A steampunk adventure with a serial killer, romance, and a few broken hearts.
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861: Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight-inch-long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty's Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she - somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti's Heart, a fist-sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.
Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.
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It was an exciting steam punk adventurure, a murder mystery and a love story all wrapped into one--WITH an Egyption twist? What more could you ask for?! Witty characters which exploded into life thanks to this extra cool reader. Gonna go straight to the next one in series. Never seen this author before but Lovin her (or is it him?) so far!
I've been listening to audiobooks fo 30 years so that is a little hard to say, but I will say it kept my interest.
Cara, she's a spunky nonconformist, with a traumatic past to overcome. The last book I listened to had a female character who didn't do anything without her husband's permission, (ugh!, I returned it). So it was nice to encounter a pistol packing heroine who had her own mind.
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An Egyptian artifact, a serial killer who wants it, and an unconventional romance, all set in an alternate Victorian England.
First off, the steampunk is only window dressing. The modern vernacular could be off putting at times, but I was able to ignore it for the most part. The serial killer denoument is predictable. The characters should have had more development. All that said, I thought it was a fun, quick listen. Not great, but I will continue the series. Story 3.5.
The artifact plotline is a distant second to the personal plotline, and that's for the best. This book is about a rape survivor falling in love and learning to be safe in her body. On that count, this book is AWESOME. The sex scenes are explicit and plentiful in a way that I felt detracted from the story, but it may be a bonus for other readers. However. The fact that Exley decided to make this a steampunk novel set in Victorian England was a poor choice. All steampunk fiction requires a strong stomach for anachronism, but I spent so much time cringing at the ultra modern and non-British references that I nearly had to stop listening. It was really jarring, and made it hard to get into the story. The artifact plotline could have been excellent, if Exley spent more time developing it. It serves its purpose as a catalyst for the love story, but is otherwise superfluous. I think this novel would be spectacular under the firm hand of an editor. The artifact plotline needs to be developed, and every single page needs a Victorian makeover. As thrilled as I was to see a rape survivor's story told with so much compassion and care, the sloppy disregard for period and genre, and lack of development of the action plot were really irritating and made this a hard listen. I won't be reading anything else from Exley.
I have both the e-version and the audible, the reader makes the story if there is a story from the start. Here you have both! A.W.Exley is and amazing writer and Gemma Dawson is an amazing story teller!
A.W.E.... Now isn't that just apropos when you read it like that .. A . W . Exley has opened an AWE-some and mysteriously wonderful world with the Artifact Hunters series. I love the character building and the world building of this writer. The story is enjoyable and exciting with characters you love to love and love to hate and a tale that will totally keep you engaged throughout the entire tale!
Gemma Dawson brings a reading style that makes the listener crave more! I love listening to storytellers that bring you into a story as if you are standing in the "story-world" itself! Ms. Dawson does this and I look forward to listening to more work from her.
Nefertiti's Heart is an exciting and fun trip into the steampunk world of magic mechanicals and mayhem. There are so many instances when the heart rate rises or you feel the pangs of heart ache that you can't help but be engaged throughout the entire tale!
I totally look forward to more from both A.W. Exley and Gemma Dawson in the future! They are truly well matched when it comes to story writing and story telling and all I can say is ... They are MAGIC!
I love, love, love this book! The story has intrigue, suspense, adventure and sweet but passionate love. A. W. Exley captured the essence of life in England during the 1800 hundreds and Gemma Dawson narrated the book to perfection, giving life to the characters. I can't wait to read the next book.
Ever since Fifty Shades everyone has to have a go at it... This was all soft pawn and nothing else. I wanted some steam punk and bit of mystery not what I got. The narration was good, I expect the storyline may even be good if you took all the pawn out. I won't be buying the rest I can't stomach the tripe.
Inexpensive book with a good story line. I am hoping the next books have more action and less about the emotion growth of the main character but it sets up the series to become even better.
Exley did a wonderful job bringing Cara's fierce spirit and undaunting courage to her readers. As this is the first book in the series I am intrigued to read the rest and see what adventures await and love bloom between Cara and Nate. They certainly have chemistry ablazing and I love how smitten Nate is with her.
Gemma is fantastic narrating. It is really easy to imagine the events with her smooth intricate dictation as the story unfolds. Very enjoyable ☺
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