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Treasure, Darkly

(Treasure Chronicles #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  246 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures w ...more
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Published February 16th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published February 15th 2015)
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Emma Adams
A fun steampunk fantasy with romance and even a dash of the supernatural. An original and fun read!
Cee (The Mistress Case)
It appears I'm the black sheep here . . .

Alright, let's start!

Treasure Darkly is my first western steampunk novel. It’s an original read, though the obvious plot twists are rather too obvious and unexciting. Therefore, I might as well spoil the story in ways that can’t be considered “spoiling” when it won’t even ruin the book for you. Read at your own expense.



The story opens with the 15-year-old protagonist stealing a vial of some sort from one of his mother’s clients. His mother is a prostitute
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Brenda
While his mother’s client was asleep, Clark Treasure riffled through his coat pockets – the vial with a green liquid inside he assumed was absinthe – but the taste was dreadful. But it was what happened afterwards which made Clark realized it wasn’t absinthe that he drank; the strange ability he attained meant the army was after him and wouldn’t give up until they captured Clark…

Garth Treasure was a wealthy ranch owner and when Clark, a young man Garth had no previous knowledge of, arrived on th
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Leigh
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am relatively new to the Steampunk genre. It combines an old world feel with gadgets and technology beyond its years. I find the contrast fascinating. Treasure, Darkly is a perfect example of a well written Steampunk novel. Despite its YA listing, I would recommend it to older teens and adults.

There should have been a warning label on that drink Clark stole from the captain of the army...serves him right for stealing! Little did
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Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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Let me just start this review by saying that the cover of this novel is one of the most beautiful, amazing, fantastic, awesome, brilliant covers I have ever seen in my life. The second I saw the cover of this novel I knew I wanted to read it and I just have to give the biggest shout out in the world to the person who designed it, because honestly it's just gorgeous. Okay, now that I've got that out of my system, on to the actual
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Taylor Knight
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can we just talk about this cover for a second? Because I love it so much. I love how the cover reveals that this book is clearly a steampunk novel. I love the girl on the cover and the colors. It’s just an awesome cover. I’m a little sad that I had this an ebook format because I would love to have on my shelf. Okay, now that that’s out of my system.

The prologue starts with Clark stealing and drinking a vial of some sort from a strange man’s coat. I had a lot of inner dialogue while reading this
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Jeremy Mortis
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has a little bit of everything in. It takes place in a world similar to our own but very different. The location is the wild west and the tech is steam power. The hero, Clark is looking for his father and ends up caught up in an adventure that has the potential to change the world he lives in as he knows it. So if you like steampunk, romance and westerns this is the book for you.
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I was given a copy by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.)

I had read a couple of short stories by this author, and thought the world she developed would be worth the read. I'm sorry to say I couldn't push myself to enjoy Treasure, Darkly, in spite of a good beginning. Or perhaps because the beginning led me to hope for something quite different, something I'd have liked instead.

Adventure in a steampunk, western-like world, along with a mysterious power allowing the male protagonist
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Laura
Thank you to the author, Jordan Mierek, for providing me with a review copy.  All expressed opinions are my own.

This is another book I feel conflicted about.  Just like Such A Good Girl, I couldn't decide on the first read through how I felt about it.  On one hand, it has such a dangerous feeling and I've never read anything like it, and on the other hand, some passages felt irksome to me and I couldn't get over how the world is glossed over.  I finally decided that in spite of that, I did like
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Cassie C
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing
I need to collect my thoughts on this...review to come!

Update 11/21/15:

See more reviews on my blog Novels and Necklaces

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don't really know where to begin with this review because I really wanted to like this book. The cover is gorgeous, and obviously shows this book is steampunk. Right away, that got me excited because I love me some steampunk. While I've never read a western in my life, I thought it was an intriguin
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Karissa
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I got a copy of this book from the publisher to review (thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for forwarding a copy on when I kind of didn’t download it from NetGalley before it was archived). I really enjoyed this book a lot. There is a lot of action and adventure, some magic, and tons of wonderfully western steampunk goodness.

Clark Treasure stole a bottle of what he thought was absinthe off of one of his mother’s customers. Well, it ended up being something else...something that made Clark very
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Amberle Husbands
I was offered a free copy of Treasure, Darkly in exchange for my honest review. I was immediately excited upon reading the novel's synopsis, as I love a good western and especially love one with a genre-bending twist such as this. I was just the tiniest bit hesitant, though, because the steampunk writings that I've enjoyed in the past were few and far between; I don't seem to have very good luck within the genre.

Jordan Mierek completely took my breath away, though. To begin with, the cover is ab
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~JustMel~
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, r2r
Oh man... This was some read! It's shock full of steam-punky goodness, action and romance.
The story opens with an intro into how it all began with Clark Treasure. It gives a beginning to how things play out throughout the book. It makes the reader feel for Clark and want for everything to go in his favor. Clark's character was very well written and his goals weren't far fetched at all. I was very happy to see him gain so much when all he was looking for was protection. He never imagined that he
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Ashley Tomlinson
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first full fledge novel I've read by Jordan Elizabeth and I wasn't at all disappointed. I read her short stories in Gears of Brass which was the first time I tried out steampunk. I have to say I am really loving the steampunk world! If I could pull off wearing gears and such I would start wearing them right now.

The cover is awesome! It really shows that iconic steampunk style that so many people love. I think it would be appealing enough to draw peoples eyes to it and that's always
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, steampunk

What I Thought:



I am a true lover of all things steampunk. I can't get enough of it, and absolutely LOVE reading steampunk!

