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Lancaster's Luck #3

The God's Eye

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Rafe Lancaster is reluctantly settling into his role as the First Heir of House Stravaigor. Trapped by his father’s illness and his new responsibilities, Rafe can’t go with lover Ned Winter to Aegypt for the 1902/03 archaeological digging season. Rafe’s unease at being left behind intensifies when Ned’s fascination with the strange Antikythera mechanism and its intriguing link to the Aegyptian god Thoth has Ned heading south to the remote, unexplored highlands of Abyssinia and the course of the Blue Nile.

Searching for Thoth’s deadly secrets, Ned is out of contact and far from help. When he doesn’t return at Christmas as he promised, everything points to trouble. Rafe is left with a stark choice – abandon his dying father or risk never seeing Ned again.

395 pages, ebook

First published January 21, 2020

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2,078 reviews425 followers
March 1, 2020
4 Unsurprising Hearts!

All I have to say is that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this historical steampunk trilogy!

Rafe is a quasi-antihero, really only wanting to live his life in peace, unencumbered by responsibility except for his own person and his lover Ned. However, life often never complies, and he finds himself the heir apparent to an important political house that supports the Royal family and helps govern Britain. Having never catered to house politics, he finds himself smack dab in the middle of it all, neck deep sooner than he expected as his father falls ill, and Rafe must take on more duties and start navigating the delicate balance between allies and enemies.

Such obligation is a burden, because it also means Rafe can’t join his lover Ned, on his yearly trek to Aegypt. When Ned comes up missing, Rafe has no choice but to go and find him, whether it’s a prudent thing to do or not. Ned takes top priority, and damn anyone who stands in his way.

As with the first 2 books, this has plenty of political intrigue, not only at home but internationally as well. Apparently, Ned is after a valuable artifact that could be turned into a deadly weapon, one that the crafty Germans want for themselves, and it’s a race against time to see who gets there first.

So ensue action of course, twists and turns, familial feels, and quite the setup regarding ancient Aegypt mythology bringing an impressive theorization to life. There's a cold practicality running throughout this book, but Rafe and Ned never let their vaulted status compromise their integrity. They’re a great romantic pair especially when they conspire and work together, and I loved watching Rafe come into his own to be a formidable leader who will always put his family and friends first no matter the consequences.

Maybe Butler will get a second whim to write more about this duo when they rule Britain together. If only! For sure, I’d gladly be ready to reimmerse myself again in this world and their further adventures should she decide to do so!

Thank you to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Author 72 books2,480 followers
January 28, 2020
This was a fun addition to a favorite steampunkish historical fantasy series. Rafe, coffee shop owner and aeroship pilot, is a great POV character, with his dry humor and independent attitude. Here we see him more than a year on from the end of book 2, settling in to his new role in his House, and his new interactions with family. Ned is still the hidden center of Rafe's world, but as the next season for Ned's archaeological dig in Aegypt approaches, Rafe isn't free to go along. The separation is hard to take, and worse when Ned and a few of his men go off on a side expedition that takes them out of radio contact, and from which they do not return. Rafe is not going to sit around in England when Ned is missing.

This had an entertaining plot, and a warmth to the established couple romance. A few moments were pretty obvious plot-wise. (Rafe should not have been fooled by Nell - that was clearly coming from a mile away.) But it gave us a fun character addition, and in general the plot kept moving along in an interesting way, with some twists and turns. The wrap-up was solid and sweet, and the ending a strong HFN in a society where homophobia is still reigning strong. I reread the first two before this one, and recommend the whole series, read in order.
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1,372 reviews119 followers
June 3, 2021
Dear Author,

I think the reason I cannot write a more in-depth review for your series is that I cannot set my words to wing. They’re just not enough. My words, anyone’s words. The series was one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read, and that’s not even touching the surface of how I felt as I shared in these wild adventures with these unforgettable characters. I am in awe of your imagination. With #3 The God's Eye, I had a map of Africa at hand, referring to it constantly when Rafe was heading blindly south to rescue Ned, Hugh, and Sam with little time to form a plan. I was joyfully looking up so many archaic words. I adore the language in this trilogy. I’ve also become enthused to read more about Egypt’s history and culture.

