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The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare #1)


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MelHay, July 2, 2013 (view all comments by MelHay)
Emma Bannon might have been a late to save one unregistered mentath, but she was in time to save Archibald Clare. Though they will have to fight sorcery to keep him safe, that's where Emma comes in - a Prime Sorceress. The Queen relies on sorcerers and mentath's to help her run the country. Someone has been killing registered mentath's of the Queens, and now moved on to unregistered ones. Clare does not feel he was fully the focus after the first attack in the presence of Emma. Maybe the focus on sorcery too?

A story with an alternate Victorian Era of elegance, full of crafted magic, touch of steampunk style mystery, and a cunning of Sherlock Holmes creating a memorable and stunning partnership of Emma Bannon and Archibald Clare. I am a magic lover. I also truly enjoy the Victorian Era feel with steam accents. Blend them together and I'm sold! Lilith blows you away with the combination and an intriguing murder mystery.

Each paragraph is compacted with details of every angle. The world grows, the characters grow. The case reveals. Every word is needed to feel the creation here.

I enjoyed the Prelude. Clare and Bannon first meeting as Clare is called to the Queen by Bannon's visit. Ooooo, makes me curious of Clare and his history along with the strong-ness present in Bannon. When danger is afoot for Clare. We learn quick as the story takes off and doesn't slow with the information or action.

I was taken with the term mentath. See, Clare is a mentath. Mentath's are like walking talking calculators and logic analysts. He reads everything from reactions of people to encyclopedias and deduces logical answers. And he's right! But magic throws a wrench in the gears of his thinking process. For any mentath actually. Clare handles the "logic" of magic rather well...but does find an aspect that doesn't compute for him. When this happens, a mentath can be lost in their minds. Emma finds Clare is unexpectedly digesting magic easier than any mentath has, and could use his logic and calculating to find the murderer.

Now we have the magical side of things. Oh, I don't know where to start to describe this best. Emma is a special brand and branch of magic. It is so COOL! to see her at her best (or worst she might thing). The wave of magic that flows through the city each morning. The powers present. Wow. The Queen and the country...WOW! Emma is strong and a protector. yet, she still wonders about her Shield, her protector that fights to protect her as she is one of many valued sorcerers, with his history.

We get to see the thinking and reasoning from both Emma Bannon and Archibald Clare, Sorceress and Mentath. Two completely different takes on things and the world. Magic and Calculating. We get a chapter from both point of views, moving the story and mystery forward at a solid pace.

This book is worth picking up. It's heavy with amazing building and story.
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Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013 (view all comments by Rosalind Reading)
Take steampunk Victorian London, throw together a Sherlock Holmes-esque genius and a tightly strung and stubborn sorceress, then put them to work preventing a plot to raise ancient beings from their slumber and destroy the world as we know it. What do you get? A dashed good time. While the prose at times can be a little clunky, the imaginative world-building and delightful characters compensate the reader in full. If Saintcrow picks up steam as she goes, she'll be one to watch.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Multigenre talent Saintcrow (Angel Town) launches a delicious steampunk alternate London that pays more than a little stylistic homage to Sherlock Holmes, adding additional excitement in the form of magical duels, backstreet chases, battles with giant mecha, and confrontations with ancient wyrms and gryphons. Emma Bannon, a sorceress working for the spirit of Britannia and her current physical vessel, Queen Victrix, is given two tasks: collect and protect Dr. Archibald Clare, an unregistered but skilled mentath (logic genius), and find out who's behind the recent deaths of several mentaths and sorcerers. Bannon slowly begins to trust Clare, and as he uses his significant mental powers to work through the nonmagical pieces of the investigation, they become a strong team based on mutual respect. The absence of romance means a tighter focus on both action and deduction, and keeps the story appropriate for Saintcrow's younger fans. Sensual writing, intricate plotting, and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Saintcrow scores a hit with this terrific Steampunk series that rockets through a Britain-that-wasn't with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time."
"Review" by , "Sensual writing, intricate plotting, and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch."
"Review" by , "Fast paced and full of plot twists, this is a lightweight summer read for fans of Gail Carriger and Meljean Brooks."
"Review" by , "A fast-paced blend of Victorian-era urban fantasy and steampunkish technology."
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