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Review: The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow (Bannon and Clare #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot..

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Leave it to Lili to venture into steampunk and make her first book the most steampunkish I've read this year. She just doesn't do anything by halves.

Unbelievable, meticulous attention to detail. Clockwork horses and altered mechanically, seedy criminals of the underworld, reincarnated Britannia in each queen of England, here be dragons, griffins... and rise and fall of sorcerous forces each dawn and dusk.

The trademark of Miss Saintcrow's writing is still here, - extremely strong main heroine, Emma Bannon, a sorceress and Prime of the most dangerous of magic, Death magic, serving the Queen herself and trying to protect her by any means possible.

Emma crushes and subjugates everything and everyone in her way, she is destructive force of nature, paranoid and afraid that her own warrior-protector, her magical Shield, Mikal, is ready to kill her  and works beside her back.

Archibald Clare is an entirely different matter. He is not an equal partner to Emma and there is certainly no romantic spark between them. He is a mentath, a person whose brain has to find logical connections in everything, even the most minuscule parts. He is like Sherlock Holmes on crack, he will go mad if his brain is not occupied by a complicated task. 

But someone is killing mentaths one by one and taking their body parts, so Emma's task is to protect Archibald and at the same time work with him on uncovering a multi-layered conspiracy which threatens the foundations of British Empire.

It's a fantastic adventure, but it took few chapters for me to get used to the overabundance of detail and pretty rigid main heroine. However, once you warm up to this book, it really gets to you. There is sly humour and well-rounded characters, - Mikal, desperate to gain his sorceress's trust, Clare, curious and analytical about everything, Ludovico, a grubby assassin, who is tasked with Clare's protection and Emma herself, whose true nature shows through her actions towards those she protects, not through her cold and ruthless talk.

I am extremely excited to know more about the world Lili created and looking forward to Emma and Archibald's further adventures. Recommended to all fans of steampunk, especially Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook, and Miss Saintcrow's writing style in general.

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Прекрасный вышел стимпанк с методично выписанными мелочами и красивыми, сумасшедшими деталями. Лили как обычно, очень тщательно поработала над построением мира.

Главная героиня, Эмма, тоже получилась вполне в стиле Сэйнткроу - жёсткая, беспощадная, не сгибающаяся ни под каким давлением и не устапующая ни перед какими препятствиями. Эмма - вошебница-некромантка очень высокого ранга, её боятся, её презирают, и она одна из немногих лояльных слуг Британии, реинкарнированной души монарха страны, которая готова защищать её любыми средствами.

Арчибальд Клэр с другой стороны - это как Шерлок Холмс на амфетаминах. Ментат, чей мозг не способен воспринимать хаос и пытается найти логическое объяснение и цепочки во всём его окружающем, гений и рассеянный чудак. Клэр оказывается под защитой Эммы, так как кто-то убивает ментатов и забирает части их тел из разных районов Лондиниума.

Теперь от Эммы и Арчибальда зависит, раскроют ли они быстро мульти-фасетный заговор против королевы, чтобы остановить разрушение Британской империи или же потерпят неудачу...

Грандиозное приключение, драконы, гриффоны, стимпанковские злодеи и прочие штучки придутся по вкусу любому фанату Лили, стимпанка и особенно серии Мелджин Брук Iron Seas. Ко множеству деталей и сухому юмору писательского стиля не сразу привыкаешь, но через несколько глав чтение идёт как по накатанной! :)



Melliane said...

wow now I can't wait to read this one, I knew it was good but if you like it, I'm sure it will be the same for me. thanks for the review!

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Nice review! I have this in my TBR pile. Mostly because I've read Lili's other books and liked them! Can't wait to find the time to read this one!

Mel said...

Yep - I am going to look closely at this once my buying ban has finished...especially if it's on a par with The Iron Seas! :-)

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

This sounds actually really good! I haven't read any steampunk book so far, but I'm definitely willing to try some! This might be one of the first to try, because I like the characters and the story line. Awesome review!

Unknown said...

This one looks like a winner! I love that you are such a steampunk fanatic, Karina! There's starting to be so much written in this genre, I'm glad I have a connoisseur to weed out the bad from the good:)

Blodeuedd said...

Looks cool! And wohoo for going really steampunk. Some just do not go that far and if it's steam it should be punk

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I am drooling over this, ooh if I am really good and read all of my books, I will get this in December. I love this author, and adore steampunk. Awesome review!

Christina said...

Dude, your review is TOTALLY what I needed right now. I'm about a hundred pages into this one and it hasn't grabbed me. There are moments where I think it's fantastic, but then her description is so elaborate and wordy that I'm thrown out.

I am, however, really loving the lack of any sort of attraction between the main characters (overdone) and when Emma loosens up a little to make eyes at Mikal.

Also, I LOVE the idea of mentaths.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Eep! Eeep! EEEEEP!!! I want this book! I can't tell you what the draw is for me, but I do desperately need it. lol. Thanks for the awesome review.

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