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Arabella The Traitor of Mars

(Adventures of Arabella Ashby #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Taking up almost immediately after the great Battle of Venus, Arabella has finally returned home to Mars to settle in to life with her husband, the mysterious Captain Singh. The Regent of the United Kingdom sets his eyes on solidifying his rule in the colonies and dispatches a fleet to better cement his control over Mars. Now Arabella and Singh must decide where their ulti ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Tor Books
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

David D. Levine’s THE ADVENTURES OF ARABELLA ASHBY Regency fantasy trilogy wraps up in Arabella the Traitor of Mars (2018), which, appropriately, returns us to early 1800’s colonial-era Mars, where all the action began in Arabella of Mars. The series is an engaging melding of Jules Verne-style retro science fiction with Horatio Hornblower-type naval battles in the air above Mars, with an intrepid young woman heroine. *Some spoilers for the fir
I'm bummed this is the last of Arabella's stories. I'd love to hear more.
Bonnie McDaniel
This is the third volume in the Adventures of Arabella Ashby, a steampunk, alternate history, Jules Verne-esque pulp Regency adventure. Following the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in the previous book, Arabella Ashby and her now husband, Captain Pradash Singh of the Honorable Mars Company airship Diana, return to Earth to find that England, as the solar system's only remaining superpower, has set its sights on Mars.

I'll be honest: I didn't like this volume quite as well as the first two. The "sc
Tim Hicks
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think this series has jumped the shark.
I enjoyed #1 and #2, but I don't think this one adds much.
In fact, it reveals that the characters aren't that interesting; indeed, Aadim has as much personality as most of them.

This one plods along for pages with people being stodgy and disapproving, and Arabella being Flavia de Luce ahead of her time. Once the challenge is revealed, the plot becomes predictable. The good guys wil face an impossible challenge. Arabella will motivate them all to go ahea
Tim Martin
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun if at times too, um, fast forwardy ending to an enjoyable, fast reading trilogy. First of all, I still loved the combination of Jules Verne, clockpunk, steampunk, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower, and Regency era romance novels, a delightful combination that worked the first two books and continued to work in the final instalment of the trilogy, the mix a unique blend that I just plain loved. If one is reading the third book I assume one has accepted the fantast ...more
Kris Sellgren
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The adventures of Arabella Ashby are a pleasing mix of swashbuckling thrills, steampunk, and Regency romance. The underlying fantasy in this series is that interplanetary space is filled with breathable air and winds that can be navigated by airships to travel between arid Mars and swampy Venus. The Napoleonic war is raging, trade between Mars and Earth is controlled by Britain’s Mars Company (think East India Company), and European colonialism is oppressing the native Martians and Venusians. Ma ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a great conclusion to the series. Arabella remains one of my favorite heroines.
The story was enjoable, it was action-packed and fast-paced. The world building is fantastic. I loved reading about the ships and the flights even though some things definitley went over my head.
This series as a whole is a gem and I really wish more people would pick it up.
Henry Lazarus
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
David D. Levine concludes his wonderful series about Nineteenth century England in a solar system filled with air in which Englishmen sail the solar currents to both Mars and Venus. Arabella The Traitor of Mars (hard from Tor) starts with Arabella and her husband being feted at the heroes who helped stop Napoleon from conquering the system with iron clad ships built on Venus. Unfortunately the Prince Regent of England along with the Honorable Mars Company have decided that it is England’s best i ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was very capably written, and on paper I should have loved it; determined young female protagonists who are intelligent and competent and independent are a feature I look for in books, and here we have one. Somehow, though, I never connected with Arabella emotionally, and while I didn't dislike the book, I also didn't love it.

There could be several reasons for that. One reason may be the stiff, cool language of the (alternate-universe) Regency setting. I've enjoyed and emotionally connecte
Becky B
As Captain and Mrs Singh are welcomed to England as heroes, the Prince Regent is already plotting another war and he wants Captain Singh as his commander. The Captain is in a tricky spot, he has sworn his allegiance to the Company and the Crown, but the plans are to conquer Mars through military and drug might for the Prince Regents greedy ends. Arabella is appalled that her husband would even consider being part of this heinous plan. She may be a British citizen but her heart belongs to the pla ...more
Shane Jardine
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arabella The Traitor Of Mars by David D. Levine was a fun and fast-paced read full of intense action that I was almost incapable of putting down once I had started reading it. I was honestly a bit hesitant to start this book when I received it in the mail, I liked the first two books in the series and was a bit worried my expectations were too high to meet, but I think I can say that Arabella The Traitor Of Mars surpassed those expectations in just about every way. I honestly found this book to ...more
What a magnificent final book in the Adventures of Arabella Ashby trilogy!

Think Colonial India back in the day when the sun never set on the British Empire during the British Raj period and you have the setting for this series. (Except India, in this case, is Mars and you have these marvelous steampunk airships sailing the interplanetary "seas" between Earth and the rest of the solar system.)

These ships inflate huge balloon(s) with hydrogen, regally rise into the atmosphere until they cross the
John Purvis
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Arabella The Traitor of Mars" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by David D. Levine ( Mr. Levine has published three novels as well as numerous novellas and short stories. This is the third in his 
"The Adventures of Arabella Ashby" series. 

