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Crimson & Steam
by Liz Maverick

(paranormal romance / historical romance)

First of all, this book is well into the Crimson City series, and I haven’t read any of the other books in that series. So there could easily have been some details I missed, or some characters that I would have different opinions of had I read the other books. Secondly, while the whole series has sounded interesting to me before this, I will admit to only picking it up now because I read that it had steampunk elements, and I am currently writing a steampunk story.

Now... Disclaimers out of the way, I can begin my review.

I enjoyed this story a lot. It had some fun points, and while bits of the world didn’t seem explained enough for me, I felt like the world was built fully, it was just my understanding that was lacking. (see first note, above) For existing readers of the series, I’m sure these would not have been issues. One of the issues I had — where vampires and werewolves actually *came* from in this world — was actually addressed over the course of the novel. I hadn’t expected it to be, so this was an added bonus.

The way the story is set up, there are essentially two different plots, each with a romance that plays out independent from the other. This was a very neat way of doing it, but it did mean that there was less screen time for each couple. It didn’t hurt the couple in the past, even though they were in less than half of the novel, but I did end up feeling like I didn’t know the main couple as well as I should have.

All told, actually, I was more interested in the steampunk part of the story. That was the story that seemed more unique to me, more new and interesting. Don’t get me wrong: I liked both halves. But there are lots of vampire/werewolf stories out there. The part of Crimson & Steam set in the past was unlike most things I’ve read. The only published novel I’ve read that I can compare it to at the moment is Heart’s Blood by Gail Dayton (which I loved).

On the other hand, both parts of the story fit together well and made the novel as a whole work. I liked the hints given throughout, and they way the answers came into play. I liked what I understood of the world building. And I liked the whole picture enough that I still want to continue with the series... though this time I think I’ll start at the beginning.

Grade: B

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Bookwyrm's 5(2) Books in 2010 [View all] , ca.bookwyrm, Sat Jan-02-10 09:22 PM
  1. Urban Shaman (Walker Papers #1), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 06th 2010, #1
2. Hunter's Need, ca.bookwyrm, Feb 06th 2010, #2
3. Sorcery & Cecilia: or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, ca.bookwyrm, Feb 06th 2010, #3
4. Heart's Blood (Blood Magic #2), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 06th 2010, #4
5. Daily Life in Victorian England, ca.bookwyrm, Feb 06th 2010, #5
6. Heart of Ice (e-book, no review), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 23rd 2010, #6
7. Hurts So Good (e-book, no review), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 23rd 2010, #7
8. Silent Night (e-book, no review), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 23rd 2010, #8
9. Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 23rd 2010, #9
RE: 9. Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3), bonnieann, Apr 06th 2010, #18
10. Grace Hammer, ca.bookwyrm, Feb 23rd 2010, #10
11. Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4), ca.bookwyrm, Feb 23rd 2010, #11
12. Mine To Possess (Psy-Changeling #4), ca.bookwyrm, Apr 03rd 2010, #12
13 - 17. Twelve Houses series, ca.bookwyrm, Apr 03rd 2010, #13
18. Sherlock Holmes, ca.bookwyrm, Apr 03rd 2010, #14
19. Broken, ca.bookwyrm, Apr 03rd 2010, #15
20. Crimson & Steam, ca.bookwyrm, Apr 03rd 2010 #16
21. Winter Moon, ca.bookwyrm, Apr 03rd 2010, #17

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