Sunday, September 20, 2015

ETHER & ELEPHANTS by Cindy Spencer Pape


Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: Jul 20, 2015
ISBN: 9781459290259
Romance, Steampunk
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 5

In this, the final Gaslight Chronicles novel, (at least for now), Sir Thomas Devere and the Honorable Miss Eleanor Hadrian are thrown together and forced to face up to the love they’ve had for each other for many years, and the different directions their choices, both good and bad, have led them. All this while dealing with missing children, a deadly alchemist, and the chance of evil taking over the known world.

Well, Cindy Spencer Pape has done it again. Another 83000-word book that grabbed me at page one such that I didn’t stop reading until it was finished eight hundred pages later. (Oops, sorry honey. You’re home already? I’m sure there’s something we can eat in the frig.)

All these characters are so alive, so vivacious, so completely three-dimensional. Ms. Pape truly has a gift for sketching in personalities with a few clever words here and there, until the reader feels like these are people she’s known for many years in real life. I also absolutely enjoy the author’s witty, understated, and slightly sarcastic humor that lifts the action scenes as well as the dialogue. There are several laugh-out-loud lines that ought to come with a “do not drink while reading” warning.
The plot was designed so various other members from the Hadrian family reappeared at times in the story, and it was great to catch up on how their lives were going as well. This is a large and varied extended family, and every one of the former heroes and heroines remains painted brightly in my memory. I loved revisiting them even just briefly.

The only faults I found with the book were minor, and due to the publisher rather than the author. There was a name change of a minor character which the proofreader should have picked up. Also the first paragraph of the “about the author” page is about the wrong author. Finally, I really don’t like Carina Press’ style of having POV changes mid-scene without line breaks. I find it disconcerting, and I’m sure other readers do as well.

This book was a wonderful way to spend a day. Fast paced, bright, filled with engaging characters, action, adventure and romance in a cleverly built steampunk world. A must read.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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