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A Bad Breed

(Gaslamp Gothic #3)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  33 reviews

A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.

January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.

The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published May 31st 2019 by Acorn
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Shannon (discoverelysian)

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"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."

When I saw the cover and read the word 'gothic' on it, this book intrigued me instantly. It gives off the vibe that if you read it, you're in for a wild ride. And when I read the synopsis then found out that A Bad Breed is kind of a retelli
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Bad Breed is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series by author Kat Ross. The gaslamp Gothic series, was previously known as the Dominion Mystery series, which includes The Daemoniac and The Thirteenth Gate. I love Kat Ross' books. Her writing is always so on point and engaging, which these days is one of the most important aspects I look for when I picking what books I want to read. And I think Bad Breed might be
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

Let’s see if I can articulate words for how much I loved this. I’ll be honest I thought I was looking at a 3, maybe 4, cups of coffee read, it sounded entertaining and I knew I would like it, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. I love Victorian era books, whether they’re written in modern times or in Victorian times, they’re some of my favorite books but this also means I can be picky about them as I want something that really feels Victorian if th
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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A Bad Breed is a hugely atmospheric read, dropping you into a gothic Victorian world from the first page. I really wished it was longer, to delve more into the background of Anne and Vivienne – but I guess that’s what the other books are for! This is the first book I’ve read by Kat Ross, so I took the description at its word, that A Bad Breed could be read as a standalone despite being the third novel in the series. It worked out just fine,
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is everything I needed in my life. It’s the perfect blend of fantasy, romance, and suspense. And don’t let the fact that it’s a retelling worry you because I know many people can be skeptical of books that say they’re a retelling. There are definitely elements of Beauty and the Beast, but A Bad Breed is so much more than that.

This is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. There are course some references
Katherine Paschal
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Keep in mind that while this is the third book in the series, I feel like it could be read on it's own. There are characters that have previously been featured in this world, but the mystery elements were brand new and this was the first time that we have had Anne as a main character.

“The werewolf may have become extinct in our age, yet he has left his stamp on classic antiquity, he has trodden deep in Northern snows, has ridden ro
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
A Bad Breed by Kat Ross is third in the Gothic Gaslamp series. Deep in the Carpathians, the village of Mara Vardac has been beset by a series of vicious attacks. At first thought to be animal attacks, it becomes clear something far more sinister is afoot. Anne, an SPR agent, goes to investigate and ends up disappearing. Her guardian, Vivienne, goes to search for Anne, and continue the investigation into the attacks. What she finds is far more sinister than mere rogue wolves or bears.

I absolutel
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book… wow it oozes mood. Right from the first page you know you are in a Victorian Gothic novel. The world building just pulls you in, especially if you are a big fan of Victorian era pieces like I am.

This book has it all – Necromancers ✔ Secret Societies ✔ Paranormal Investigations ✔ Long Burning Revenge ✔ Old Empty Castles ✔ Fantastic Heroines and more ✔ ✔ ✔.

I love Kat Ross’s writing style and world-building and well just about everything else.

This is the third book in the series, (you ca
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I cant agree with the authors claim that this book can be read as a standalone as the purported main character doesnt appear herself until about 37% into the book.

When we finally get to her part of the story it did get a bit more interesting but I soon got very tired of Annes character,she just came across as very arrogant. Now dont get me wrong a flawed character can still be a good character but as a reader I didnt really understand her motivations or get an explanation about her past shaped
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this baby as I felt that it has been a while since the last book in this series which is The Thirteenth Gate. To be fair to Kat, she was busy releasing the remaining books for the Fourth Talisman Series and we all know that I would never be complaining about that!

I do recommend reading the Fourth Talisman Series and of course the series that started it all The Fourth Element Series. You are not required to do so to enjoy the Gaslamp Gothic series, but between us,
Anne is a daeva- one of a few magical and ancient beings left who now use their powers to hunt down any evil beings left in the world. Anne is on assignment in a small Romanian village in 1889, she is on the hunt for a pricolici- a creature of folklore, a werewolf that killed several children in the small village. Anne has uncharacteristically gone missing from a nearby monastery on her assignment prompting friends Vivienne, Alec and Nathaniel to come looking for her. Unbeknownst to Anna or Alec ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Bad Breed is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series by Kat Ross. However, it can be read as a standalone, which was a good thing for me, as I haven't had the chance to read the first two books yet.

The story follows Vivienne, a woman who happens to know a lot about the strange and mysterious creatures that lurk in the shadows. In A Bad Breed, Vivienne is on a mission to discover what happened to her ward, Anne. Anne went to a small Romanian village, only to disappear without a trace.

Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd read Kat Ross's The Fourth Element and The Fourth Talisman series, and enjoyed them tremendously, so I was curious to read "A Bad Breed," which features some of the same worldbuilding but is a different subgenre, set in a different time period. And it *is* different from the epic fantasy books, but highly enjoyable if you like Gothic, gaslamp, urban fantasy, or reimagined fairy tales.

