugglers. The potential roadblock to their HEA is a good one too, he's trying to raise his orphaned niece to be a proper lady and Melody is a lady but an unconventional one.

Pape always has enough going on tha
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SoBeA
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun read all around, though I have to admit to being excited for the next book, especially if the next book's Tom's and/or Nell's :)

Having said that, this IMO lacked a bit of depth, as the H and h, Victor and Melody's transitions from being' you're all wrong for me' to 'your the only one for me', a a bit too sudden for me....one sec they're opposed to each other as a mate, the next their perfect for each other?! I think a more gradual getting together would have been more believable.

Also on a
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Heather McCorkle
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This book started out strong and very interesting. It's an interesting alternate Europe that mixes supernatural and steampunk. I found myself cheering for Melody and warming up to Victor despite some of his old-fashioned (then in fashion) ways and beliefs. I knew this was a novella getting into it and that didn't bother me. But, I found that I liked the characters and the story so much so that I wanted more of it, and not just more of the series, but more of this novel. With a few thi
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PointyEars42
A fun read, as are all the books in the series. This one is, however, too short and too fast paced resulting in the characters and plot feel very underdeveloped - something that I didn't feel when reading the little novellas in the series. The focus on tech and the near total absence of magic/the paranormal makes this feel like a clone of a Meljean Brooks "Iron Seas" novel rather than the mix I've come to expect from this series. Still fun though, but not as good as the rest of the Gaslight Chro ...more
Voirrey
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think perhaps the writer read some of the comments of those who had read her earlier books, for this one had a more fully developed plot - hurrah!

And, of course, after that announcement by Tom in the last couple of pages I am agog waiting for the next one which, hopefully, comes out this year.

A small comment on the cover art - which I know the author is in no way responsible for - but I'm pretty sure the dragon ship and the airship were not the same thing :)
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⚜️Trea
I wasn't that impressed with this installment. It felt rushed, disjointed, and there was hardly any actual romance between Victor and Melody. It seemed like it was a set up for Tom and Nell's book, but the interaction between Tom and Nell was minimal at best. All in all, I didn't enjoy it overmuch. ...more
Anton
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, yes, it was a fun read, that is if you want your steampunk mixed with romance. I enjoyed the plot and managed to not skip the romance parts :-) Overall, the book is setup in a well-thought through steampunk world; this is the 3rd book I am reading in the series and I will want more, likely.
Deena
Good, but not great. Rather predictable, which I didn't necessarily find to be the case with the other titles. Victor was a toad - rather a change from the heroes in the other titles. I'm still glad I read it, but I think I was hoping for a bit more. ...more
Tina
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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Karen Gatenby
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
Excellent series. Just bought yesterday and had to sit down and read it today. Not a wet that you can put down once you start reading. Can't wait for Elephants and Ethers to come out next. ...more
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Cindy Spencer Pape has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, though she swears she got better. She volunteers in environmental education, when she can fit it in around writing. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two teenage sons, a dog, a lizard, and various other small creatures, all of which are easier to clean up after than the three male humans.

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Gaslight Chronicles (8 books)
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  • Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles, #2)
  • Kilts & Kraken (Gaslight Chronicles, #3)
  • Moonlight & Mechanicals (Gaslight Chronicles, #4)
  • Cards & Caravans (Gaslight Chronicles, #5)
  • Ashes & Alchemy (Gaslight Chronicles, #6)
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