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In a world where the British nobility comes to power because they have magical abilities, the American Revolution of 1776 never got beyond a few angry protests to Parliament. The colonists didn' t stand a chance against a ruling class with that much power. Now it's 1888, and an underground society of mechanics, scientists, and engineers is developing nonmagical sources of power via steam engines and electric dynamos that they hope will put them on an even - or superior - footing so they can overthrow the magical rulers and gain freedom and independence for the American colonies.

When Verity Newton comes to New York City to serve as young governess to one of the leading magical families, she accidentally befriends several rebel mechanics. They recruit her as the perfect spy to gain inside information on the magister class in a magical Gilded Age New York. Even though Verity fights for the rebel cause, she's torn because she feels more at home with the blue-blood Lyndon children and their young guardian uncle than she ever did with her own family. She also feels the strain of her own secret, which would turn the rebels against her and cause her to be shut away by the magisters: She's half magical herself - born of an illicit relationship between her mother and a magister man. Her very existence is seen as a threat to the purity of the magical bloodline.

Meanwhile her employer, Lord Henry, has his own secret. Verity is increasingly convinced that he's the Robin Hood-like leader of a band of magical rebels working to free the colonies from British rule. As the actions of the rebel mechanics and the rebel magisters gain the attention of the Crown, Verity realizes that it will take both groups to achieve American independence, and she's uniquely situated to bring them together - that is if they can survive long enough once the city comes under martial law and the British forces stop at nothing to uncover the rebels and seize their machines.

©2015 Shanna Swendson (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Shanna Swendson is brilliant!

What did you love best about Rebel Mechanics?

This is TOTALLY a fun story. Her Fairy Tale series is good and her Katie Chandler series is absolutely terrific. This series is really, really good. I can't wait for it to evolve.<br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh, Henry is wonderful. Alex is good, but I love the absent-minded professor who turns out to be super-spy the best.

Have you listened to any of Liz Pearce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure I have. I'll have to check that out.

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

It wasn't one sitting, but it was one day, but only because I kept getting interrupted.

Any additional comments?

There is noting as good as Shanna's Katie Chandler series (although I have to wait a little bit to see if I can get used to the reader - I've read the first 4 books so many times, the reader didn't sound good to my ears), but this comes in a close second. The future books will tell. Thanks, Shanna.

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  • KP
  • 06-26-17

A good beginning to a series

Light, fun, steam, gears, magic... a good realization of a great premise. I liked it.

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Magic and Steampunk!

What a great book. Follow the exploits of Verity Newton, new come to New York to find work as a nanny. Little does she know, she's going to find a revolution along with an interesting employer in the form of Lord Henry. Great book and highly recommended.

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Fun Read

I loved Rebel Mechanics and can't wait to see what Verity and Henry will be up to next!

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  • Elizabeth
  • Wilmington, DE, United States
  • 05-05-16

fun adventure, with romance

strong characters lovely story set at the beginning of a revolution. want book 2 now!

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Great read

I really enjoyed this book. I have read all of Shanna Swendson's and she moved seamlessly in to the YA genre. I love that her main character is independent, resourceful, and smart. Can't wait for the next one!!

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Disappointing

I truly loved Shanna Swendson's Magic, Incorporated series; it was a fun and interesting story line. Her Fairy Tales series wasn't quite as good, but was somewhat enjoyable. This book just seems to drag along, without really going anywhere. I made it halfway through before giving up. I was really hoping for more.