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Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shelley Adina
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Book One of the Magnificent Devices series, a novel of 54,000 words.

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 . . .

About the Author

Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2889 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463549997
  • Publisher: Moonshell Books, Inc. (30 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053CYXS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,512 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.

Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, Shelley loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At 18 and just finishing her rather confining ladies' school education, Lady Claire Trevelyan is far more interested in scientific discovery than she is in the traditional art of snaring an aristocratic spouse. She despises the more superficial amongst her classmates and longs for a life as a scientist and adventurer. It is only after her father's shock demise, and an unexpected reversal in the family's fortunes that Claire begins to see opportunities that will enable her to pursue her own destiny. Her mother, younger brother and some of the family's retainers depart for the family estate in Cornwall, leaving Claire with the responsibility for concluding the family's London life and overseeing the sale of their townhouse. But an attack on the family home, and then herself, lead to a total change in Claire's circumstances - presenting challenges, adventure, and an opportunity for her to take charge of her own destiny... if she only has the courage.

Claire falls in with a gang of thieves - the very gang that had sought to rob her - when she discovers that they're a rag-tag group of children in sore need of education, moral guidance and some serious scientific up-dating!

I generally liked this steampunk novel - about a titled, wealthy, but intelligent young woman on the brink of being forced into a straitjacketed existence that really doesn't suit her character at all. It's a stirring and interesting fantasy adventure and I enjoyed it considerably. But it's not without fault. Shelley Adina's world introduces a range of fictitious 'devices'/wider applications of gadgets than actually occurred. All good so far. But there are also a number of factual inaccuracies/historical liberties taken in the background set-up that aren't acknowledged.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy 16 Jan 2013
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Shelley Adina writes a good yarn but as others have said, spoils the story with lack of research and applying Americanisms to British characters in reported speech. It's just lazy, Shelley. A quick Google would have given you enough detail on Queen Victoria and *Prince* Albert to get dates and titles right.

My other objection is that the book ends halfway through the story. As there are other books this just looks like a deliberate money-making ploy and the book just isn't good enough to make me want to spend money to find out what happens.

The author evidently didn't think her lack of attention to detail would matter but it matters enough to have warranted several reviewers to comment and in my case not to bother with any more of her books.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At 18 and just finishing her rather confining ladies' school education, Lady Claire Trevelyan is far more interested in scientific discovery than she is in the traditional art of snaring an aristocratic spouse. She despises the more superficial amongst her classmates and longs for a life as a scientist and adventurer. It is only after her father's shock demise, and an unexpected reversal in the family's fortunes that Claire begins to see opportunities that will enable her to pursue her own destiny. Her mother, younger brother and some of the family's retainers depart for the family estate in Cornwall, leaving Claire with the responsibility for concluding the family's London life and overseeing the sale of their townhouse. But an attack on the family home, and then herself, lead to a total change in Claire's circumstances - presenting challenges, adventure, and an opportunity for her to take charge of her own destiny... if she only has the courage.

Claire falls in with a gang of thieves - the very gang that had sought to rob her - when she discovers that they're a rag-tag group of children in sore need of education, moral guidance and some serious scientific up-dating!

I generally liked this steampunk novel - about a titled, wealthy, but intelligent young woman on the brink of being forced into a straitjacketed existence that really doesn't suit her character at all. It's a stirring and interesting fantasy adventure and I enjoyed it considerably. But it's not without fault. Shelley Adina's world introduces a range of fictitious 'devices'/wider applications of gadgets than actually occurred. All good so far. But there are also a number of factual inaccuracies/historical liberties taken in the background set-up that aren't acknowledged.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pure exposition. 28 July 2014
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This is (yet another) case of the first book in a series being nothing more than exposition. The premise is interesting and holds great scope for adventure and exploration and Claire, the protagonist, is a strong woman with clear-cut motives. This book could be incredibly enjoyable, and the series certainly holds that potential. However, there is no sense of resolution or a real story arc due to its being the first book in a series and, thus, exposition. That being said, the writing is clean, and it was a short, fun read. It will no doubt hook many readers into continuing with the series, but I doubt I’ll be one of them.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 22 Jun 2011
By C-B
Format:Kindle Edition
A bit like Catherine Webb's Horatio Lyle, the main character is an amateur scientist shunned by society. 'The Lady' makes the best of a bad situation teaming up with pickpockets. An easy and fun read, I just wish it was longer or the next in series published already!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
first time of reading Shelley ... couldn't put it down ... love her writing style and now hooked on steam punk
Published 17 days ago by Sue rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My first steampunk book - really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the heroine
Made a nice change to have a heroine - some lady even if she has a lot of luck very brave for the era and interesting theme.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Pamela Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fab book, great plot nice and fast paced loving the steampunk elements, almost couldn`t put it down such a great book, highly recommend
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read (but a bit short)
This is well written and fairly original, although many of the typical Steampunk memes are present. I would suggest the book is aimed at teens but if that's not you then don't let... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Faversham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Picked this up out of curiosity, knowing nothing about the writer and not much about steam punk. A very enjoyable read, with great character development and wonderfully detailed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ellen Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining steampunk adventure
For me this is a very entertaining steampunk adventure. Taking liberties with history can be done well or can just grate. I found this to be a good example of how to do it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DJW13
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady of devices by shelley adina
I have never read a steampunk novel and thought I would give it ago...I liked this it was quite amusing
Published 5 months ago by Dee xx
4.0 out of 5 stars New to steampunk genre.
Was looking for something different to read and found this in the freebies. Glad I did. Having never read steampunk work before, wasn't sure what to expect. Pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cat Talk Record Hop
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
nothing to taxing, something going on all the way through,weapons unheard of, strong women, wonderful urchins,a world away from are own,first steampunk wont be my last,delightful... Read more
Published 7 months ago by belinda
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