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Steam and Sorcery | [Cindy Spencer Pape]

Steam and Sorcery

Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess....
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Publisher's Summary

Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.

Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor, but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she's ever met—and out of reach for a mere governess.

When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces, and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery....

©2011 Cindy Spencer Pape (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Lessa 07-11-12
    Lessa 07-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "overall a very light, enjoyable read"
    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer - the author is primarily a romance writer, so there's some predictability here, the occasional mild ick factor, and several explicit sex scenes. But overall a very light, enjoyable read with characters to care about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget Peabody, MA, United States 12-19-11
    Bridget Peabody, MA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good way to get through a workday"

    I enjoyed the story itself, though I could have handled less information about the children's lessons and mealtimes in return for more magic and adventure, though the chemistry between the hero and heroine was sizzilng. The narrator gave a solid performance, though her male voices sounded a little too growly for my taste. All in all, a pleasant listen during the workday.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chitownmarcie CHICAGO, IL United States 02-07-13
    Chitownmarcie CHICAGO, IL United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2009

    Chitownmarcie Montrose, Colorado I do not know why it says Chicago I moved to Montrose in 2010

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    "light read"
    What did you love best about Steam and Sorcery?

    no pretty vampires


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    a good week-end book


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good light read. NOT a hard core steampunck book, just a good book to have on in the background while doing the laundry, or house work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 11-29-11
    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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    "Good Story . . . Great Steam Punk"

    This story flows well, the characters are well developed, and it moves well. The narrator has the appropriate accent and while it gets a bit breathy in spots, it is well read. Loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Bellevue, WA United States 03-31-11
    Jo Bellevue, WA United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Victorian steampunk at its best! More, please..."

    This delightful romp in Victorian England has it all: engaging characters, page-turning plot, and lots of sizzle. I hope a sequel is in the works, featuring more adventures with Merrick, Caroline, and the gifted chidren. The narrator made the story come alive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-04-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Steamy steampunk romance."

    This book has more romance than steampunk but overall I liked it. Not a book I have to buy the next one and read it immediately type but overall a feel good type. This is a version Jane Eyre never dreamed of and of course the male hero is not married which is all the better. I liked all the characters, and there is a quite a lot of characters in the story. The story was smooth and flowed well. I wish there could have been more action involved but overall I enjoyed the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-06-12
    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.

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    "Steamy but without much magic..."
    Would you try another book from Cindy Spencer Pape and/or Helen Stern?

    I don't think I would buy another of Pape's book. I was hoping for more steampunk and magic versus passion and graphic descriptions of people having sex. I do like Helen Stern as a narrator but the poor plot ruined it for me.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cindy Spencer Pape before, how does this one compare?

    I have never listened to another of her books, and after this... I probably never will again. The story didn't involve much steampunk or magic but rather more primal instinct. The only real detailed segments were when the two protagonists were about to make love or during. It was annoying to have their relationship be pushed to the forefront over everything else.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene where the children help Merrick defeat the vampires. Essentially all the scenes where the story focuses on the children and their abilities. For me, the interest in Caroline and Merrick was secondary to the children's antics.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the twist Pape gave to the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table and how Merrick was a descendent of the Knights.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Hendershott Cabot, AR United States 02-27-12
    Ron Hendershott Cabot, AR United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not bad for a Rommance, weak plot, little detail"
    What would have made Steam and Sorcery better?

    More detail and depth, especially in the Tech & fantasy areas.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cindy Spencer Pape again?

    No


    What three words best describe Helen Stern’s voice?

    Verry Verry Good


    Any additional comments?

    Character development was good, but little background on the enviroment, social structue, technology and fantasy mechanics. It made the story feel weak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget 12-19-11
    Bridget 12-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good way to get through a workday"

    I enjoyed the story itself, though I could have handled less information about the children's lessons and mealtimes in return for more magic and adventure, though the chemistry between the hero and heroine was sizzilng. The narrator gave a solid performance, though her male voices sounded a little too growly for my taste. All in all, a pleasant listen during the workday.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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