- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 811 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (13 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001JMFCME
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steelflower (Steelflower Chronicles) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This is one of those times I really wish for half stars or a scale of more than 5. The book isn't really worth a 4 star, IMO, but its better than some books I'm given 3 stars to.
I both really enjoyed and found myself quite frustrated with this book. I liked Kaia. I liked the Barbarian. I adored D'ri. I liked the world and the writing. BUT the book never really goes anywhere. They wander around and do this and then that and then something else, but there is no intent in it. Also, while I understood Kaia's strong reluctance, I got tired of reading it. Worst of all, the hints that all the hardships she'd suffered in her life might have actually been her own fault, based on a misunderstanding that she didn't seek clarification of over a decade is off-putting to say the least.
Despite all that, I'd read more if there was any, but Saintcrow states that she does not intent to continue the story, as "e-piracy killed the series." Which means that this, an incomplete story (though not a cliffie), will always remain so and that makes it kind of a pointless read IMO.
On the run, Kaia's "entourage" steadily increases as a missing G'mai prince insists he accompanies her on her travels, as do a lute player, a young thief in training and a twinned G'mai pair. Although Kaia longs to lose these people travelling with her, she has no idea how important they will become to her.
Kaia is a marvellous leading lady; coming to terms with the fact she is now responsible for someone else's safety rather than just her own, initially disbelieving that she really does have Power (and a lot of it) and unwilling to tie herself to the G'mai prince who claims she is his other half. Despite these obstacles, Kaia still intends to pay the blood debt she owes and soon finds herself the target of the deadliest assassins in the country. It's a good job she and a few of her companions are so skilled with their weapons.
The ending of "Steelflower" is rather abrupt and despite the budding relationship between Kaia and G'mai prince Darik do not expect any hot bedroom action (in fact there is none at all in this book). Kaia refuses to believe she is Darik's destined other half (despite all the obvious signs she displays proving she is) yet her exile from G'mailhallan and her conviction that she possesses no Power whatsoever makes her believe she is unworthy of a match.Read more ›
This is most definitely a shame and one would expect that has surely been plugged if a technical problem by the on-line publishing companies. If the author's anger refers to plagiarism then she should be reassured that her writing style will ensure that fans reading her stories would most certainly look to the original author for completion of their 'fix'. I will continue to wait, albeit impatiently, for the author's issues to be resolved so that Kaia may solve the riddles and mysteries unfolding at the end on the first book.
Warning: This book was written and published years ago, it is NOT a standalone novel, and there have been no further addition to the storyline since its initial release in 2008. - Do not purchase the book unless you dont mind this. It has an open ending, without any of the major plot lines comming to conclusion.
The story is great, the heroine is complex and 3 dimensional. The supporting characters have depths that are hinted at but not really fleshed out. There are 2 major story archs and several underlining smaller ones, only a small portion of which are resolved. - I love the author, but absolutely despise paying money for books that are parts of unfinished series. I would absolutely find it prudent to make the buyer aware of the fact before the purchase. - Thats all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Please tell me there will be more of this series! It's been so long but I refuse to give up hope.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this book. Shame that there are no plans to write more books about Steelflower - thankfully it didn't end on a major cliffhanger. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Davina
I have had to revisit this book again, as the final pages, to be continued, has yet to appear. An exceptional heroine, though she'd probably prefer to be described as the... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2015 by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed the book very much. I am disappointed that it has not become a series. The character was interesting.Published on 2 Feb. 2014 by Librarian 9
This is a great first book to a series, with a great new twist on the ideas of elves and the way their magic works and with a strong female lead who grows through the story. Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by Michelle
Lilith Saintcrow has outdone herself on this book ... it's absolutely fantastic. It took a few pages to adapt to the slightly 'olde english' tone of the writing, but as soon as I... Read morePublished on 25 May 2013 by Buddy
You can't just leave us on a cliffhanger like that! I need to know what happens to Darik and Kaia or I fear my life will never be complete.... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Abbey Chapman
Gave this 3 stars only as there could have been more depth to the main characters. It could be a good series given time.Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is my favourite Holiday novel. I have read it every year since 2007.Love this girl and how in charge but kind she is. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2012 by Kindle Customer