I am chagrined to leave the world you created, but I look forward to your next literary work.

So… thank you from the bottom of my heart. Carry on!
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1,859 reviews84 followers
January 21, 2020
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because...hella' good series and still no 1/2 stars here on GR. Full review to follow...really soonish!

It's Indiana Jones in steampunk Victorian era London with a touch of a gay romance...

‘The God’s Eye’ is the third, and rumor has it, final story in ‘Lancaster’s Luck’ the Victorian Era Steampunk trilogy by Anna Butler.

In ‘The Gilded Scarab’ we were introduced to Rafe Lancaster and followed his return back to civilian life after leaving the Britannic Imperium’s Aero Corps. As Rafe tries to find his bearings upon returning to civilian life the reader goes on a journey with him while he learns about running a coffee house, deals with a jealous ex-lover, fends off murder and kidnapping attempts and begins a new relationship with Ned Winter, first heir to Gallowglass House…it was only meant to be a brief dalliance but as fate keeps drawing them together, it turns into something stronger, something more…possibly the key to Rafe’s future happiness.

Then in ‘The Jackal’s House’ the reader travels to Aegypt with Rafe and Ned on an archaeological excavation in the temple ruins of Abydos where strange things began to happen…things that became dangerous…life threateningly dangerous. At every turn they find themselves facing more and increasingly dangerous things. It soon becomes clear that if they’re going to survive, they need to get to the bottom of what’s happening and quickly.

And now in ‘The God’s Eye’, Rafe and Ned’s once again find themselves in jeopardy. Rafe is to become First Heir of House Stravaigor and as his father hovers on the brink of death leaving Rafe tied to a future he never wanted but knows he must accept he finds himself unable to accompany Ned to Aegypt for the archaeological digging season. Rafe’s deepest worries are realized when Ned fails to return from a trip to the remote, unexplored highlands of Abyssinia.

As much as he is reluctant to do so, Rafe knows he must follow his heart and leave Londinium with its house and familial commitments behind to travel to Aegypt and ultimately Abyssinia in search of Ned so he can bring him safely home.

When I first began reading this series, I said that not only was this Ms Butler’s wheelhouse but she was in the driver’s seat…my belief in this has not changed. Although it’s been a while since I read ‘The Jackal’s House’ slipping back into the steampunk world of Victorian era London was effortless.

While there’s a very definite romance in this story…actually in all of them for the most part it’s the action and adventure that holds center stage. So admittedly if you’re someone who wants their romance front and center than you may not enjoy these stories as much as I did. But also know that there is a very definite romantic relationship between Rafe and Ned and while it’s not always the main focus neither does it ever become completely lost to the story.

Once again Ms Butler has maintained the world she’s created while taking the reader on an epic adventure with some very memorable characters. Many of which we’ve met in previous stories but here in ‘The God’s Eye’ we are given a closer look at some of the people in Ned and especially Rafe’s life. I think for me one of the main reasons that I’ve enjoyed this series so much has been the authors writing style and that she’s not only written a story that feels like it’s set in steampunk Victorian Era England and that it holds such an intimate feeling to the era that in the best possible ways it feels like she lived it.

Just a little side note here…as well as my recommendation in previous reviews to read the series from the beginning and in order. I would also encourage visiting series page on the author’s website (https://annabutlerfiction.com/my-book...) where you’ll find links to a lot of fun and interesting information on the series and on steampunk London. It’s a fun place to poke around and add a more visual feel to the story in terms of the era and how things appeared as well as things specific to this series, it’s information that can only add to your reading experience.

“The God’s Eye” may be the final book in ‘Lancaster’s Luck’ I’m hoping that it’s not the authors only foray into the world of Steampunk London and for me the only thing that could have made this better would be if I could enjoy it all over again on audio…“le sigh!” a girl can hope…right?

