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

Shelley Adina
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Book Description

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 . . .


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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,145 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 100 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY Interesting Start to a Series 3 Sept. 2014
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I've seen a few reviews on here laying into the "Americanisms", fact checking and the like. I only noticed one or two, and it in no way dragged me out of the book.

The fact is that this is "speculative fiction". Given that the story presupposes that steam is the predominant power (over and above what it would have been capable of at the time) and (slight spoiler) that the combustion engine is close to a non-starter, we can also assume a few other differences.

In fact I can't recall if in this timeline the America's ever achieved independence...if they did not then it is likely that we would be seeing further cross-pollination of speak than actually took place, and thus more Americanisms.

But that is speculation by me. The main thrust is that on the few times I noticed it, it wasn't enough to "take me out of the story" so to speak.

From what I can tell it was pretty much self published (I'm not sure if the small press that published it is a self run business). If so it is among the top percent of self published books I have read.

The characters are believable (or as close to it as you can get in steampunk, which isn't usually my cup of tea), the storyline so far interesting, and the world is fascinating.

I immediately went and bought the Omnibus Edition on Kindle which contains the first 4 books. There have been very few (2 I think) of these "Freebie" entry books into a series which have grabbed me enough to buy another, this has just added to that list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read and captures the steampunk ethos very well
Published 20 days ago by gilleroo1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
Quirky and upbeat. It was a pleasure to be whisked away through the streets if London in this little story.
Published 22 days ago by Izzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Took me awhile to get into this book, some parts can be pretty slow, other parts are fast paced and full of action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KarnageKay
5.0 out of 5 stars I read a ton of steampunk as I researched my own books and this was of...
A really interesting start to the series. I read a ton of steampunk as I researched my own books and this was of the better ones I read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I loved this book. The writer should be commended! Great characters and story. Steampunk is an amazing genre.
Published 2 months ago by Blondeusk
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and exciting read
I like the characters in this book along with the story line and imagery. A good easy and enjoyable book.
Published 2 months ago by carol D
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I liked reading this book a lot, disappointed it ended so quick. Off to the Amazon store to buy the next book in the series
Published 3 months ago by Emily Harriet Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful warm and inventive story. Nice Londonesque descriptions despite the she-author being American.
Published 4 months ago by L. Stribling
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
'Lady of Devices' is the story of a young woman, Claire, as she loses the life she knows and decides she must find a way to get the life she wants. Read more
Published 5 months ago by chettsgenie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a jolly ripping yarn I enjoyed it
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Fielding
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