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The God's Eye

(Lancaster's Luck #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  24 reviews
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 ...more
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Published January 21st 2020 by Glass Hat Press
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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
Kaje Harper
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 i ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
InD'tale Magazine
The fascinating characters, amazing world-building and the added mythology make this a perfect read for those who love steampunk and science fiction.

Read full review in the 2020 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Amanda Hupe
"This novel is steampunk genre meets "The Mummy."
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joyfully Jay
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
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 rea
"...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 lear
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 effor
Ulysses Dietz
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Anne Barwell
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 wide
Mari  Cardenas
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
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbtq, steampunk
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 ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed The Magpie Lord series or the Widdershins series
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,
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 al ...more
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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
Anna Nesterovich
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, erotica
As entertaining as it was to read, (view spoiler) ...more
Tanwen Cooper
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-fic
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. ...more
Megan Reddaway
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing end to the series!
Warren Rochelle
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fitting to the Lancaster's Luck trilogy, an alternate history/steampunk tale, set at the turn of the 20th century, in the Britannic Imperium. Rafe Lancaster, thanks to an injury ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book to finish a great series.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be loved the way Rafe loves Ned...
This is such a great series. The Gilded Scarab is one of my comfort re-reads and it was a delight to pick up this one.

I really hope there's more of Rafe and Ned's adventures in my future.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent third book, I definitely encourage you to read the others prior to this one for the full enjoyment of the complex storyline. Likeable characters with lovely dry humour and a very polished, enjoyable to read writing style.
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