Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)
Published: 28th October, 2014
This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are 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.
What I liked: I love how steampunk and fantasy was woven together to help create this world that we explore with Raven as she does her best to redeem the lives she took in the past by saving others. I love how the Reapers have their own code that they follow to be the best that they can and still be human while not becoming too used to killing and having no remorse for it. Raven really took that to heart and was doing her best to save a life for every life she’s taken so she can live a normal life. She’s a tough character who could fight incredibly well, better than most men except for her fellow Reapers. This a book that is mostly fast paced in a way that works with an ending that didn’t feel rushed. All the side characters were interesting and I found Monroe and Darius to be fun. I loved the writing and the writing was what managed to keep me engaged for most of the book.
What I didn’t like: I wasn’t on board with the romance, it just didn’t feel right. Raven was supposedly in love with one guy for years. Something like that doesn’t change very easily at all, I imagined she’d be heartbroken for a while and it takes a lot for someone who was waiting so long just to be with that one person to be romantically involved with another person days later. It just felt…superficial. The beginning was also a tad slow but it didn’t remain that way for long.
Overall Review: While lighter on the steampunk than I imagined it would be, this novel is well paced with each episode ending a little cliffhanger that makes you want to read more. The descriptions and characters are interesting and each episode stopped right where it needed to so the reader whole want to read the next episode to fin out what happens. I loved finding out about the Wood Witches and what was happening to Darius. I can’t wait to see what happens in his book!
Recommend?: If you haven’t read steampunk, or have reservations about it you should totally pick this one up! It’s light on it but the world and the way it’s intertwined is well done!
My Rating: 4.3/5