I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Raven by Pauline Creeden
Series: Chronicles of Steele #1.1
Source: the author
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Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.
Let’s just start off by saying that this book is FREE! For one day only! So if you’re actually reading this on August 27th, the book’s official release date, then click on the purchase link above and snag yourself a copy! Each of the episodes will be free for one day each, on their release dates. If you aren’t so lucky, and you’re reading this after that date, that’s okay. The episode is only .99 regular price and most definitely worth it.
I have been a fan of Pauline’s for a while now. She doesn’t stay within the boundaries of one single genre, ranging from inspirational, to sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and my favorite, steampunk. No matter the genre, I know that her writing will always be solid and exciting, and her characters pop! The first episode in The Chronicles of Steele is no exception.
Steampunk is a really complex genre. It brings in aspects of historical fiction, but still requires a huge amount of world building. The technology needs to have very specific rules to how it will work, in order for it to be believable. Pauline has an amazingly complex set of rules, but she also introduces a character with a unique way of interacting with technology as well. Raven Steele is absolutely intriguing, and I’m frustrated that I have to wait for the next installment to have more!
In case you haven’t figured it out, this is a serial. There are some serious perks to reading a book in serial format. First off, they’re quick reads, so you can’t use the excuse that you don’t have time to read! You can fit them in between dropping kids off at school and your second coffee break. It also makes it easier for the author to get each episode to you quickly. The episodes will be released soon after each other, so I won’t have to wait another year for the next part of the story. Yessss! Now, the downside? I have only had the briefest of tastes to this great story, and I will spend the next month dreaming of Raven Steele. One episode is the equivalent of licking the icing off the top of a cupcake. Such a tease!