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Chronicles of Steele: Raven

(Chronicles of Steele: Raven #1-4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  157 reviews
This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 2014 by AltWit Press
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Raven has been trained from that she was young to be a reaper, a trained assassin, by her father. But she has spent the last years trying to make amends for all the lives she has taken as a reaper by saving lives. She has not many lives left to save until she can settle down and be a wife to Gregory, the boy she loves and who promised to wait for her. But then she saves a young boy from drowning and suddenly she must do everything in her power to save him from his father who wants him dead.

I was
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and AltWit Press for giving me this book to review.

Raven was trained by her father to be a Reaper; a bodyguard/assassin, who believe that for every life they take, they have to save another. Since her father died, she has spent years redeeming lives so that she can settle down and marry the man she loves. But when she saves Darius, the young Baron of New Hope, from drowning she is drawn into a mission she cannot refuse. She must find the Wood Witch to stop the fits Darius has
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
“RAVEN STEELE COUNTED every footstep she chanced through New Haven with the knowledge that any could be her last. But the gamble wouldn’t last long. She quickened her pace. Only two kilometers of brownstone street stood between her and the safety of the forest.”
I always try to be 100% fair when it comes to genres, but I will be completely honest and say that I used to (okay, I kind of still do) avoid the Steampunk genre. Why? Because to be honest I don't always fully understand it.
Katie Grace
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
I just... couldn't get into this book. I mean, I SHOULD'VE like it with steampunk and assassins, but... eh. I don't know, everything felt kind of bland. Other people might like it, but it unfortunately fell flat to me. ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book, so glad that I could read the whole thing at once, instead of the episodes, and yeah, just such an entertaining book!
So, I Read This Book Today
Charming Intro To Steampunk! Be as gentle as a dove but as cunning as a viper. Preserve one’s self with intellect, and know when it is time to be either the dove or the viper.
Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person. - Tennessee Williams
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that ena
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Warning: There are some spoilers in this review.

This was one of those books that started out perfectly and got a little sloppy as the story went on. When I first picked up Raven, I was sure I was going to adore it; I immediately fell in love with the protagonist. But things got iffy plotwise later on.

Raven is an amazing main character. She's a steampunk ninja--well, technically, she's a reaper, but steampunk ninja is basically the same thing. She's nob
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review can originally be found on Olivia's Catastrophe:

*Thank you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

This was my first steampunk novel. Ever since hearing about the genre I knew it was going to be one I liked. And of course, in this novel I did as well!

This book was about reapers. People who kill others as part of their job. But for every life they take, they need to save another to stay in balance with themselves and not lose who they are. I haven
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Raven is a reaper, not the dead kind but one who assassinates people, and lives by the reaper code. If you take a life you have to save a life. Raven is trying to redeem herself and is very close to giving up her life as a Reaper. She is on her way to ask the man she loves to marry her when she is nearly knocked down by a steam powered horse. She jumps out of the way but she can see that theyoung boy in the carriage will not survive if she doesn't help him. She leaps to action and manages to sav ...more
Kirsty Bicknell
Raven Steele is a Reaper; an assassin who has to redeem herself by saving a life when one is taken. As possibly the only female reaper, Raven is totally bad-ass! She is smart, stubborn, knows how to rock a corset and uses her weapons (or even someone else’s!) skilfully. Raven does not take her profession lightly but when we meet her she is considering giving it all up to settle down and become a wife. This is until she saves Baron Darius and begins perhaps the most dangerous assignment of her li ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Raven as a serial, which did two things for me.

1) Kept me wanting more.

2) Kept me from devouring it all in one sitting, so I was able to agonize linger over the characters and story for a longer period of time.

This is, by far, my favorite book of Pauline’s so far. I’ve said it time and again, that Steampunk is not a genre that every author can pull off. It’s not just a matter of creating believable characters (which is a hard enough task on its own!) but it’s also building a whole new wor
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Raven is the second book to hit my Favorite Reads of 2015 list!

As with every book I’ve read by Pauline Creeden so far, it only took a matter of moments for me to fall in deep. I have to say that Raven is my favorite work by Pauline to date. Steampunk rocks my socks off, and I have a major soft spot for reapers, but this story completely blew me away. I’m so glad I was able to read this in one setting instead of having to wait for each episode — although that can be fun, too.

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Trained by her father to become some kind of assassin, a Reaper, hunted down by the other Reapers, Raven has learned to fend for herself at a young age. But taking lives comes at a price. For every life that's taken she has to redeem and save another life. So, when she's asked to take the baron's younger brother, Darius, to the wood witch as a last means of saving him, it seems like a good way to redeem herself for Raven.

This was an int
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Received a copy for a book tour)

Raven is a reaper. Her dad was a reaper too and she’s continuing in her footsteps. The province where she lives is controlled by a duke who was declared a price on the heads of all reapers. After being a reaper for so many years and atoning for her actions, she is finally ready to settle down with her beloved in a small cottage in the woods. Then she happens to be at a bridge when a mechanical horse goes mad and the duke’s son falls into the water. She does the r
This is a young adult steampunk fantasy about a girl named Raven. She was trained by her father to be a reaper. I don't remember the book actually giving a definition of what a reaper is, but from the information given, I understood it to be a type of guardian. The reapers have fighting and survival skills way beyond that of the average person. I believe traditionally they were suppose to be protectors to the people. Also reapers are suppose to follow a code in order to try to maintain a balance ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Received a copy via netgalley for an honest review.*

When I first saw Chronicles of Steele: Raven available for request on Netgalley I don't think I made it past the word 'steampunk' before I started bouncing like a little girl on Christmas morning. I love the steampunk genre, if its done well that is and so often it is poorly handled.

