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Cold Stone & Ivy

(The Empire of Steam #1)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Jack the Ripper gave her his heart. Now he wants it back.

The year is 1888, the clockwork British Empire is crumbling and young writer Ivy Savage has literally received a heart in the post. Terrified, her father sends her north to a strange sanitarium in Lancashire where the brilliant but unpredictable “Mad Lord of Lasingstoke” makes his home.

Here, Ivy finds the dead are
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Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Working Tiger (first published March 15th 2016)
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Mei
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, netgalley
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

The old silent movie Metropolis’ pictures are just perfect to convey the feeling of this book! :)

The story is very confusing at the beginning and all the while I read it I was imagining the piano music that accompany the silent movies! I was expecting the old caption to appear too at the beginning of each chapter too! LOL



The whole story is like a mystery book from the twenties: the tone of voice of each character, the steampunk elements,
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Megalion
I read this because a fellow ARC reader read and loved it. Our tastes are very similiar. And this book proves it yet again.

It's an interesting combination of genres. You have a murder mystery... two in fact. A bit of steampunk, there are airships. Qualifies as period fiction as it's set in Victorian England times complete with lords.

Add one feisty woman who refuses to be constrained by society's rules for women. You've got a rollicking adventure of a book.

The sanitarium bit was a bonus for me.
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Zippergirl
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Heather Dickson puts the steam in steampunk and the super in supernatural.

Okay, I admit it, sometimes my first impressions are wrong. I was a few chapters into Cold Stone and Ivy and thought I had stumbled onto a young adult steampunk Nancy Drew story. (There _is_ a character with the corny name of Penny Dreadful, and a girl detective wanna-be.)

WRONG! I was wrong. Wrong. I deserve to be pilloried. In the end I was grateful that there were four hundred and fifty pages so I could hang onto this a
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Jacqie
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was fun! That's the short version.

Here's more detail: the book is about a smart, plucky young woman who's trying to figure out what would make her happy. We can all relate to that, can't we? Ivy Savage is a policeman's daughter who writes pulp fiction about a girl detective named Penny Dreadful (also the daughter of a policeman) when she can. So, fun, right? The setting: steampunk London. Maybe it's just me,
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Susan Rogers
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much to my surprise I was totally enthralled by this novel, a fascinating hybrid of historical fiction and fantasy with the new-to-me label of Steampunk. Neither fantasy nor sci-fi are my favourite genres, so I started reading with trepidation. But Dickson's world where Victorian life and characters mix with steamships and automatons drew me in immediately. It is a vivid, fast-paced read with lots of winks and nudges to well known personalities, both real and fictional, that add yet another stra ...more
Bard Constantine
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack the Ripper gave her his heart. Now he wants it back.

So goes the tagline for Ms. Dickson’s Gothic steampunk novel, featuring plucky heroine Ivy Savage and many historical figures of 1880s London, remade in Dickson’s singular vision. Cold Stone & Ivy is less Penny Dreadful than it is a paranormal thriller/mystery with Gothic touches.

The story follows the misadventures of Ms. Ivy Savage: daughter of a detective and a writer of mystery thrillers, who is at a crossroads of sorts. Her engagem
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Elizabeth
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Originally reviewed at West Coast Book Reviews.

So humour
Such chills
Very mystery


I finished reading Cold Stone and Ivy a few days ago and still have a big stress relieving sigh when I think about it. H. Leighton Dickson has brought together a clever combination of 1888 Jack the Ripper history, steampunk Victorian England, a daring heroine and four (and six) wheeled steamcars and airships and ghosts and dogs and murder and severed arms...

