Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 6 hours and 44 minutes (288 pages)
Publisher: Shelley Bates
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Magnificent Devices series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Escaped lunatics, lost children, vengeful lords, and love. Really, the situation is becoming quite impossible. Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist employer worldwide fame, and keeping her mother from marrying her off, she can almost forget that a powerful lord wants to get closer… and if he succeeds, can destroy it all with a single word…”
This was a wonderful continuation of the Magnificent Devices series. I have been listening to these books on audiobook and really enjoy them.
I really enjoy the characters, alternate history, and story in these books. Lady Claire is a wonderful heroine and I love reading about her struggles to become her own woman and defend her inventions in this very male dominated Victorian era.
I also enjoy all the orphan children Lady Claire has taken under her wing. They are all entertaining and very solid characters with a lot of depth. I love how this heroine is portrayed as independent and intelligent, but still has a very caring side to her as well.
I am excited to accompany Lady Claire on more of her adventures and curious to see what happens with the invention created in this second book.
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, it was a wonderful steampunk read. I am really looking forward to future books. I would recommend to steampunk fans who enjoy a strong heroine, adventures, and crazy contraptions.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– Audiobook Reading Challenge
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
– Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
– Steampunk Reading Challenge
– YA Reading Challenge