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
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.
Tried at a time to listen to this... Wasn't catching me... Sadly about a year later it stuck.. And wow... The kind of story you truly remember... Can taste the dust from the street, want to squish a couple of characters and honestly love more.... So well done... Only wish is they were longer!!!.
I loved the interplay among the street gang and Claire. I loved the way Claire defied her mother without a single confrontation.
The way Claire makes her strength known and takes charge. She is 17 but old enough for marriage but she decides that Is Not for her. She has learned to drive a car and lusts for more knowledge which made her unusual for the times.
When she shot Luke and then didn't realize he was dead. She was an innocent but learned quickly.
I adore the Magnificent Devices series. The first book is a little slow, but all of the characters are introduced, in order to set the scene for the rest of the series. Excellent story of a girl doing anything she must, and realizing she's not as helpless as she thought.
In my personal top 25 out of the hundreds I read each month.
Her decision to take matters into her own hands regardless of the odds against her.
Yes I did . She did a splendid job in her reading of the characters. It was a pleasure to listen to her.
Niether, but rather to pump my 65 yr old fist in the air with a huge grin and a "Right On!"
This book did surprise me. I like the steampunk theme and have only read maybe 6 at the time I saw this one. I was intrigued by the reviews and gave it a chance, with low expectations. However, this was extraordinary in its development of the characters and situations. The author put me right there next to the action as if I was a player in the story as well. The original plot and course the story took was so believable and although the science was odd it was entertaining and well thought out.
I look forward to the next book. Well done I say!! Well Done!
Quirky feminine lead
Lady Claire was young and frustrated by the requirements of society.
When lady Claire decided to get her car back.
Set in late 1800s London, this steampunk adventure follows Claire Trevelyan. Claire’s dad is some minor nobility and inventor. In fact, he puts the family fortune into the development of combustion engine. Sadly, that doesn’t turn out well, and Claire is soon left penniless and on her own.
Have you heard the phrase, ‘Throw me to the wolves and I’ll return leading the pack’? Yeah, that is the kind of awesomeness Claire embodies. She was always a bit of a chemistry and engineering nerd, blowing stuff up in the family laboratory. But she also had all her comforts met, food on her plate, servants, etc. When her father lost the estate and Claire was forced out on her own, that is when her inner strength shows. I really enjoyed this character.
Claire falls in with a group of young street ruffians. A sort of agreement is met between the two parties. Claire will provide some education (on how t behave in society but also how to make small flash-bangs) and the street urchins will give her a safe place to build a lab and sleep. All sorts of entertaining misunderstandings and embarrassing situations arise as Claire bumps into old associates with her new friends in tow.
This book was highly entertaining for the steampunk aspect, Claire’s cutting remarks, the street urchins pondering over a lady scientist, and the challenges of going against London society. There’s plenty here for the reader to enjoy. I am very glad that there are several more books in this series.
The Narration: Fiona Hardingham was an excellent choice for the voice of Claire. She does a great job at both the high society London accent and the street urchin accent. She had a range of voices for both males and females.
I don't read a great deal of Steampunk but like the genre. I must say this story went in a different direction than I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Happily moving on to book two.
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do not know but the audio verision keep me riveted, could not wait to get back to it when I had to stop. The second book is even better since all the charactors have filled out as it moves along
This is for me a stand alone type of story, have not read anything like this before, like it.
Do not wish to say more because I do not wish to ruin it for the next reader
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