It's set in an alternative Victorian-era Europe, with most of the action either in London or the Carpathians.
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
5 Cranky Stars

I loved this book and I shall be reading all the other books in the series. I'm normally not a big fan of "period pieces", at least not in book form. But this book was so original and well written. I love the attention to detail and historical accuracy.

This book assumes the reader is intelligent enough to keep up with historical references. It respects it's readers, which I appreciate. I don't like things dumbed down. I like feeling like the material is meant for adults, not child
Judy Lawing
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frankly I am exhausted. I just completed reading this book and I feel like I have been on a cross country trek on foot. In the best possible way of course. The way she brings the past, the characters, so many fascinating historical facts and locations all alive, combining nearly every aspect of fiction possible. There is history, there is folklore, the old country, cathedrals and castles, all woven together with human strengths and weaknesses, with hatred and love, duty and honor, betrayal and p ...more
I really enjoyed this novel - the third in the series. (I have not read the initial installment, but I did read The Thirteenth Gate).

The pacing was well-done, with vivid description worked seamlessly into action sequences.

The character development was also skillfully handled. We learn more about characters from the previous installment, and new characters are introduced and developed. I particularly appreciated how the familiar characters took on new dimensions - it seemed organic and very natur
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to get back to the universe / world Kat Ross created and again. This book didn't let me down.
What started as a fantasy world is now getting a more gothic feel, but the story itself is more important than the setting.

The storyline is good and gripping. The characters have depth where needed and really develop over the series. This story starts out as a bit of a whodunit, but will have a lot of romance tones in it which give it more live without turning into a bodice-ripper (did I write tha
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! All the twists and turns, ups and downs, along with a few glitches and bumps here and there pull you deeper into this raging storyline and hard hitting plot. Throw in all the drama, intrigue, angst, danger and suspense and you have one intense, page turning bombshell that's as riveting as it is captivating. A twirling multitude of emotions and events that feed from the excitement and nerve racking tension that brings this bad boy roaring to life brilliantly. The charac
I am a HUGE fan of Beauty and the Beast, and I LOVE reading retellings/re-imaginings of the story. I am also a HUGE fan of Kat Ross' works. Her writings are always so unique and leaving you on the edge of your seat. "A Bad Breed" is no exception. I love that the book is set in 1889. This is the prime gothic era and there is definitely that sort of vibe in this book.
This is NOT your typical "Beauty and the Beast" tale. Oh no. It is so much more than that. You fall in love with Anne and the myster
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for free from the author as an ARC and have voluntarily chosen to review it.
It has been a long time since I read a good good gothic novel and I enjoyed this one.It is the third in the series, but can be read and understood without having read the first two. It met all the requirements for a really good read to capture and keep your attention. There was the paranormal, men who felt they must protect the women, very strong women that could that could protect themselv
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If you've learned anything about me, it's that I will not pass up a dark fairytale reimagining. I don't know why I love them so much. Probably because I cut my teeth on Grimm fairytales. I find that reimaginings can be really good, or really, really bad. There's really not much in between, at least for me.

So what's so great about this one?

A Bad Breed brings us to the Carpathian mountains where gruesome killings have occurred near a Romanian village. Is it a beast? Is it a man? Both? What start
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love 1800s Gothic-inspired fairy tales, this is the book for you!

AND what makes this story even better is that it's a dark BEAUTY AND THE BEAST retelling! AKA, all the things I love to read!!

When it comes to the actual retelling, you can immediately tell the similarities BUT with a darker twist. I loved the characters who are stuck in the perfect rustic, gothic world, and you just can't help but fall for the male interest. Everything about this book just screams darkness. 

I gave this one
So this was a book that I partially enjoyed. The pages that included that Gothic village and monastery were very interesting but the rest of it was quite regular.

I thought I would be impressed by Vivienne but sadly that hasn't been the case. In fact, Nathaniel seemed interesting.

Anyways, people who like historic romance and brave men of God, may try this one out.
Judith Davids
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all Kat's books - a captivating read. I should really have started with the beginning of the series rather than dipping in at the end as this would have helped better understand the characters at the beginning.
Garrett Olinde
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another good story in the series. However, the story is set in 1889 and features a Texas oil heiress. The first significant oil in Texas was found after that date. And to get from Romania to Switzerland, you travel west, not eat. Still like the books though.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced

I was on the edge of my seat. I love Vivienne and Alex for all their strengths and weakness. The best surprised me. I cant wait for the next adventure.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne is an occult investigator. Even this one is totally different. What a story.
Queen Talk Talk
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good book.

Some interesting characters who are disturbed by their very long lives yet unwilling to give them up. Even ancients can be insecure in love.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! Loved the gothic feel of it, and that it wasn't overly dramatic but had a good dose of it! Cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
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Other books in the series

Gaslamp Gothic (4 books)
  • The Daemoniac (Gaslamp Gothic #1)
  • The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries, #2)
  • The Necromancer's Bride (Gaslamp Gothic, #4)