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An ARC of ‘The God’s Eye’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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2,594 reviews81 followers
March 25, 2021
This is even better than the second book. Love the plot and Tatlock proves to be interesting.

I really hope there will be more books in this series ... there is so much Potential and I adore Rafe

One of the best books this year
854 reviews31 followers
June 28, 2021
The story was fine, I just didn’t like it, and skimmed along the whole thing. I enjoyed the elements of the story in the UK, and the coffee shop, and the characters, just not the poms in Egypt stuff.
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823 reviews98 followers
April 28, 2021
Hi there, I would like to report a crime because this book - this series - is criminally underrated. That was a mad Indiana Jones-style steam-punk/historical adventure that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Anna Butler is an incredible author and captures the period so well, even though it's set in a wildly alternative universe - it felt so real and believable. The writing is so sharp and witty and the plot was all kinds of fun. Really grew to love Rafe and Ned's sweet romance as well. Honestly, this series had me watching a four-part documentary series on Youtube about ancient Egypt just to understand the context better. This had been a genuine joy to read, highly recommended.
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2,432 reviews23 followers
January 21, 2020
I enjoyed this. I love history. Especially when you get into Greek stuff or Egyptian things. It’s all fascinating to me. But as good as this book turned out to be, it took a while for it to get there. I was 27 % in and almost was ready to call it quits, when stuff started getting really interesting. A lover has gone missing on a dig, lies are being thrown everywhere, spies and traitors are at every turn and you don’t know who to trust. And betrayals that are a slap in the face….
Ned loves dealing with archeological digs. And ever since he caught a glimpse of a special mechanical thing, he’s really been chomping at the teeth to get out there and find if there’s more stuff that goes to it. But Rafe can’t go with him, because of his father’s illnesses and he’s having to step in his father’s place. But in the middle of the dig, things go wrong. Ned ends up missing, along with the team with him and Rafe finds out there’s some people out there who want their hands on whatever Ned is looking for. For not so good reasons. Rafe has to take off to go find him, and hopes he can find them all before it’s too late. And if he does find them, will they make it back out alive?
Once you get past a certain part of the story, like I said, it gets interesting. Ned goes missing, Rafe is going nuts missing him to begin with and now this. But it’s the everything behind it. Like I said, there are betrayals by people you thought you could trust. Secrets and lies being told at every turn. And some things are having to be hidden in order to keep the world safe. Because what they find is hella dangerous. But man, it would be so cool to find. I’ve always wanted to go to a dig site and find things, like old pyramids or tombs. Maybe palaces, like King David and Solomon. Pharaohs or those considered gods or goddesses. Could you just imagine what it would be like to find things that haven’t been seen in so many years? Amazing. So when they come upon all of that, it was so interesting to see. The story behind it. Everything. The joy of knowing what they are seeing with their own eyes. I would be envious.
It’s a good story. You just have to start getting to the part where Ned leaves. Once you get there, everything changes and there’s action of some sort galore. That made it better.

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7,286 reviews412 followers
January 24, 2020
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


I was quick to pick this book up, being the long awaited third in a series that I have loved. I dubbed Rafe a book boyfriend at the very beginning and that has not changed. Though I did have a few issues with this story, overall I really enjoyed it. Butler has crafted a unique and interesting steampunk world, and it continues to grow and evolve as the stories do. This is a series that definitely needs to be read in order, so only pick this one up after you’ve read the first two in the Lancaster’s Luck series.

I love Rafe’s snark, his no BS attitude, and his huge heart. He certainly doesn’t want to play any of the games that are rife in the Houses. But he also knows people are counting on him and he steps up because he must. He also loves Ned thoroughly and completely, and though it’s been a bit of a bumpy road, they’ve gotten to a good place.

Read Kris’ review in its entirety here.




