London, 1889: Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin's son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.
At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...
When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his...if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals....
©2011 Shelley Adina (P)2013 Shelley Adina
What a fun, light story! I completely enjoyed this Steampunk adventure! The cast of characters was very interesting and I was quickly caught up in the story. Fiona Hardingham did an outstanding job as narrator. I hope to see more of this series on Audible soon!
It's difficult to find good family entertainment that is clean, creative and well written. I have found all three in The Lady. I sincerely hope the series continues in that vein.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
5 stars excellent.
4 stars good.
3 stars OK.
__________________________________________________ Exceedingly long character and plot development and little to pull one in to the story until about ⅔'s of the way thru the listen. This statement probably represents my personal preference for action. If you like English class stories and you like Steampunk I think you'll like the first and second books in this series (which is all I've listened to at this point. The author and narrator are both very good. 😱
Nerdgirl who loves to read and listen during a nasty 2 hour daily commute. Mostly listen to intelligent stories to escape road rage - love s
The description of the story was misleading. It was more a description of the series I believe. Regardless the book was quite entertaining. I occasionally read from the steampunk genre but not often. This book had action and adventure and good characters. I confess that Willy and Andrew stole my heart. The pace of the book was a little strange. It seemed to rise in jagged peaks rather than build slowly to the climax. Slightly off-putting but not bad for the first book in the series. The world building was minimal compared to other books I have read. The narrator was fantastic. One of the best I have heard and that is saying something as I have hundreds of audiobooks. I will purchase the next in the series as I want to know of Claire's further devices and of her story. Solid start and recommended if you enjoy steampunk genre.
if she actually did what the review describes. a goody two shoes girl becomes crime lord? and doesn't change into the crime lord to me it was. "I can make cool/intresting stuff. but how dare you track mud in and ill get the bed time story ready shortly" so if she made the hard decisions and had comrades that gave the impression of not just being a golden hearted with a little soot covering it ect. (I thought she was like 12ish for a good part of the book)
This is my first Steampunk, and Shelley Adina has me hooked! Loved the book and can't wait to find out what happens next. The narrator is absolutely perfect for these characters. I was right there with them! I highly recommending listening. In fact, it might even be better than reading on my Kindle.
Inventions are marvelous.
This one is short. She crawls into an known laboratory, scrambles out and back to the inhabitation of her possessions, then through that science gained with manhy failed experimentation, or despite the failures in "home chemistry", she accomplishes the unbelievable. Lady Claire manages not only to stand up for herself against many other with more worldly understandings, but also to regain her possessions in total!
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Even with his eyes burning from the capsules, Willie's instant kinship with Lady Claire is quite touching.
It's like survivors guilt in one breath. I feel, as often I do, that I must suffer the incorporation of others misfortunes, because I have not personnaly experienced them. I feel that I must pay for whiteness, for anglo-ness, and for the every ounce of me that has strived and succeeded for everything that I have acquired as a woman, when so many, past and present do not have even the slightest bit of my opportunity, because I am a white, anglo, 21st century female. It all sucks. I hate what people suffer today and certainly what people have suffered in my stead previously so that I might break the cycle and break the ceiling.
If I provide no bit of anything (double negative intended...), I would like to say that I, as do many, take a female's rights and role in society for granted at times. I'm not a staunch feminist, because I believe that the only way to kill the investation of stupidity is to constantly widdle away at its incessant nature.
We go along and make plans and have dreams and nearly succeed as well as any male. Not so long ago, certainly, even in the last 50 years, we would not have had that opportunity. Our parents would have had much more hold over our dreams and ambitions, overwritten even then, by our "husbands" perception of our role(s) in society. Being a woman of science, of STEM, of programming and any type of accomplishment for which I endeavor, regardless of the glass ceiling that still exists, I can say firmly that this was a frustrating listen.
I read the UK reviews. I admit that I am not fully familiar with the various accents of the various areas. I'm sure some of them are hard to recreate without a leaning toward stereotyping one group or another... In most cases, one class or another... However, with the exception of McTavish, which certainly should have had a leaning toward, at the very least, an approximation of someone from up in the Wooler or New Castle areas (The Gaelic name Mac Tamhais is pronounced similarly to 'MacTavis' or 'MacTavish' (the "mh" in Gaelic pronounced as the "v"), the rest of it seems reasonable for lower-end... lower-class, cockney London... However, I am very much at a loss to having a realistic understanding of the various dialects of the country, regardless of how close I might stand in heritage to its origins...
I rarely concede to give a book four stars. However, I'm so impressed, not only with the story but equally with the narrator. This story has no boring moments. It moves at a good pace and will keep your interest by moving so quickly from one excitement to another. If you take a chance on a new novel, I highly recommend that you choose this one! You won't be disappointed. I read it from beginning to end in one day. I just couldn't find a good place to pause. The narrator is to be commended! I will look for her narration in other books.
An interesting tale, but at this time the author didn't really do much for the "why you should care" about my characters. I wasn't vested at first but since I was listening in the car and didn't want to listen to the radio, kept going. the middle to the end is where the book grabbed me and kept me interested. I'm hopeful that the next book will be more engaging.
I did enjoy the narrator very much and would be interested in listening to some of her other work.
Thomas Le Min
This is an engaging story that takes a totally new approach to the steampunk genre by setting it amongst the trials of a debutante whose family has suffered a catastrophe. Fiona Hardingham does a terrific job narrating this story and handling the variety of voices, both male and female, and running the full range from beggar to posh. Her narration added considerably to my enjoyment in listening to this tale, and I look forward to listening to other books In this series,mass well as by the author and the narrator.
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