Enter Raven, a Reaper who simply wants the find balance between her killings and those she needed to save so she could quit and marry the love of her life. But wh
Becky Stephens
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
I originally read Raven as a serial, and each time I got to the end, I couldn't wait to read the next one!

First, let me mention the cover art. It's gorgeous, and perfectly complements this well written steampunk fantasy. Plus, the interior formatting is as much a work of art as the cover is.

Raven Steele, trained as a reaper, resides in a fantastic world of steam-powered horses and other gadgets. Reapers were part of the duke's elite guard, working in the capacity of bodyguards and assassins. But
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a review copy for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

I'm a fan of serial storytelling where parts of the story come in episodes spread out over time. The Chronicles of Steele #1 contains four episodes, and I'll be reviewing all of them here.

I really enjoyed reading the episodes and even better, I read them back-to-back. It would have been difficult to wait for each one, but I wouldn't have minded. My anticipation would have just built up, and all of this together means th
Grace Fonseca
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly very good novel that is told in four parts. I really liked the idea of a young woman being a reaper, someone who takes lives, but has to redeem those lives she has taken by saving lives. Plus there were a lot of interesting things that happen in the book.

One of the most interesting things that happens for me personally is how she tries to save a young boy, and all of a sudden there becomes a sense of urgency to help this boy. He is very important because he is royalty, sort of bei
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll let you all in on a secret: I love steampunk novels. But, because I love them so much, I tend to be a little bit more picky with this genre than other ones that I read, so I rarely get a steampunk book that I truly enjoy. I'm happy to say that Raven, while not a perfect score for me, was definitely an enjoyable read overall.

I really enjoyed the writing detail of all of the characters involved. Characters make or break a book for me, and in this book, even the characters that you are going t
Ginny  Gallagher
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
 My Review
4.5 stars

Raven is the fourth book written by Pauline Creeden that I've read and enjoyed.

The things I like about Pauline's writing:

It's imaginative.
Well edited.
Descriptive and emotional.
She makes you care about her characters.

What I liked about Chronicles of Steele: Raven…

Chronicles of Steele: Raven is another excellent example of Pauline Creeden’s storytelling abilities.

The steampunk aspects of the story aren't over done. The author’s descriptions make it easy to imagin
Eric Buffington
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a wonderful standalone novel about Raven. Raven is a reaper: a specialized warrior with a code of ethics that she needs to save a life for every life she takes. In this novel she is protecting the life of the future Duke, and thus redeeming herself for the final time, before she starts a new, quieter life. This is a great action adventure with a pinch of romance.

I really do love getting a novel that is standalone, or in a series, at least has a good solid endin
Cas ❦
~Thanks to the author for providing the copy in exchange for an honest review~

Stunning. And I don't mean stunning more than I mean it now. Raven is... absolutely brilliant. No, wait that's an understatement. Raven is right up there. Wow. I just loved Raven. Raven herself was an amazing main character and heroine. But she's a wounded one.Raven pulls through though, with the help of her father's friend Monroe. Captain Jack Grant. A brilliant supporting character. Darius is completely innocent, and
Candy Cassin
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading steampunk and let me say I am thoroughly impressed. As always Pauline Creeden has done an outstanding job. I was swept right in and wanted to stay awhile. Pauline writes with such emotion that it jumps right into my soul. It is like I could feel everything right along with her characters. I love how the characters are challenged to reassess their views. Not all things are as simple as black and white.

Chronicles of Steele: Raven was initially written in 4 episodes a
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pauline Creeden created a world that threw me for loops several times. But from what I gathered it was par for the course in steampunk. The world is built well, the characters are well developed. As a matter of fact she’s talking of making a Chronicles of Steele:Darius as well. I can’t wait to read it when it comes out. :) She created a character who’s voice was so clear to me that I could hear it in my head as I was reading it. I positively love when that happens. It means that the characters a ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raven Steele is a reaper - an assassin. She was trained that she must redeem a life for each one she takes. Now that her score is even, she is ready to settle down, but that is not what fate has in mind for her. Instead, she is hired to protect Darius, the 10 year old son of a baron - from his own father, who wants him murdered because Darius has epileptic fits that short out any mechanical parts nearby and the baron is, himself, partly mechanical. This is a short, quick steampunk romance with s ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

Raven has decided to give up her life as an assassin and then she is roped into protecting a young boy from his father. As a reaper, Raven has to save a life for every life that she has taken. I thought this was a really good steampunk/fantasy book. I like steampunk a lot and I liked this one. This book had a lot of excitement, adventure and action. The characters were interesting and sympathetic and the writing and pacing was good. I also liked the bonus features at the end. 4 stars.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5-5

A full review is posted on my blog.

So, so good! Not an immediate 5 though because I want more! And I discovered that this is a stand-alone. :'( Although I do understand that with a book like this and a heroine like Raven, that ending would suffice. I love this book. I'm excited for Darius!
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
What I enjoyed most about this story was the world building. The steampunk aspects were well done and I enjoyed the main character in her own plight to save others. At times the story was a bit relaxed, something I refer to as "downtime" in which I could have used a bit more excitement or at least entertaining dialogue.
It is something I would recommend it was a fascinating read and great for somebody who is interested in the Steampunk genre
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Read full review in the 2015 March issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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