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827 reviews14 followers
February 5, 2020
"...You can’t think we’d misuse it?”
“Because we’re English gentlemen—honourable and virtuous, moral and true? Oh, Ned. Ask any nation we’ve absorbed into the Imperium. You may get an answer that shocks you.” [loc. 3723]


Third in the 'Lancaster's Luck' series that began with The Gilded Scarab and continued with The Jackal's House . This episode is less of a romance and more of a swashbuckling adventure: Rafe Lancaster and Ned Winter spend most of the first half of the book apart, Rafe learning to live with his role as First Heir of House Stravaigor -- and watching his father's decline -- while Ned is off in Egypt, investigating links between the Antikythera device and the ancient cult of Thoth.

There isn't much development of their relationship, but there is plenty of excitement: enemy agents! perilous landings in crippled airships! explorations of a mystical pyramid that makes Rafe wonder whether 'that Wells chap' was right about visitors from other planets! a plucky younger sister! (Oh, Rafe, she really shouldn't have been able to trick you so easily.)

I miss the coffee shop, and Londinium. But Rafe's star is rising and I look forward to more steampunky, slashy adventure.
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134 reviews1 follower
January 19, 2020
Review by 2shay..........🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.....

I’m smarter today than I was before starting this book. At least I’m just a little more articulate. Ms. Butler is a master of the English language. She has a way of combining seldom used words and phrases without seeming the least bit pretentious. Her dialog is snappy, witty and engaging, with descriptions so perfectly drawn that you think you’re in the room, or tent, with the characters.

As always, the author puts the reader back in Rafe Lancaster’s world effortlessly. Rafe’s father, the current head of Stravaigor House, is seriously ill, not expected to survive long. As the new First Heir, Rafe is torn between following his love, Ned Winter, to Egypt and staying by his father’s side. Event unfold that leave Rafe no choice and he’s off to chase Ned in another exciting adventure.

If, for some reason, you’re reluctant to read about sex with two men, don’t be. There is mild sexual activity, but Anna Butler is wonderful at writing emotion. The connection between Rafe and Ned is simply beautiful. Don’t miss it.

This book reads just fine as a stand-alone, but my recommendation is to start at the beginning with The Gilded Scarab, followed by the award winning The Jackal’s House. I think you will love following the adventures of Rafe and Ned. You may, like me, actually begin to understand this steampunk world.

Enjoy! ARC graciously provided by the author for an honest and voluntary review.
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1,206 reviews43 followers
January 24, 2020
4 💖💖💖💖 Hearts Reviewed by Shorty for MM Good Book Reviews

Rafe has a hard decision to make when Ned does not home for Christmas after leaving for an important archaeological dig. Rafe is concerned on many levels. Does he stay by his dying fathers side or does he travel to discover what happened to Ned and where he is at?

I don't want to give anything away but I will say I was intrigued with Ned's fascination. The circumstances surrounding the god Thoth were amazing. I was mesmerized by the details and the adventure.

I felt bad for Rafe and the predicament he finds himself in when things do not go as planned. Well written and engaging this story has it all.

Great read.
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Author 13 books614 followers
February 27, 2020
Review done for Paranormal Romance Guild:

A fantastic book. Superbly written, with a complex plot that is as wonderfully crafted as some of the marvels we learn about within its pages.

The trouble with a series like this – for the author – is that, once we’ve gotten through the trauma of the main characters – Rafe Lancaster and Ned Winter – the author needs to carry on with something else as the main premise. It can’t just be about dealing with a clandestine relationship with another man (although that motif runs through this book, as is proper); and it can’t be about Rafe’s reluctant inheritance of power in a world he doesn’t really like (although that, too, is present). The author must take the readers – and her characters – on a new kind of ride. And well she does!

Rafe is an aeroship pilot, invalided out of the Imperial forces because of a head injury that damaged his eyesight. He is also the illegitimate son of one of the most powerful men in the Empire. Ned is a highly respected Aegyptologist, but also the heir to one of the most influential of the oligarchical families of the Imperium Britannicum (that is to say, the British Empire, but more sinister and steampunky). Both men are somewhat at odds with the roles into which they must fit for the sake of their families. The one thing they like best about their lives is their love for each other – a love that, because it is only 1903, dare not speak its name.

