Book 3 in the Magnificent Devices series!
An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive. With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the Americas, too, with Andrew Malvern closing in on him - and the wonderful device he stole. But when a storm cripples the airship and air pirates swoop in like carrion birds, Claire and the children must live by their wits to make their way across a harsh landscape. Will Andrew ever see her again and right the wrong he believes he has done? Will Lord James succeed in his monumental thievery? And how exactly does Rosie the chicken evade the soup pot?
Tighten your goggles, pull on your gloves, and prepare yourself for stratagems and strangeness in the third book in the series, Magnificent Devices!
©2012 Shelley Adina Bates (P)2014 Moonshell Books, Inc.
I loved the first book, I had some grievances with the second being a tad on the "more complicated than necessary for plot convenience". But with book 3 - Magnificent Devices the problem becomes evident. Its simply too long for its own good.
The author wants to extend upon the story (something I always like when I enjoyed the book), but the approach is wrong. Reactions doesn't match with how the main character has been established earlier, common wisdom is ignored and the whole premise of being "the lady of devices" is entirely lost and barely mentioned.
A large portion of the book is completely decent and appears to be leading up to some of the good stuff we had in book 1 and a little in book 2, however it becomes increasingly more evident as the story goes on (I was several hours in before irritation truly began) that we are not to see Claire Trevelyan step into focus. Its a truly an odd thing when a book that one enjoys frustrates, because you are clearly frustrated due to connecting with the book - so does that make it a bad book? No - you might wish for circumstances to be different, but thats how they are and your beloved main cast just has to deal with it - the trouble starts when the reason you are frustrated and annoyed isn't due to the environment around the characters, but instead is due to illogical actions which given the two previous books makes little to no sense.
Slight Spoilers for the two previous books may follow, however nothing should be spoiled not mentioned in the short publishers summary for this book.
Why would Claire be scared of mechanics? How come she utterly forgets about her own devices even when she is in a situation with plenty of options to utilize her skill-sets. Why does a thin wall vary from being easy to talk through to soundproof leading to some of the major plot decisions? It would be such easy things to fix and yet keep the primary plot in place. I have no gripes with Claire traveling nor do I mind that she left to escape James - but what I do mind is the way the reader is expected to believe that Lord James, who is in disgrace in England, who is out of funds and who have in the eyes of the British society turned traitor is still to be believed a candidate her mother would want her to marry?
And yes, one might also just be a tad tired of Rosie. A chicken who appears to be more valuable than human life in this book and a repeated source for filler and mishap where none should be required if they acted more like the survivors they are supposed to be.
At the end I couldn't take it anymore and as such I skipped quickly through the last two hours of the book and I won't be buying any new sequels, unless something really improves (I'll be following the reviews closely as I am truly wishing for a return of the "lady"). This is the first audio book and the third of hundreds of books I read, that I've been unable to finish properly.
Here is the hope that the Lady of Devices will return - if she does: give this a miss and read whatever comes next.
This book takes the series on a downhill slope. An Amazon reviewer compared the story to the Perils of Pauline. I think the metaphor is a good one. If you are on the borderline with this series, skip this installment. Hopefully, the next one will be better.
For the Audible edition, the accent of the male Texican characters is awful. For some reason, it seems that the producers decided to increase the volume any time a Texican spoke. Folks - making it louder won't make it better.
I have enjoyed this narrator is the past. Her tone is easy to listen to and her English accent is lovely.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
I didn't read the print edition. The audio was well done in general. The narrator is pleasant and a good story teller. I beg the producers to edit any further ones more carefully. There were several mispronunciations in all the books. So jarring in what was otherwise so pleasant and compelling. Please, reinvest in editing/proofing/quality control. Please.
Probably, I confess I want to see what happens. Fun stories and characters. But again, a few jarring errors in usage. Please, get a good editor for the next one and (and listen to her).
Mostly. Occasionally I didn't know who was talking at first and Sir James's voice was a bit inconsistent. Overall I love her style and pace and delivery of dialog.