This book is a steampunk story, which has a Wild West sort of theme to is, with gunfights and horseback, all mixed in with a man who has gained some unusual powers and, of course, a load of steampunk action.

I found that the author through us into the mix straightaway. We met our main character, Clark, who is trouble himself, even though he doesn't always mean to be. He is a
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Maria Carragher
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew. There was never a dull moment in this book. I believe that it may have been my first steampunk read, so I was a bit hesitant going into it. I worried that I would not understand everything, but after a few chapters I was more than okay.

First of all, the cover is stunning and the characters are awesome. Clark was an interesting main character that I highly enjoyed reading about. I liked that he was different from the Treasure family. He was always protecting and saving people. Then there’s
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Tamara
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy from the author for an honest review.

Here's the thing with this book, I didn't really get it. There is so much stories withing the one story.

So the mainest of the main characters, Clark, ended up having these special abilities, abilities he got from drinking a potion type thing from a vial. So he's on the run.

I get it, I do, the army killed his mom and he has no one left, but what are these abilities, how does it work? Yeah Clark explains this and we read Clark perform
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Georgia
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Clark Fisher consumes a drink that was given to him from a captain, he doesn't think he would be able to awake the dead after drinking it. Personally, I haven't seen this idea shown in a novel before- it is pretty unique and cool! Clark suddenly finds himself helping the Treasures defeat Senator Horan- meaning he is often on the run. Clark and Amethyst cross each other's paths, ending up being pulled into the action together. Witness Clark and Amethyst's adventure, and watch them try to def
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Tracy Ehlers
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book the steampunk genre is relatively new to me.

A mixture of old west customs and traditions mixed with the gadgets and gizmos of a more modern society, Treasure Darkly an interesting and fascinating read.

I enjoyed the characters and setting everything was detailed beautifully from the style of clothing to the locations.
The storyline flowed really well with surprising twists and turns that were unexpected.

The ending was a killer I want
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J. Kahele
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second by this author

I have to first say that I love this authors writing style she has no qualms about yanking you right into the world she created and keeping you till the end. This was a fantastic story and will be reading more from this author.
Tyrolin
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come!
Lori Hammons
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving steampunk! This is my first book of this genre and I love the mix of modern conveniences and Old West style living/mannerisms come together. Amethyst and Clark are having some incredible adventures while truths are revealed. I love the touch of paranormal integrated into the story as well. Will be reading more of this author.
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The first part of Treasure Darkly was an intriguing dark steampunk Western that had me riveted until the half way mark. Then, inexplicably, the story changed into a bodice ripper Western historical with fantastical elements. I think where the book lost me was with the characters - I found that the more I read, the less I liked them. By the end I didn't believe in them or really care what happened to them.

Story: The Treas
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Samantha

It started out so promising. The author seemed to be on to something, writing a book that crosses Western with Steampunk some Paranomal, Action and some potential Romance. Made even more interesting by the fact that she has chosen a male lead (unusual for a female author). Or so I gathered from the intriguing short that accompanies this book. Unfortunately it fell flat and sunk like a river stone. The best thing about Treasure Darkly is most likely it's cover. Let's be honest, that cover is a go
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Roberta
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ARC given to me through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Originally posted on Roberta's Literary Ramblings

Overall Impression: This is more of a lusty teenage romance novel than an action packed steampunk western.

Recommended for: Fans of teenage romance.

This book started off all right, but then gradually went downhill. I found the idea behind the book interesting and thought that this new power that Clark discovers he gets after he drinks this potion would create a great way to examine
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Janelle
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

3 stars!

Growing up with no father around and with a mother that is a Tarnished Silver, a prostitute in a small mining town called Tangled Wire, Clark Treasure does what he needs to get by – even if that means stealing from his mom’s clients now and then. But when he comes across a vial of what he believes to be Absinthe and he drinks it – he changes his future forever. Next thing he knows, his mom is killed,
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Sherri Dub
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe that Jordan Elizabeth is quite an entertaining storyteller. Her characters are believable, true to their natures and interesting. Her sentence structures, chapters and ideas are right on for an up and coming YA/Steampunk novel.
I don't like to include spoilers, but I will take the time to address the story's plot and the few (lower starred reviews) of this book. Just suffice it to say, I think they were incredibly unjust.
I was sent this book in PFD format, and asked to give it a fair &a
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Samantha
Verdict: A western romance. Doesn't look like it, does it?

To all potential readers: The cover might be beautiful, but that mysterious girl doesn’t capture the likeness of anyone I’ve read about. This is also primarily a western romance, not steampunk, action, mystery, or anything else you might be hoping for.

It started strong with intriguing concepts, relatable characters, and a prose that pulled me in. There’s a lot to enjoy in this story, especially towards the start, but the longer it went on
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Kim Waters
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review also at Pinker Than Fiction Reviews.

Treasure, Darkly has an interesting premise with potential to be a good read, but unlikable characters and poor story continuity make this book one to miss.

Treasure, Darkly has a pretty strong start. We're thrown right into an intriguing world, a sort of alternate wild west with touches of steampunk. Immediately Treasure, Darkly's supernatural elements are introduced with Clark's transformation and ability to bring back the dead. And what a power - anot
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Imy Santiago
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a peer review.

Treasure Darkly is the first Steampunk Romance novel I have ever read, and my first literary experience with the author Jordan Elizabeth. My reads are, for the most part, strictly contemporary. The stories I typically aim for have a realistic feel to them, and the more the characters endure all the more I enjoy them. That's just my personal taste.

Treasure Darkly is nothing remotely similar to what I've read before which is why I loved it so much! It was fresh and innovati
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