Separated for several months by Ned’s archaeological work, and because Rafe’s father is dying, our guys muddle along with long-distance communication via Marconi transmitters- until one day Ned simply stops calling. Nobody knows why. Rafe, of course, is called in to do something about it, joining the houses of Stravaigor and Gallowglass more closely than ever before. Rafe, once the outcast of his family, is now the only hope for two families.

Anna Butler takes us into the mythological world of Thoth, Aegyptian god of science and the judge of the dead (among other things). She merges the relationship story of Ned and Rafe with an action-filled and fascinating “Indiana Jones” sort of adventure into amazing geography and fantastical impossibility, giving us images and experiences that leap off the page with their richness of detail.

Butler also moves the personal narrative along, involving other members of both Ned and Rafe’s families, expanding that vision importantly, thereby opening up an avenue for a potential next volume. Unlike the typical action adventure film these days, the personal stories matter as much as the whiz-bang escapades of our heroes. I don’t think Butler will be able to carry the Lancaster’s Luck series on forever, but it’s not over yet, and none of her fans (including me) are in any hurry.
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Author 17 books92 followers
March 18, 2020
I love this series, and am sad that this is the last we’ll see of Rafe and Ned, but it’s fabulous end to their story. As an added bonus the talented Margaret Warner’s illustrations and maps are gorgeous and fit the story perfectly.

The world building in this story—and series—is well thought out and detailed. It’s also very political, which I think is one of its strengths. I like how this point in their history mirrors our world but with subtle differences, and I loved the part events in the wider world—beyond the Britannic Imperium—played in this story. The technology is fabulous, and the inclusion of Aegyptology gives the world a very rich history. As an aside, I found myself wondering whether this is set in the same world—although obviously at a different time—as the author’s SF series.

Rafe’s voice sets the tone of the narration, and it’s perfect for the time, setting, and story, yet distinctly Rafe. I enjoyed seeing him in action as a pilot—it brought home not only how good he was, but the tragedy that he had to give it up. I also liked how Ned is shown that he is first heir by his reactions, decisions, and manner in dealing with the situation they’re in, despite his role and excitement as an Aegyptologist.

Rafe and Ned are both interesting and layered characters, and I enjoy reading how their relationship has grown between and during books. They’re both trapped within their place in society and yet manage to move forward despite that, and make their mark on the world. I felt sad that they can’t admit to how they feel about each other in public, and it’s obvious they love each other. I like that friendship is a huge part of their relationship too. I love the descriptions and emotion in their scenes together.

Rafe’s half sister, Nell, plays a decent sized role in this story. I loved her fiery, determined personality and how she doesn’t conform to society’s expectations of what a lady should and shouldn’t do. I liked Theo as a character too, and was happy about his part in the storyline.

The action scenes are well written, and page turning. I found this story a very satisfying read, and was very happy that Rafe and Ned got one more adventure.

Highly recommended.
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2,009 reviews23 followers
January 24, 2020
5 Stars!

I read the first two books in the series a little over 2 years ago and they were amazing, so I had high expectations for this installment and I wasn't disappointed. That said, you need to be aware that the books are better read in order for maximum enjoyment. Still, if you read them a while ago like I did, Ms. Butler was really good about inserting little flashbacks here and there that will trigger your memory.

Rafe is coming into his own as the First Heir of House Stravaigor and dealing with his father's illness, and fretting over his father's impending death and what it will mean for him, on top of not being able to join Ned on his latest archaeological expedition to Aegypt. When Ned suddenly disappears, his father contacts Rafe to help find him. 

It was great catching up with Ned and Rafe! They're so well-matched for one another and I love seeing them together. While this is a Steampunk Adventure, it's still set in Victorian England and everything that entails, which includes that men aren't supposed to be in a romantic relationship, so while some of their close friends/family/bodyguards know or suspect that they might be together, they still need to hide from everyone. This makes their encounters, the looks they share, even a simple graze of fingers feel more intense and meaningful. 