As with her fantastic Tales from the Upper Kingdom series,
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Vanessah
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a fantastic time reading this book. The synopsis really doesn't do it justice.
If a sequel is ever written, count me in!
Susan Angela Wallace
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cold stone and ivy by H Leighton Dickson.
 Jack the Ripper gave her his heart. Now he wants it back.
The year is 1888, the clockwork British Empire is crumbling and young writer Ivy Savage has literally received a heart in the post. Terrified, her father sends her north to a strange sanitarium in Lancashire where the brilliant but unpredictable “Mad Lord of Lasingstoke” makes his home.
Here, Ivy finds the dead are as dangerous as the living and she is immediately swept into a world of manners, my
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Susan Angela Wallace
Cold stone and ivy by H Leighton Dickson.
 Jack the Ripper gave her his heart. Now he wants it back.
The year is 1888, the clockwork British Empire is crumbling and young writer Ivy Savage has literally received a heart in the post. Terrified, her father sends her north to a strange sanitarium in Lancashire where the brilliant but unpredictable “Mad Lord of Lasingstoke” makes his home.
Here, Ivy finds the dead are as dangerous as the living and she is immediately swept into a world of manners, my
...more
Liesl Ross
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eeekkk!! I loved this book SO MUCH I've been singing its praises to anyone and everyone. A fantastic steam punk jaunt into Victorian England, with spectacular imagined characters and a crackers story. It's so different from anything else I've read and I'm dying (pun intended) to read the next 2 books in the series. Please hurry with the next installments, H. Leighton Dickson!! If you're into steam punk, read this. Even if you don't think this I'd your kind of book, read it. You can thank me late ...more
Alexander Kosoris
It’s rare for a story to really stop me in my tracks early on but, with Cold Stone and Ivy, Dickson did something that I was beginning to think I’d never see outside a Kurt Vonnegut story, and she did it in a way that was utterly foreign to me. You see, when combined with the blurb on the front of the book and the synopsis on the back, the first chapter has an added layer of suspense and excitement that authors rarely achieve in their work by providing the reader with more information than her c ...more
Brianne C.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a delightful hodgepodge of different genres that even includes characters from other Victorian-era stories! It blends steampunk, paranormal, murder mystery, and thriller, with a dash of romance to boot! I was initially worried because I have read many books and seen many movies and tv shows that have involved Jack the Ripper and I didn't think there could be any new ideas on who he was. This book surprised me, even at the very end! About halfway through I thought I had it figured o ...more
Ronda
Holy crap! Just finished this roller coaster ride of a story that kept me up till 3 a.m. two nights-well, mornings, in a row. I am thankful it's summer break! At first, I was thoroughly confused, because, much as I wanted to like the characters (and that's pretty amazing so early in a book) I thought I was losing my mind. Who the hell was this Tad fellow and how did I miss him being introduced? Later, I thought, "ohhhhh, it's a typo--should be 'dad'". Turns out I was close, but no cigar--"tad" w ...more
Elise Edmonds
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a gripping read. I loved the paranormal Victorian style atmosphere and the steampunk setting. The world was very immersive.

Great plot, which escalated towards the end and kept me turning the page. And all the ends were neatly tied together. Very satisfactory.

Ivy was a good female lead, a strong woman in a frustratingly male environment. A writer looking for freedom, she came over well. The de Lacey gentlemen were interesting characters with foibles and backstory that ke
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Jean Pendziwol
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk Gothic Thriller - Dickson's ability to combine historical fact, science, and fiction has created a unique thriller with a spunky lead character and numerous twists and turns. Ivy Savage has received a heart in the mail, and her detective father and medical student fiancé think it best that she leave London until the mysteries of the Whitechapel murders are solved. All good, in theory, but mystery and intrigue follows, and Ivy isn't really one to hide. Memorable characters, automatons, ...more
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
NetGalley Review

Victorian London. Automatons. Mysterious murders. What more could you possibly ask for? This steampunk and the supernatural story will surely leave you on the edge of your seat. Immediately, you are transported back in time. Dickson’s diction creates vivid imagery and curious characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets from Ivy’s story and newspaper articles woven in throughout the book. Very rarely do the readers actually get to see a fictional character’s work, especially if
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Nicki K.
This book was awesome. It pretty much had everything: mystery, steampunk, romance, humor. It was killer. The characters, especially Sebastien, we're really unique and loveable. The plot kept me guessing. The ending was amazing.

