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Steampunk Fantasy Review: Engraved by Karina Cooper

Engraved by Karina Cooper (The St. Croix Chronicles #5)


Egalley thanks to Carina Press

Synopsis from Goodreads
Cherry St. Croix returns to the fog-ridden streets of Victorian London, where the balance of power threatens all that she loves.

I will not wither without laudanum. Sober and determined, I have chosen another way— alchemy, and the pursuit of wellness it embodies. My name is Cherry St. Croix, and though freedom is finally at my fingertips, I return to the blackened streets intent on righting the wrongs I'd left behind.

All is not well in London low. Caught in a war between gangs, men are torn limb from limb, and I am called on to ascertain how. The immoral Karakash Veil is no doubt involved, and Micajah Hawke, a prisoner in his own Menagerie, cannot soften the danger this time.

Armed with the alchemical arts I have learned, my ever present guardian, and what few friends are left to me, I embark on a campaign to rescue the ringmaster I cannot abandon, save the Brick Street Bakers from annihilation, and finally face that which frightens me the most—my own heart.

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8/10

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I admit I am prejudiced about anything concerning this series, so my rating is a tad higher than it could have been, but I can't help it. I enjoy it way too much!


This time Cherry is coming back to London determined to take on the Karakash Veil and help the friends she left behind when Ashmore took her away to his estate to get clean from her years of drug abuse.

All I'm saying, get ready for a lot of action. A LOT. It's pretty much non-stop and it gets confusing  because sometimes Cherry's trail of thoughts doesn't make sense. She goes back and forth between running to Menagerie and running from the Veil, and consequences be damned. I couldn't understand why she was doing half of what she was doing, but I enjoyed the process because of Micajah Hawke. 

Yep, there is  a lot of delicious, dangerous and deranged Hawke, and while we still don't know what's wrong with the guy, the sex is hot.  *yes, I am shallow, deal with it*

What I always loved about Karina Cooper's writing is that it's crazily atmospheric.  You get into it: the smells, the sweat and heat of the circus, the bloodthirsty crowds, the incredible tension between Cherry and Hawke. This is what forces me to come back to Miss St. Croix's adventures again and again.

While even sober Cherry is too hectic for my liking, I still recommend this series to the fans of steampunk and urban fantasy because it's a strong mixture of both. I'm a bit disappointed that Ashmore is wasted in Engraved as a character, but I hope he'll have a stronger role in the next book. The ending in this book is also too abrupt for my liking, but this is an unfortunate trend in publishing these days. All in all, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

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Мне кажется, я не могу быть объективной по отношению к этой серии, так как  уж очень мне нравится Черри Сент Круа! Да-да, у неё большие тараканы в голове с опиумом и без опиума, однако автор создаёт настолько атмосферные книги, что я поневоле постоянно завышаю свою оценку каждому из романов.

Вот и в этот раз готовьтесь к огромному количеству экшна. Он не останавливается ни на секунду, и по большей части действия Черри не несут в себе никакого смысла. Она метается между попытками проникнуть в Менажерию Каракашской Ваули и бегством с её территории, так как за её голову назначена награда.

А ещё здесь много таинственного, опасного, ненормального и вкуснейшего Микажди Хоука, который разздразнивал наш аппетит на протяжение предыдущих четырёх книг. Напряжение между ним и Черри просто зашкаливает, и редкие интимные сцены  у них выходят просто шикарные.

С другой стороны, я была разочарована, что мы так и не поняли кто такой, собственно говоря, Хоук, откуда у него взялась его магия, и почему им так интересуется Вуаль. Я также не могла понять почему Купер не использовала такой интересный характер как алхимик Ашмор, опекун Черри.

В общем, неплохо написано, я люблю эту серию и рекомендую всем поклонникам стимпанка и городского фэнтези, так как это сильная репрезентация обоих жанров, однако она могла бы быть и лучше.

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