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Mongrel (Mongrel Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

K.Z. Snow

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Hunzinger's Mechanical Circus, a rollicking seaside carnival where imagination meets machinery, shines as the only bright spot in the dreary city of Purinton. A shadow is cast there one day when a tall, cloaked figure approaches the stand of Will Marchman, a young patent-medicine salesman. Fanule Perfidor, commonly known as the Dog King, isn't welcome at the Circus. No resident of Taintwell is; they're all Branded Mongrels, officially shunned. But Will is beguiled by the stunning, mysterious Perfidor. Their mutual wariness soon gives way to desire, and a bond forms. Soon the naive but plucky pitchman becomes embroiled in a dangerous quest. Fanule suspects Alphonse Hunzinger and Purinton's civic leaders are responsible for the disappearance or incarceration of countless Branded Mongrels. But why? As Will's passion and regard for his tormented lover grow, he's determined to help Fanule get answers and prevent any further persecution... or worse. They just have to stay together—and stay alive long enough—to see their plan through.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (8 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGS7WC
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This could have been amazing! 9 Aug. 2012
By Heather C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was really, really enjoying this book in the beginning. It was unique. It was dark. It was snarky. And I was really loving the world and the characters the author created. But then I got bored. It went from sexual tension to insta-love. And I never felt the urgency of the mystery. Where some things were detailed, others were glossed over and never explained. I never understood the importance of the ribbons. I was told about most of important events, instead of getting the chance to read about them.

I think this could have been amazing if it would have been longer and more developed. I feel like there was a huge opportunity for these characters to be memorable; but they aren't.

In the end, I was never fully invested in the romance or the mystery. But I loved the whole "idea"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with a fictional character: Fanule Perfidor 22 Feb. 2011
By Emanuela PlasticDuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Fanule Perfidor is not a name, it's a magical spell that gives life to one of the hottest, sexiest, nicest, most compassionate, most sympathetic and BEST characters I've ever read. In the book everyone seems to be startled and awed by his physical presence and I have no doubt about it, because he takes possession of the heart and mind of the reader and then you're his. He has a dangerous and sinful aura, he has scars and he is probably bi-polar, going through mania and depression in phases, taking a potion to keep his balance. He is committed to his people, the Mongrels. He is their leader and protector. His sense of justice leads his action and when he gives himself, be it with his heart or his body, he is generous and open and vulnerable.

Will Marchman (William for Fanule) is the other half. He is a nice young man, maybe a little naive, but he is courageous and deceivingly strong, the perfect match for Fanule. Will is a Pure, 100% human, and in a world where Mongrels are treated as outcasts and branded with a ratio that expresses their mixed heritage, he's never bothered by Fanule's different nature. He offers his love to him (and then his help) dismissing his worries and embracing his lover's cause as if it were his own. He tends to him with a tender care that wins you over.

The setting is awesome and it revolves around a Circus where bad things are happening. Fanule is determined to uncover the misdeeds of the Circus' owner and those of the mayor that's supporting the unlawful incarceration and persecution of the Mongrels. In his mission he is helped by Clancy, a powerful vampire, and Simon, a Pure bounty-hunter who decides to support the Mongrels. Clancy and Simon have frequent trysts and their relationship is very entertaining and funny in places. The world where the characters live is full of magic and you get to know it page by page, information is never dumped on the readers and you find yourself immersed in it without realizing it's happening.

This book is recommended to anyone, but especially to those who like steampunk novels. I finished the book yesterday and I'm still thinking about it, I'm keeping Fanule right here with me. I love you Fanule, really.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written but left me cold 7 Feb. 2011
By Sirius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author of this book is a superb writer, I really enjoyed the writing and the world building of this dark society. I guess this is done in steampunk style. I also liked the story and the guys. Unfortunately I did not much care for them together, I wished for more chemistry. This book in a sense reminds me (only in a sense that they both have a theme of one race unjustly persecuted) of one of my most beloved books in this genre "Wicked gentlemen" by Ginn Hale, only I did not think that characters were nearly as amazing together in this one.

It was definitely fun to visit this world and Mongrels though.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Gritty Steampunk with Amazing Characters 20 Jun. 2014
By The Fountain Pen Diva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mongrel had been sitting, gathering dust on my Kindle for quite some time. The first time I tried to read it, I just wasn't in that "mood". Having been chosen for me in the LGBT Fantasy Group challenge, and having just finished Third Daughter, an awesome (and diverse) non-Eurocentric steampunk novel, I was finally in the mood for something that stylistically reminded me the brilliant Michael Moorcock's 'Dancers At the End of Time'.

That is a VERY good thing.

I love books that dump me into an unfamiliar world and make me want to be there. The world of Mongrel did just that. While there were definitely parallels to a more middle-class/lower middle-class London, the towns with such amusing names as Taintwell and Purinton sound as if they could be actual English villages. In this world there are Pures--humans with no special powers and Mongrels--not fully human and with powers unknown. The Pures fear and discriminate against the Mongrels. No shock there, right? But it's far worse than mere laws as Fanule and Will discover. There's a even grimmer fate in store for the denizens of Taintwell.

Fanule Perfidor the Dog King, his friends/allies are finely drawn and feel like real people, not fantasy beings. Fan is a wonderful hero--loyal, loving and yet beset by his own personal demons. He doesn't dwell upon them and when his people need him, Fan takes great risk to lend his assistance. His power makes him the most feared of the Mongrels, which also makes him a target. It takes a certain something for me to like a vampire character, considering what most of fiction has reduced them to, but Clancy Marrowbone (wonderful name that) has joined The Fountain Pen Diva's highly exclusive pantheon of favourite undead, populated by such notables as Atta Olivia Clemens, The Count Saint Germain, Lord Akeldama, Sonja Blue and Shori (along with dear Lestat of course). And normally, I look askance at M/M romance in which one of the characters is slighter/shorter/weaker/etc. than the hero (that trope is quite problematic when done incorrectly), but Will Marchman was evenly crafted. He was just as strong and passionate as his half-human/half beast lover.

The steampunk world was gritty and grimy, which led to its sense of realism. The steam has to come from somewhere, coal. It's going to be dirty. The sex is sweet, hot and written in a wonderfully florid style reminiscent of Victorian erotica with a sort of tongue-firmly-in-cheek manner.

There are two other novels, which can be read alone, and I think I deserve a second helping of my darling Clancy Marrowbone.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth The Read 14 Jun. 2014
By Andreams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First book of a trilogy but can easily be read as a stand alone, no cliffhangers but secondary characters and situations I hope to read more about. Fascinating world, excellent paranormal aspects. No fluff. Really liked this book.
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