Growing up, I was enamored of Egypt and Archaeology, so getting to experience these adventures with Rafe and Ned has been a delight. This book and the previous ones are so well-written, fast-paced and detailed and full of exciting adventures and enough romance to keep me engaged and captivated until the last page and while I'm not sure if there are going to be more books after this one, I really hope this isn't the last we've seen of Rafe and Ned. Highly recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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1,387 reviews39 followers
January 25, 2020
Highly anticipated but slightly disappointing conclusion to the Lancaster's Luck series. Rafe's first person narration is as distinctive as always - erudite, witty, dry and full of affection for his beloved Ned. And therein lay the problem for me: there's no relationship development in this book. Rafe and Ned love each other, their families either don't mind or turn a blind eye to their homosexuality, and there are no challenges. Yes, Ned disappears and they are both in danger at various points in the story, but there's no doubt that Rafe will find Ned and they will survive the ultimate battle with the bad guys.

There are many intriguing aspects to the story. Rafe is trying to settle into his surprising new role in his House, and he has very complicated feelings about the father he recently discovered and is about to lose. His stepsister Nell adds a spirited flair and a secondary M/F romance to the story. And of course there is lots of danger, adventure and a mysterious, miraculous archeological discovery that could change the balance of power in the world if it is brought to light. So YMMV especially if you don't mind the lack of anything new with Ned and Rafe's relationship. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want Butler to have them break up in each book just so they can get back together, but a writer who can develop such intricate plots around the Imperial Houses should surely be able to come up with a novel way to test or further explore their romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series overall, especially the second book The Jackal’s House; I just think Butler didn't quite nail the landing.
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Author 29 books15 followers
December 5, 2022
This is the third and (I assume) last in the Lancaster’s Luck series of steampunk novels set in an alternate late Victorian/early Edwardian Britain, featuring ex-pilot, now coffee-shop owner Rafe Lancaster and his lover, archaeologist Ned Winter. I’ve enjoyed pretty much every word of all three books, which are original, densely-plotted and staggeringly detailed, with descriptions of almost everything from making the perfect cup of coffee to the intricate political system dominated by a series of imperial ‛Houses’.

The books probably wouldn’t suit readers out for a quick-fix read with lots of sex, but I loved being able to lose myself in Rafe and Ned’s world and - of course - the archaeology was an added bonus. In this particular book the plot centres around the famous Antikythera device, which really exists, has been studied extensively, but is just as much of an enigma as it ever was. Ms Butler’s explanation of what it was for was just divine (in more ways than one, cough) and Rafe and Ned’s ‛boy’s own’ adventures, at least partly inside an incredible unknown pyramid, kept me turning the pages long into the night.

The few steampunk books I’ve tried in the past have been disappointing; an airship here, a pair of electric bellows there and the authors seem to think that’s enough. But here the whole world revolves around aether and phlogiston, and it’s written into the narrative so skillfully that it becomes far more than just another backdrop to the story.

I thoroughly recommend all three books. Although the plots are standalone, it’s worth starting with the first book, The Gilded Scarab, and following Rafe’s adventures, because that way the other two books will make a lot more sense!
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167 reviews1 follower
October 12, 2020
My initial, brief review:

Great series

Intriguing, passionate and fun. This is a crackerjack series. Fantastic characters, twisty plots and lots of political machinations. Highly recommended.

Now a more in-depth review. I could not totally connect with the plot in this one because I have very poor spatial skills - despite the maps and drawings, I simply could not conjure up what the author was describing when speaking of the item that is central to the story. I did get the feeling of awe and dread, but got very lost in the (literal) twists and turns in the description. (I was referring to Wikipedia often to get a little tutoring on engineering, which helped a bit)

That being said, I give this book and the series 4+ stars. In previous books, I felt Rafe was still somewhat of an emotionally underdeveloped cipher, but when I got through this installment and take the series as a whole, I found I really did like his characterization, it just took the whole series for me to get him to a place where I felt more connected to him and his relationship with Ned.

