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The Kingdom of Kratzenfels has fallen. King Sigmund is dead, and the Order of the Iron Knights has won the war of machines against magic. The Count von Falkenhorst, the leader of the Iron Knights, needs one thing to make his victory complete: the hand of the Princess Helda in marriage. But Helda, daughter of King Sigmund and the witch-queen Raggana, has other ideas…
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published May 15th 2017 by Brandyke Books
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May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun and quick read. Really enjoyed the characters and I'd love to learn more of them, especially the outlaws. The to-the-point writing style of the author appeals to me, for I am not one who enjoys long descriptions of things. And I always love a good heroine!
C.E. Clayton
“The Outlaws of Kratzenfels” is a fun, fast paced action-adventure young-adult novel where fantasy meets science in a delightful steampunk manner. We watch as Princess Helda has her kingdom stolen from her, and witness the lengths she goes to get it back, the dark secrets of her parent’s death, the creation of the new Iron Knights, and we meet the raggedy crew she finds along the way. There are so many fun little tidbits going on in Jones’s book—and he writes wonderfully, with fun dialogue and ...more
Regina Cattus
I received this in a Goodreads giveaway. I haven't read much steampunk, but this short book makes for a reasonable introduction. It details the adventures of Helda, heir to a kingdom's throne, as she tries to win it back from a devious villain against unlikely odds. Helda makes for a feisty, intelligent and resourceful heroine. Sadly, she is the only character who is developed, really. The steampunk elements consist of quirkily named objects (e.g. rail-runners), dead animals/humans being ...more
Faith Jones
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I should have reviewed this when it was fresh in my mind but things got in the way and, trying to spin that into a good thing, at least discussing it a while later mires my opinion in the respectability of perspective. What’s impossible to forget about this book is the heavy Austrian Empire style and the creative diet of credibly adapted loan words, each with a vivid mental picture attached to it. I can imagine those words as early foreign stamps, crenelated with the suggestion of lavish ...more
Jason Pym
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Outlaws of Kratzenfels is a fast-paced YA fantasy-steampunk story that manages to combine humour, horror, fairy-tale wonder and a cracking plot.

Our heroine is Princess Helda, a woman more at home with her Fischler long-barrel rifle and an engineering conundrum than ball gowns. We join her in the middle of an invasion, her home is being destroyed by war walkers (human-piloted giant steam-powered robots) and spider-wights (horrific cyborg automata), all at the command of Gustav von
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Diane Fogel
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-a-ways-read
Interesting story. I love the steam punk twist to it. The story seemed a bit short and rushed. I would have loved to know more about the other characters in the story. Some get mentioned at the beginning and we don't hear from them again until the end of the story. Overall its a cute story with a happy ending.
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