This series is fun and enjoyable and I definitely wanted to see what would happen next. I binge-listened the whole series so far, 3 books, in as many days. I have a real editor's brain. The blips that jar me probably wouldn't bother 95% of readers, so take my concerns about those things in that context. If book four were already available, I would listen to it right away. If/when it comes out I probably will listen to it. However, if the QC on that is not better, I will probably stop there.
I enjoyed the first two novels by Adina very much! Excellent story and excellent performance (I always love a good English accent!) Imagine my shock when the performance of this third novel was terrible. Somehow, Fiona got into the practice of pausing, actually stopping for a moment, right in the middle of a sentence or a phrase, or a thought. She did this over and over again, with it getting worse as the story progressed. By the end it was awful. Didn't the editor see this? I'm sure it could have been corrected early on, if someone had been reviewing her efforts from the start. Anyway, I cannot even tell if the story was any good, because the performance was so annoying. I think it should be redone. Really, I do. I've been listening to books for years, and this is the first negative review I have done. Just really felt compelled - it was that bad.
The others were excellent. This was terrible.
Not without it being very clear that she has learned from her mistakes and given up this very bad habit.
I can't say enough about the books in this series thus far. The adventures are imaginative and the lead character is amazingly brilliant. My only.. And I mean only issue with this series is that it isn't finished on audiobook. I want to know what happens next, and to be honest I've never been to good at a regular book.
I didn't know how Shelley Adina could top the first two novels of this series, but indeed she has! I was on the edge of my seat all throughout this wonderful book! I am immediately going to get book four now!! What an amazing author!!!
I am enjoying the steam punk genre in books. I have enjoyed this author's books very much. This book would be appropriate for young adults. I'm an older adult and enjoyed it! The main character is spunky, compassionate, smart and has interesting adventures. I love the kids in it too. The The reader does a wonderful job with the various accents. this has been an enjoyable read for me to listen to.
I have been flying (please disregard the pun) through this series. I began book 1 three days ago and I am about to start book 4. I'm truly sorry that Audible does not have the next 3.
The plot has many turns and twists. Just when everything is going great for Claire and the kids, something unexpected happens.
I love the voices she uses for the children and the Lords and Ladies. The voices range from sophisticated to street talk. I have to admit, I did NOT like her Texican accents. A little too over the top.
The book is a fantasy, but just barely - it is easy to follow the concepts the author has laid out, regarding combustion vs steam powered vehicles. This is the third book in the series - I would recommend starting with the first one. It is also delightful.
With characters named Tig, the Mopsies and all the Lords and Ladies various titles, it is so hard to pick a favorite. But I think Alice wins because she is an Annie Oakley Engineer. Such a great idea.
Jake - a young teen from Scotland! But with so many accents, dialects and personalities to pull off, she did a masterful job. I have enjoyed all three of her readings of the Lady of Devices books. I have gone on to read the others not yet available from Audible, and can hear her voices in my reading.
I was angry (I know- it's a book) with Claire (I know - she's fictional), when she tried to come up with a plan to save the man she loves. My anger was momentary and things progressed in spite of my feelings. I am happy with the outcome.
There was absolutely no way to end the story with the end of this book. I would be in agony if I was waiting for the next book in the series to be released. Since it was available I have happily continued the story.
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
This book is as fast paced, surprising and fun as the first two books! Trying to listen to another book by a different author, after listening to the third book, is boring. (Only 3 books are on audio as i write this.) This really spoils me for other books for awhile. The alternate reality remains fun, from both a technology and a historical point of view, but the story is not about the alternate steampunk reality, but about good and bad people making decisions, which seem right (well to a young person) but lead to remarkable consequences, and very plausible escapes. Sure a few things can be seen coming, but more often than not, there is a twist to surprise and amuse. While it still seems a little short, there is no doubt there is enough action and twists to fill two books each twice this size, but a bigger book might not be as much FUN! (PS. and I certainly had no complaints about accents. Let's just leave this at alternate reality, and indeed accents can change depending on who won which wars, or which wars didn't happen, Just go with the flow and enjoy the ride.)
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