I wasn't thrilled with the whole Nell subplot, but I had an inkling of the rationale for it and so I didn't let it keep me from enjoying the story and series as a whole. Rafe and Ned are a fabulous couple, and, as in the previous books, many of the supporting characters are quite good. These books have quite a bit of plot apart from the romance between the MC's, which is nice - they are "ripping good yarns" that also feature a very passionate and romantic couple.

Lovely books, will likely reread the first again at some point and enjoy it even more now that I know the ultimate ending.
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1,323 reviews52 followers
February 9, 2020
Another great offering from Ms Butler. It was interesting seeing Rafe function as a legitimate heir to a minor house (compared to the earlier books when he was being oppressed and persecuted by senior House members for failing to toe the line. Personally, my preference is for Rafe's 'black sheep' rebel persona instead of his stalwart, 'tied to duty' one. As with previous titles in the series, the author gives enough archeological / alt-world science punk details to keep my imagination humming along with the fast paced plot. Demise of sympathetic secondary characters as well as betrayal from within one's own ranks are also a repeating motifs, and I was caught off-guard near the end of the book. Rafe and Ned's relationship continues to progress nicely, although I wonder if the author might want to throw in some roadblocks soon to liven things up ... the mounting pressures of maintaining a clandestine romance within a Victorian society (albeit an alt-universe one) must surely have some impact despite the MCs having senior, fairly powerful roles within their sociopolitical structures. Thankfully, the author also does not fall into the trap of giving too much on-page M-on-M bedroom action, which usually results in my fast-forwarding whole sections of reading. 4.5 stars.
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Author 12 books40 followers
July 19, 2020
The Lancaster's Luck trilogy has a satisfactory ending indeed. Rafe Lancaster, now First Heir to House Stravaigor, is adjusting to his new role. His father is ill, and so when his lover, Ned Winter goes off to Aegypt for the 1902-03 archaeological digging season, he can't. Rafe misses Ned terribly and wishes his lover, fascinated with the "strange Antikythera mechanism--linked to the Aegyptian god, Thoth--heads south to the "emote, unexplored highlands of Abyssinia."

Ned doesn't return at Christmas. No one has heard from. The Straviagor, Ned's father, is dying. Rafe has no heir. Other forces are interested. Will good prevail? Can Ned be found, their love protected?

The Egyptian and archaeological details are rich, as are the details of this alternate reality. The conflict, and what is a stake, could change the world forever. And at the heart of this, a love story.
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562 reviews24 followers
June 7, 2020
As entertaining as it was to read,
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3,429 reviews
December 10, 2021
Ned and Safe are into all sorts of excitement once again.
Ned heads off to Egypt, while Rafe accepts that his elevation to First Heir means stepping into his dying fathers shoes and stays behind.
Plans go awry when Ned goes missing - cue dramatic rush to the rescue, though not smoothly.
Mechanical pyramids, Aegyptian gods, Prussians and traitors - and a stowaway sister, like that was only ever inevitable!
Enjoyed these three books
288 reviews1 follower
February 19, 2020
Another excellent romp through this universe. I really enjoyed the plot of this instalment, but I felt like ned was a bit washed out in this one: hes absent half the book, then wrapped up in his work for the rest so he didn't feel as strong of a character this time. However i did like the new characters creeping in, and im still very keen to see the rest of this world.
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1,199 reviews56 followers
October 29, 2021
Book three in the Lancaster's Luck series, and it was just as good as the first two books. This series was one of my favourites, ever, and I wish Anna Butler would continue with it. I was not ready to say goodbye to Rafe and Ned and their adventures, be it in London or Aegypt.
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2,304 reviews23 followers
September 4, 2022
Action/adventure reminding me of many movies in which everyone’s exploring ancient hidden places of power while also engaged in various pitched battles with Nazis (in this case 1902 Prussians standing in). It was unexceptionally fine.

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