Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Of Brass and Magic by A.L. Kessler

Title: Of Brass and Magic
Author: A.L. Kessler
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Steampunk
Length: Two Short Stories
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1 (non-romance)

New Editions of A.L. Kessler's two steampunk short stories!

Of Souls and Steam:

Dead bodies, metal giants, and magic are a typical day for Maryanne Jennings. Specializing in strange and unusual cases, it's her job to figure out what could be causing the mayhem in her city.

Of Fate and Gears:

Felisa has no choice but to act as the being humans call Fate. It was herpunishment for escaping her death as a human. With the help of a mechanical fairy, Felisa has to guide a thief named Luke to his own fate to free herself.

**originally published in Penny Dread Tales 3 and 4, if you enjoy these stories, please consider checking out the full anthologies**
Two really fun steampunk stories.  Short stories can be a little hard - sometimes they just aren't long enough to get a full story into them.  Both of these balanced the length with the plot very well.  We had all the important parts and you still really fell into the story and got to enjoy it before it was all over.

In the first story Of Souls and Steam, we have a bit of a mystery/suspense theme.  Maryanne is out to find who is killing people when an even more intriguing thing literally walks (or stomps destructively) right past her.  Her investigation takes some very interesting turns and was really fun.

The second story, Of Fate and Gears,  was my favorite of the two.  Felisa works as fate, marking people for death to find.  But this case is different.  Not only can he see her, but his fate is completely unclear.  Their story is also full of surprises and just a bit of romantic element at times - but not what you would expect in an actual romance. The fates and how they worked was also a fun little addition and something I hadn't expected.

These are both fantastic reads for lovers of paranormal or steampunk.

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