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in an alternate history to
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all, the title: "Arabella, Traitor of Mars. Wife. Hero. Traitor."
Um, yes PLEASE.
And then the delightful fact that she has my maiden name. Every time the Captain would say, "Ashby, man the poop deck" or whatever, I would get a little thrill of excitement.
Finally, this book is basically the opposite of The Martian in its complete disregard for the laws of physics. The real science in the Martian made that book better. In this book they use clockwork golem robots to calculate interplanetar
Nathan Miller
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I continue to love what Levine has done with his vision of what we might have if Jules Verne and Jane Austen were to have collaborated to write Horatio Hornblower. I also continue to have the impression that the pseudo-science is a hybrid between what we know now and what we thought we knew at the beginning of the 19th century.

In this the third, and possibly final, volume, our plucky heroine Arabella is forced to choose sides. As one might expect, her life unravels in the wake of shattered loyal
James Murphy
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
With "Arabella the Traitor of Mars," David D. Levine brings his Arabella Ashby series to a close. And what a close it is! As the book opens, our plucky heroine is now married to her love, the redoubtable Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Company. Arabella and her spouse have journeyed to England to participate in the victory over Napoleon and the defeat of his forces. However, a sinister plot is afoot. The Prince Regent is seeking to conquer Mars and make England the dominant power in the sola ...more
Ronald McCutchan
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to the Arabella trilogy is as action-packed as ever. A few breezy conveniences (solar currents perpendicular to the ecliptic, dramatic reappearances of both Singh and Fox just in the nick of time. Levine still plays coy with Adim (hope I'm spelling his name correctly--book not to hand) and whether he is fully AI or just clockwork. (view spoiler) ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arabella just cannot keep from putting herself in danger. This time to save Mars. It looks like she and her beloved Captain Singh are on opposite sides. But wait! Will they really fight against each other. It is fun to watch real history and the alternate history that Arabella lives in collide. I think this was the best story of Arabella Ashby's adventures. Read book one and two first so you have the entire world building and back story.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, steampunk
Well. The series is over, although I didn't believe Levine was going to be able to get it wrapped up in time. I still enjoyed this, but some of my ambivalence about the series has continued. In this book, Arabella's relationship to her husband just didn't ring true to me. Also I found the final battle to be, well, improbable enough that it almost felt to me like the author had gotten us into this big battle, but suddenly realized his word limit was approaching, just went "Ta-da! They win!" and s ...more
Linda Lassman
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this series. As with the last one, I had to walk away a number of times because I couldn't stand the suspense. There was maybe a little more battle description than I found absolutely necessary, but it was not unexpected and didn't really take away from the book. I liked the characters and was really looking forward to what happened to them next. I'm hoping Levine does some more steampunk for me to enjoy!
William Tracy
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good ending to the Arabella trilogy. I honestly thought Levine was setting up for a fourth book until about 3/4 of the way through, but this one does end the series. There were a couple parts I wasn't fully on-board with, especially concerning the final status of antagonists. I thought the societal changes started especially in the second book could have been pushed further. But ultimately an enjoyable read.
This series was not my usual cup of tea,
the writing style was very well done and I really enjoyed the characters.
It's set in a very old Victorian English tone.
The story is full of impossible things, creatures, and adventures.
Set in the time of Napoleon's war, there's a lot of war action happening in this series as well.
It has a bit of steam punk essence to it as well, which I rather enjoyed.
Overall, a great series.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Once you get your head past the whole sailing ships in space thing, the rest is good time. I am going to have to find the first book and read it, just to keep my stories straight.
Frothy, bloody, revolutionary story with Mars becoming independent, despite the best efforts to the Company to reduce the population to drug addled slaves, and then sending the Arieal Nave to subjugate the planet.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
For some reason, this third book just didn't have the same charm as the first two did, for me. It focused too heavily on battle scenes, and not enough on Arabella winning the day with her mechanical skills (though she did have her moments). I ended up skimming whole scenes. :( I did like the ending, however.
Abigail Pankau
The continuing young adult, alternative history, steam-punk adventures. The world-building continues to be excellent, here delving heavily into the idea of Empire and displacement of natives. There are lots of exciting aerial battles. But at the end, I felt very "meh" about it.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This started out slowly and I said to myself, “I think I am done with these Arabella books.” However, the story improved and overall I enjoyed reading it. And yet, maybe I am done with these Arabella books.
Andria Potter
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No cliffhanger, but a satisfactory ending. I'm unsure if there will be a book four, as this one ended as though it were meant to be a trilogy. If that's the case then I am sad as I really don't want this lovely series to end!

{Further review to come!}
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable finale of the series. at least I think it is the finale.
Meg Pontecorvo
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just as much fun as the first two books, although the ending feels rushed in places (but the epilogue is perfect).
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David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo Award, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, and five Year's Best anthologies as well as award-winning collection Space Magic from Wheatland Press.

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Adventures of Arabella Ashby (3 books)
  • Arabella of Mars (Adventures of Arabella Ashby, #1)
  • Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Adventures of Arabella Ashby #2)

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