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The Iron Wyrm Affair: Bannon and Clare: Book One
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Whenever a favourite author starts a new series, I'm always a little apprehensive. Not that I doubt, their skills, but it's the feat that the characters that I loved from the previous series will leave a huge gap in my reading pleasure. In this new saga from author Lilith Saintcrow the reader gets a tale that brings the best of Steampunk Victoriana with a touch of magic. Whilst the lead in this title is a hard kickass lady, it's clear from between the lines that our lead heroine started out a lot lower in social class than where she currently is, throw in a traumatic event (that happened previously to the title) alongside a tough case that forces her to face demons and her own nagging emotional conflict and all in it's a satisfactory story.

Add to this a host of supporting cast members that not only help to flesh the world but add their own threads into the tapestry and all in it's a satisfactory read. Finally whilst I did enjoy this book I was a little weary of just how powerful the principle player was, that is something that is going to have to be carefully managed in future instalments otherwise it will make the whole series a little one sided.
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on 5 July 2013
I haven't read much steampunk, but have enjoyed this author's work before, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I have a reasonable familiarity with the Victorian period, so was quite easily able to adapt to this alternative history version. However, I did find that I had to put more than normal effort into getting to grips with the fantasy aspects of Bannon and Clare's world. In the end, this was not a serious problem, but it did mean that it took me longer to become confident of my understanding of situations and I am certain I missed some subtleties, especially in the early chapters.

I like this world. It has interesting basic concepts and challenging characters. Both present lots of opportunities for further development.

This story offers a nice mix of mystery, intrigue, loyalty and treachery; all interwoven with magic and Frankenstein-esque science. I enjoyed it.
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on 6 March 2014
I came to this book with high hopes...then I didn't like it! How many times can I read satorial choices and their implications upon the plot?

I take it all back, Steampunk requires Victoriana, including the ridiculous female fashions of the time.

The author claims there could never have been a relationship between Bannon and Clare and the lack of a fifth star relects the fact that she could have made her female lead stronger. There are spoilers as to why I feel she didn't do Bannon justice. That said, poor Clare could have done better as well, and I'm not talking in an interpersonal way either! He seems both bothered by his sexuality and unable to act on it at the same time.

Dear author, make your mind up...Let Bannon be herself or not and let Clare not be...it will make a more beautiful relationship.
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on 3 December 2012
An interesting start to a series. I enjoyed the story, although I'm not convinced it is steampunk. Most of the story relies on the magic of the lead protagonist, and the abilities of the male lead almost seem supernatural, although I suppose steampunk is often of this ilk. I'd put it more as urban fantasy in a victorian setting.

The world building is interesting with some unique ideas - Britannia being a spirit that inhabits the queens of England I particularly enjoyed.

There are a number of hints at future plot points, which I am sure will be more relevant in later books, there are nice mysteries in the backgrounds of the three main characters that have room for exploration.

Overall not the best in the genre but a enjoyable relaxing read.
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This book is surfing the steampunk bandwagon and has all the usual cliches but without any of the historical research. The mix of magic and technology doesn't work well for me and the borderline plagarism (the genius term 'mentath' for Saintcrow is clearly derived from Herbert's 'mentats' - no h - in the far superior classic 'Dune') annoys. The muddled attempts to develop characters via flashbacks to previous events doesn't work either, making me feel like I would have preferred to just read the events in question and have this book as number 2 of a series. Feels like very amateur writing and in need of a decent editor to pull it into shape.
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on 16 November 2013
Only the 2nd steampunk I've read - the first wasn't much of a leap from the Victorian London of our past - but this is a far bigger step wtih sorcery (including a whole structure of grades of magic workers), also plenty of name adjustments to help you remember that you're in a different world. Even an interesting take on Kings & Queens.

Very nearly 5 stars, but was missing something I can't quite put my finger on, But having said that I'll definitely be getting the others in the series
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on 4 August 2013
I am quite new to "steam punk". I was not sure I would enjoy this genre overly much, but I was pleasantly surprised. This series is fast moving, action packed fun. With interesting alternative reality. The characterisations are quite sympathetic and I found myself intrigued with the heroine and her shield. Also the Mentath shows Holmesian promise. I look forward to reading the next book and finding out what scrapes this trio and their sidekicks can get into.
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on 15 November 2014
I never, ever read a book twice - the books in this series are my only exception. It's not often that we get heroines as iron-willed or as complex as Bannon. Ms Saintcrow captures the poignancy of words left unsaid brilliantly, adding to the complexity of the personalities and the relationships in the book. I highly recommend this book, particularly if you enjoy heroines who can be letal while remaining perfectly polite.
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on 1 June 2013
Bought this as it looked quite interesting (alternate Victorian London style saga, etc...), however found it really hard to get into mainly as the main male character keeps being referred to as Clare (his surname) yet it is written in a way that I kept thinking it was the main female character!

Once past the half way mark it picks up and is very enjoyable - so stick with it and you may be pleasantly surprised.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 September 2012
I haven't really read any steampunk prior to this (save for some steampunk touches in Toby Frost's Chronicles of Isambard Smith - and prety much every literary genre ever written can be found in there, including some not yet invented) and, according to the Author Notes at the back of the book, I still haven't: she does not see the story as steampunk, but rather a combination of alt-history and urban fantasy. Well then, I thought, I guess I would call it a fantasy adventure-mystery in a steampunk setting. But that does seem an awful mouthful.

Anyway, this is the first volume of "Bannon & Clare", a crime-fighting duo of illogical magic and unmagical logic. Emma Bannon is a sorceress, and Archibald Clare a "mentath" (or "mentale" as the Italians say). A mentath is a sort of savant in matters logical, or requiring logical deduction, and ... well... kind of an idiot in some other ways (like interpersonal relationships). The book is told in alternating point of view chapters, from Bannon to Clare and back again. For all both characters get equal billing, Emma Bannon is clearly the favourite. Its interesting though to see how she thinks of herself as "Emma" while Archibald Clare thinks of himself as "Clare" (and you chuckle at the deliberate authorial choice of giving him a girl's name).

We get thrown in the deep end here, relying on our real world knowledge of Victorian London, which is then revealed step by step to be wrong. At first it seems all so very-Sherlock Holmes, for all that Clare is an "unregistered" mentath and that Emma Bannon is a Prime Sorceress, but with each succeding chapter we get more and more fantasy/steampunk/sci-fi elements introduced, so that by the end of the story we are definitely not in Kansas anymore. Throw in some amusing interplay between the characters - as well as Emma and Clare, we get a sausage-loving Prussian genius, a poxy Italian Prince turned assassin, a bodyguard to Emma who is definitely more than he seems (and is left somewhat mysterious) and a whole lot else.

I've said very little to nothing about the plot, so as not to give it away. Much of the joy of this book is just enjoying the high-speed rollercoaster ride. At the end of the book, with about ten chapters in a row all ending in cliffhangers, you just shake your head in admiration at the author's sheer gall: but she pulls it off really well.

If you like fantasy adventure-mystery in a steampunk setting, or think you might, then this is the book for you. For myself, I am looking forward to volume 2, The Red Plague Affair, in 2013.
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