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Mirrors and Magic: A Steampunk Fairy Tale: 3 (The Clockwork Republic Series) [Paperback]

Katina French
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13 Mar 2014 The Clockwork Republic Series
A Princess in Exile Neve Bianchi has always lived in the shadow of the big top. Haunted by her father’s death, famed magician Giovanni “The Magnificent” Bianchi, she lives in the background, forgotten and alone. The vanity of the circus’ new featured act, Bella Venezia, drags the entire company into decline. But magic is in the air. Neve makes a discovery that could change not only her fate, but the fortunes of everyone in Lang & Perrault’s World Famous Circus. Can she trust Brendan, the charming Prince of Blades? Can she conquer her fears and bring the magic back? Mirrors and Magic is a steampunk Snow White tale, set in a world of alchemy and mechanical marvels.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: 3 Fates Press; 2 edition (13 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940938252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940938257
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Katina French is a science fiction and fantasy author from southern Indiana. An award-winning copywriter, she's been writing professionally for over 20 years. Recent works include "The Clockwork Republics Series," a set of steampunk retellings of classic fairy tales, as well as the space adventure serial BELLE STARR. Her novella, Bitter Cold, was featured in the Echelon Press anthology ONCE UPON A CLOCKWORK TALE, which debuted in the Amazon Top 100 for Steampunk. Ms. French writes fast-paced, humor-laced adventure stories with a touch of mystery and romance that appeal to young adults and the young at heart. She lives near Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, two children and a pug named after Rocky Balboa. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars fun fairy tale re-telling 26 July 2014
Format:Paperback
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I was really surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book. It was faced paced, full of action and had a little romance thrown in.

I found this book to be well thought out and well written, there was not any needless information that did not help progress the storyline, it flowed nicely and kept me gripped from start to finish. I enjoyed the updated re-telling of Snow White and found it worked well with the setting the author created. The world created was stunning and I visualized it perfectly, it was the perfect setting for this tale.

All the characters worked well with each other and complimented each role that was played. I found the fact the information was only given when it was needed to progress the story and not all at once like some books that reveal everything in the first few chapters, and also only the main characters were delved into and the bit characters were given just enough to fit in with the situation.

Neve herself was a well written character that I liked from the start, she was a strong lead while not been too strong, freely admitting to her faults and insecurities.

I would have liked a little more steampunk influence as I found it a little lacking but not enough to deter from the the story and characters.

I really enjoyed reading this book and will read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale FUN 29 Sep 2013
By Jarlie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a steampunk take on Snow White. I don't always like new takes on fairy tales because it seems the fairy tales are done to death. I read this anyway on the recommendation of a friend who knew I wanted to discover the steampunk genre, and I'm more than happy I did. The book is very well constructed with an excellent use of language. The characters were engaging, believable and multi dimensional. The drama built over time, and the read was fun. Although I would have just as happy if the whole plot had been unique, the snow white aspects of the story weren't forced into the new setting, it was a perfect blend and left me wanting to read more. I am expecting great things from this author, she's got talent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 1 Sep 2013
By ShapelessCreature - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a fairly quick read. The book was entertaining, but fairly predictable. It mirrored the classic tale of snow white. The author set a nice pace with enough action to keep you turning pages. I liked it, but would have preferred to read something completely original. It was a nice distraction for an afternoon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Tale 6 July 2014
By Red Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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I was introduced to Steampunk by my son over a decade ago, and I’ve watched any number of animated films set in this enchanting alternate universe where steam-powered mechanical constructs rule the four elements. But this was my first foray into the genre in written form. Katrina French has done a great job in superimposing on it a charming version of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fairy tale.
Neve is the Snow White character, both naïve and charismatic as the unlikely “princess” of a traveling circus. Unaware that she is heir to the legacy of her deceased father, a famous magician, Neve is kept under the thumb of the “evil queen” Bella, an aging acrobat who jealously guards her status as the circus’ main attraction. There are corresponding parts for most of the other characters found in the various versions of the tale.
I was easily drawn into this world and invested in the lives of the characters, and found it a thoroughly enjoyable read. I should warn you that, after a breakneck-paced opening scene, the story slows quite a bit as the author spends a chapter or two on the background of the lives of the major characters, before moving along nicely for the remainder of the book. I thought the story climaxed rather abruptly, and I would have liked to have had more character development of the seven street urchins who filled the dwarves’ roles. I read the Kindle version, which had the irritating formatting glitch of changing font sizes between chapters or scenes within a chapter.
If not for these minor flaws, I would have given the book a five-star rating. As it is, I would still recommend it for anyone. Put your goggles on, and enjoy the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk circus! 31 July 2014
By A. Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Neve is trying to hold together the circus her father always loved, but wicked things are afoot all around her. When Neve finally makes the leap to save the circus from financial ruin she steps right into a battle for the spotlight. After someone makes an attempt on her life, she starts to question who to trust as she tries to save the circus, her father's legacy, and just maybe whatever feelings are growing between her and knife thrower Brendan.

As soon as I saw Steampunk circus, I was sold. Two of my favorite things! This take of the Snow White fairytale Neve is a delightful, hard working character who clearly loves and is devoted 100% to the circus even as it starts to fall to financial ruin around her. Brendan is wickedly charming, but certainly not a polished Prince Charming, and the characters in the circus around her are all fun, and interesting people. The fairy tale elements don't seem forced at all, and I actually forgot about the Snow White aspect as I got drawn into the story.
The world building is truly fascinating and I certainly hope there are more stories set in this world because all of the mechanics and the wars sound fascinating! I also think this book would be great for someone who isn't sure about steampunk because at no point are you really beaten over the head with it, more of the world around the story is a steampunk world.
Over all, this is a fun, quick read of magic, courage, and not giving up on the things (and people) you love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Introduction to Steampunk 14 Oct 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
After over 30 years of reading science-fiction and fantasy, I am still new to the world of steampunk. I'd enjoyed bits and pieces of the genre as seen in various movies, TV shows and video games, but never actually read a book that identified as steampunk. I met the author online through business contacts and discovered she wrote steampunk stories and I needed something new to read so I downloaded this, her new release.

"Mirrors and Magic" was a delight. It's a fast paced, fun book that takes it's lead from the story of Snow White without being a beat by beat copy of the classic fairy tale. The characters are well written, the story is engaging and there was just enough steampunk to get my feet wet without drowning in a sea of terms, situations and contrivances I was unfamiliar with.

All in all, I was very impressed with my first trip into steampunk and I will be sure to check out the rest of the books in the Clockwork Republics series.
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