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Dead Iron (Age of Steam)


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ISBN13: 9780451463968
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emmejo, November 15, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
Cedar Hunt is a werewolf and a hunter of both dangerous animals and people. Mae is a witch, living on the outskirt of town, hoping her husband, a free black, will return alive from his attempt to find work. Rose is an orphan, living with her adoptive parents and hiding her talents for making tiny machines. The Madder Brothers are a trio of miners who are either brilliant or insane, or possibly both. These people will have to band together to save their town when a railway man turns out to be building something more sinister than a trail for the iron horse. He is looking for a way to return to his former immortal status and that will be be a bloody path involving magic and technology unfamiliar to most.

I found this book entertaining but not outstanding. Monk does a good job creating engaging characters, her worldbuilding is weak and often sloppy. One glaring example of this is that all, not just some, of the characters use the same terminology when discussing tech and magic, yet the author stresses the fact that few of them are suppose to have had any education in these subjects beyond self-teaching. What are the chances of them all developing the same vocabulary independently? Very slim, and there isn't even a hand-waving attempt to explain it.

I also got the sense that Monk was trying too hard to make her characters stand out as historical or classically western by altering her narration and her ability to write this style was nowhere near up to the task. I see this a lot with urban fantasy writers when they try to go historical, and she was improving later in the book, so maybe it won't be as noticeable later in the series. Here it feels both choppy and muddled.
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Shelley Bunnell, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Shelley Bunnell)
I absolutely loved this story! Devon is an amazing writer with brilliant vision and imagination. She creates vibrant, exciting characters that you fall for immediately. I felt completely immersed in this world she cleverly crafted. It's all at once a dark, mysterious, funny and romantic paranormal tale set in the age of steam and gears in the old West. A great twist on the ever popular steampunk genre. I call it steampunk with bite. And I suggest you get bitten...and smitten.
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Monk, Devon
Stein, Jeanne C.
Fantasy - General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Fantasy - Contemporary
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
An Anna Strong, Vampire Novel
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Grade Level:
from 12
includes a teaser for CURSED
6.75 x 4.19 in 0.38 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A complex and extraordinary world is brought to life as bestselling author Monk's dips into the steampunk genre in this series debut. In the small town of Hallelujah, Oregon Cedar Hunt earns his way by tracking down beasts and lost items. When a small boy goes missing, Cedar is determined to find him. He enlists the help of the Madder brothers, crazy mountain-men devisers who invent amazing contraptions. In return for their help, Cedar must find the Holder, a mysterious machine that can open the door between this world and that of the Strange, where unearthly creatures roam. The Holder is in the hands of railroad big-wig and all-round evil doer, Shard LeFel, who needs the device to end his earthly torment. Powerful and action packed, Monk's pacing is hypnotic, sending the reader into a Wild West that is as wired as it is weird. Keenly crafted characters and a deftly depicted landscape make this an absolute must read for fans of either Monk or steampunk. "
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One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the worlds resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasnt placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized....

Matilda Case isnt like most folk. In fact, shes unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her fathers experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.

Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity

The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…


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As a vampire, Anna Strong has an immortal life...but now sheand#8217;s running out of time.


Annaand#8217;s relationship with shape-shifter Daniel Frey has given her hope for a future with him and his sonand#151;especially when Frey proposesand#133;


But just when Anna starts to think her life couldnand#8217;t be better, she must fly to France to be at the side of her dying mother. There she learns that not every vampire accepts her Chosen One status. And one such vamp is about to go rogueand#151;by leading his followers in a fight to usurp humanityand#133;

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