Sunday 7 September 2014

Chronicles Of Steele : Raven by Pauline Creeden Review!

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Title : Chronicles Of Steele : Raven
Author : Pauline Creeden
Published : August 27th 2014

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

My Thoughts : 

Raven is a reaper, not the dead kind but one who assassinates people, and lives bu the reaper code. If you take a life you have to save a life. Raven is trying to redeem herself and is very close to giving up her life as a Reaper. She is on her way to ask the man she loves to marry her when she is nearly knocked down by a steam powered horse. She jumps out of the way but she can see that theyoung boy in the carriage will not survive if she doesn't help him. She leaps to action and manages to save the boy, Darius.

In thanks for saving the boy the Baron of New Haven pleads with her to take Darius to somewhere safe before he is killed. People think Darius is possessed because every so often he has fits and during the fit things explode around him. he was taken to the Bishop to be exorcised but it didn't work and now he will be killed. Raven has no choice but to agree because if she saves this boys life again then she will be even and Just when Raven thinks her life is settling down, she is thrown back into the world she wants to leave. 

Wow, for a fifty something page novella this sure packs a punch! I haven't read many steampunk books but what I have I have enjoyed and this is no different.

Raven was kick ass!! Her father didn't want her to become a reaper but after her mother was killed he agreed to train her. She is at the stage in her life now where she just wants to settle down and maybe have a family with her first love but is drawn back into life on the run. I loved her character and cant wait to learn more about her.

All the characters are extremely well written. Darius is a little cutie, Raven is kick ass and I loved Jack Green and hope we see more of him. Since this is so short we still have so much more to learn about all the characters and I cant wait! 

Pauline Creeden has managed to create a very intriguing world that I definitely want to know more about. For such a small book its an action packed ride and one I devoured. This is the perfect blend of everything rolled into a tiny bundle and I guarantee that once you've tried this edition, you'll be eager for more because I know I am.

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