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Friday Favourites (4): London Steampunk by Bec McMaster

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Friday Favourites is a weekly meme hosted by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life where you can showcase a book or series that’s on your Favorites shelf. It could be a book you’ve read recently or a few years back.

This week, I’m featuring the awesome Steampunk novels of Bec McMaster. I stumbled on this new genre last year and I didn’t know in the beginning if I would like it. But I discovered that the Steampunk world is a dangerously exciting world thanks to authors like Bec McMaster.

In her London Steampunk series, Bec McMaster draws us into an alternate version of Victorian London in which the Aristocracy are referred to as ‘blue bloods’ and the common folks are required by law to pay blood taxes for the blood-drinking ruling elite. In addition, there are verwulfen and mechs, humanist movements and political chess, intrigue, mystery, action, romance, and lots of Steampunk. All of which are ingredients artfully woven together by Bec McMaster through her wonderful prose and story-telling.

Book #1: Kiss of Steel

13507512From Goodreads:

When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

 

 

Book 1.5: Tarnished Knight (Novella)

17181953From Goodreads:

In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he’ll go to protect the woman he loves…

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John “Rip” Doolan thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined.

For six months, Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she is devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship…or risk losing each other forever.

 

 

Book #2: Heart of Iron

15927484From Goodreads:

In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

 

 

Book #3: My Lady Quicksilver

17310126From Goodreads:

Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.

In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.

He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.

*Read my review of My Lady Quicksilver here.

Bec McMaster has the next two installments in this series in the works, entitled Forged by Desire (Book #4) and Of Silk and Steam (Book #5).

I. Want. Now. Seriously. Now. Please?

About the author:

bec mcmasterMy name is Bec McMaster and I live in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, with my boyfriend and a beautiful dog named Kobe. I grew up either with my nose in a book or writing, and never understood why other people didn’t get to watch ‘all the movies in their heads’. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, I discovered romance at the age of sixteen and haven’t looked back.

When I’m not writing I like to read, go hiking with my boyfriend, pore over travel brochures, and go to the gym. I’m addicted to travel and love to set my books in foreign places. It’s the next best thing to travelling there. One day I vow to see the entire world, whether it’s by plane, paper or imagination.

These days I can be found sitting at my computer with a hot mug of tea, creating the dark and dangerous world of the London Steampunk series, where vampires and werewolves stalk the eerie London rookeries and even the darkest hero can find love. I’m a member of RWA (USA and Australia) and am represented by Jessica Faust of BookEnds; LLC.

 

Learn more about Bec McMaster on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads accounts.

Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

 

17310126Here’s a summary from Goodreads:

Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.

In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.

He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.

 

 

I didn’t have any expectation going into the book other than find out how the overarching plot will unfold but this story and its hero and heroine really got under my skin in a good way. This book might rival with Heart of Iron as my favorite in the series but I have to say that this might be Bec McMaster’s best book yet.

 

The story was so tight and well thought-of. I didn’t even find any gaps in the story at all. The characters were all fleshed out, even the secondary characters. You have an idea of what their motivations are and where these might lead them to and yet you keep on thinking and guessing what they will actually decide to do next.

 

The mystery and suspense were done artistically and beautifully. You get all the intrigue and the excitement. There were a lot of plot points going on: the humanist movement, the Mechs breakaway group, the mysterious affliction among the bluebloods, the hunt for Mercury and an intro into the world of the Nighthawks, and the intrigue and politics in the Echelon. There seem to be a lot going on but everything was just weaved into this one continuous and interconnected web world. Seamlessly and with a lot of sense.

 

I also appreciated the flow of the story. With each scene revealed, it flows seamlessly into the next and as the mysteries start to unfold, you discover that everything the author has written before was there for a reason. I love how well-connected all the details were. It was a solid story through and through.

 

And the characters, oh, the characters. I’m not entirely sure if this is plot-driven or character-driven novel, but I love both those points in this book. Lynch and Rosalind were just amazing characters. They leap off the pages and were really just well-developed characters.

 

Lynch, in the previous books in the series was like a side character for me that wasn’t so important or particularly interesting. But I was totally wrong. He’s this complex being with his own set of past and present, the details of which are actually engaging to learn and find out. His personality is so desirable and admirable and I loved seeing him show all these sides of himself to both Mercury and Rosalind.

 

Rosalind is no ordinary heroine either. This gal is a force to be reckoned with. I love how Bec McMaster wrote her. You see her as this strong-willed woman. You also see her as a woman who’s physically capable and skillful of defending and taking care of herself. But you also get to see her vulnerabilities not because she’s a woman but because she’s a person who’s capable of feeling deep emotions. I just really love how strong she is. It takes a lot to be the kind of person that she is and you can’t help but root not just for her but for Lynch as well.

 

The dual persona of Mercury and Rosalind was one of those plot points that I was hoping would be dealt with well by the author and she did not disappoint. You know there are times when deception plots such as this are not done well by authors and they come off as being shallow or forced even. But props to Bec McMaster for doing a really good job in this regard. Every situation that needed that bit of deception plot made sense and was organic not just to the plot but to the characters as well.

 

A really, really tension-filled but definitely enjoyable read.

 

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

 

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday: My Lady Quicksilver

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster (London Steampunk #3)

 

Publication Date: 1 October 2013 17310126

 

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

 

Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.

In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.

He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.

 

I can’t wait to dive into Bec McMaster’s Steampunk London world again. The third installment of the series brings us outside the main families of the first two books but nevertheless connected characters. There’s a much larger, overarching plot that is building up since the first book and I can’t wait to see what more is revealed in this new release.