I will admit it took me a while to get into the book, due to it changing POV's and then going to newspaper clippings and Ivy's books. But once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Which is saying something because this book is long.

I'm really pumped that the author is r
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christel l. doucette
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Hoping for a a sequel!

So many reasons make this a great book. One: I fell in love with the characters. So many characters! of them! Complex and unique and fallible. Two: The twisty storyline. Impossible to predict. Three: Names you already know... Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden... Four: The settings, from a creepy sanitarium to the dirty streets of London after dark. And Five: superb writing. Be prepared to turn off your phone and do nothing but read for hours, because you won't
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Alejandra
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful supernatural thriller, with an interesting twist on Jack the Ripper. I loved the historical setting and the cast of characters, specially, Ivy and Rupert. The book is quite fast paced, but takes it time to build up the characters and the setting. I liked all the different cameos from historical figures; I couldn't help but smile when hearing the name of Remy's neighbor, and a certain patient in the sanitarium.
Sherry Ramsey
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-2016
This imaginative book takes us to a Steampunk London where Jack the Ripper stalks the streets, ghosts demand justice, and our brave heroine writes novels to escape into a world she can control. There's a lot going on in this book, both in the characters' personal lives and in the streets of the city, but all is interwoven into a fast-paced story about family, love, murder, and loyalty. I really enjoyed it! Highly recommended.
Robbin
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well done! Enjoyed this book very much.

This is the first book of H. Leighton Dickson that I have read and was pleasantly surprised. The charters are well thought out, fun and lively. The story itself was refreshingly different. It wasn't all about sex and romance, granted there was romance but the mystery and suspense where the main attraction.

I would highly recommend this book to ages 17 and up. It does have some gruesome and graphic disruptions of murdered women.
Louise K.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I usually find it difficult to get into steampunk novels. However, this book held its appeal the entire way through. With a wonderful range of characters and personalities, steampunk technology which doesn't feel forced, and the well-written backdrop of Victorian England, this is definitely a book I'll be recommending.
veronica trammell
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An old tale amazingly told!!

I did not want to stop reading. I loved the charters the base of the story is an old one but the thrilling way it was written by H. Leighton Dickson was wonderful and fantastic :) Loved every page!
This is the first time I have read any of authors books , I am looking forward to read more of her books and hope to read more of Cold Stone & Ivy :)
Diana Reeve
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jack the Ripper

Loved this supernatural, steampunk take on Jack the Ripper. I love Ivy, the female Victorian sleuth, who loves to wear men's breeches and Chase a mystery. There are fun and thrilling moments, as we follow the trail of the killer in the back alleys of London and fly on the airships with the clockwork Royals.
Rachael
An interesting book with a lot of cool steam-punk and Victorian elements throughout. It captured the time quite well with language and tone. The heroine is engaging and the story strong. A little too long for my liking, but that is not to its detriment.
Piper
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steam punk and mystery

This is a unexpected read. It's not straightforward filled with twist and turns. Ivy is smart and feisty ready to stand up for what she believes in. A good read.
Dani
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow!

Let's say this book isn't what I expected. I was interested in it by chance and boredom and wanted something different than what I was use to and I could barely put this book down it hooked me and I'm ready for more!
Claire Herndon
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish this was about 200 pages longer.
Heather
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Good mystery. Good characters. A good combination of mental illness and the supernatural.
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H. Leighton Dickson grew up in the wilds of the Canadian Shield, where her neighbours were wolves, moose, perrenial-eating deer and the occasional lynx. She studied Zoology at the University of Guelph and worked in the Edinburgh Zoological Gardens in Scotland, where she was chased by lions, wrestled deaf tigers and fed antibiotics to Polar Bears by baby bottle! She has been writing since she was t ...more

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