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on March 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk
Source: the author
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A sabotaged airship.
A recovering opium addict.
A messenger with life-shattering news.
With the 1824 British airship qualifying race only weeks away, Lily Stargazer is at the top of her game. She’s racing like a pro, truly in love, and living clean. But on one ill-omened day, everything changes.
Pulled head-long into the ancient secrets of the realm, Lily soon finds herself embroiled in Celtic mysteries and fairy lore. And she’s not quite sure how she got there, or even if she wants to be involved. But Lily soon finds herself chasing the spirit of the realm while putting her own ghosts to rest. And only accepting the truth--about her heart and her country--can save her.
*Due to steamy scenes and depictions of drug use, this novel is intended for mature readers.
So. Many. Feels. I can’t decide if I love or hate Melanie right now. Oh, who am I kidding?! Of course I love her! Without her, I wouldn’t have had that cleansing mental breakdown. I feel much better now. 😉
Melanie Karsak has proven once again why this series will stand out among all of the other books I read this year. They are absolutely, 100% unforgettable. After such a strong first book, I wasn’t sure if she would be able to repeat the magic, but if anything, she doubled it. Whereas the first book was simply glorious, the second book is both glorious and emotional. I freely gave Melanie my heart the first go around, so now it is so easy for her to toy with it mercilessly. *Don’t squeeze it so tight, Melanie!* 😉
Lily continues to be one of the most exquisite and passionate protagonists I have ever had the pleasure of connecting with. When we last saw her, she was moving on with her life. She had made some important decisions about her love life, and about her health. She had made breakthroughs about where she was coming from, and where she was headed. Then the unexpected happens, and Lily is no longer in control. This is the point where the book takes a sharp turn into a whole new direction.
What makes this series believable (I’m totally buying stocks in the existence of fairies!) is the amount of research that has gone into it. I can’t even begin to guess the number of hours Melanie has spent digging through history, folklore or speculative technology. That kind of dedication comes across through her writing, and makes for a smoother trip through the opium and absinthe haze. Can’t wait for the sequel! I may or may not begin Melanie’s daily harassment in the hopes that it will quicken the book’s progress.
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