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The Sunken: a dark steampunk fantasy (Engine Ward Book 1) by [Green, S C]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Engine Ward (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1626 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grymm & Epic Publishing (12 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N17VVZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #484,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sunken is Book #1 in The Gauge Wars series of SteamPunk books. The setting is Industrial London in the 1800's, but set in an alternative reality. King George III is on the throne, but dubbed a mad man and "The Vampire King". There is great steam invention rivalry between Robert Stephenson and Isambard Brunel.

Christian Religion has been replaced by engineering sects, with followers of as many different leaders as world religion has today. The highest position held by the Messiah of the Church of the Great Conductor and people are encouraged to attend worship in the style of engineering lectures.

A Royal Society exists to police the engineers and hand out punishment where needed. A work force of "Stokers" fuel the city, treated as "dirty Folk" they were lured away from their Swamp lands by the need for engine stokers.

School friends, Isambard, James Holman and Nicholas Thorne, meet once more and become embroiled in the King's new scheme to protect London from the marauding Swamp Dragons, however they soon learn of a more sinister reason behind the King's urgency to build such a structure.

This is a big book at over 500 pages long, but it is split into three very readable parts. Part two cleverly gives all the background to the current situation and part three builds the tension to a compelling read and leads the way to book 2# in the series. I would recommend this to fans of Steampunk, and those who like the industrial era of England who are open minded to an alternative fantasy underlined story arc.
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Okay so people appear to either love this or hate this, and I'm in the loved it portion of reviewers. I've had a soft spot for steampunk ever since I stumbled across my first book in that genre on NetGalley, and I was really excited for this book, and luckily not disappointed at all.

I loved everything in this book, I mean dragons. I love dragons. DRAAAGONS! And Vampires, including a Vampire King and like flesh eating people type things, and there was so much awesome in this book and it was a cool world, 19th century and all that. I really didn't want to leave the vivid world created.

The plot was intriguing and kept you reading, it was pretty hard to put down, and the character development was expertly woven in to the plot and a joy to watch. The backstorys and the history and everything are written in very well, weaving in to the plot without disrupting the pace and flow. Didn't want it to end really, next book please!
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one blew me away! 26 Feb. 2016
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This is a fully-immersive, intelligently written steampunk story that combines intrigue with beautiful writing and dense storytelling that is so expertly done it's almost literary in feel. At the onset, we are in an alternate history London, and the author expertly reveals this new world layer by layer, rather then dumping it on you all at once or talking down to the reader; this approach only further added elegance to the writing style and mystique to the reading experience. All the characters are multi-faceted, from the good guys with bad sides and the bad guys with good sides. It is true, in the best stories, even the villains are heros in their own eyes. You will not read many books so brilliantly written at this one. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars and the mention of historical figures like Charles Babbage 12 Oct. 2015
By Caitlin Farley - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first foray into Steampunk. There’s a generous mix of Alternate History in this book alongside the Steampunk elements, this is primarily noticeable in the ‘dragons’, the Industrial Religious sects, and the mention of historical figures like Charles Babbage.

The infamous madness of King George takes on a far more sinister element in this book, and the end result is amazeballs. Intrigue runs high, and it’s hard to know who to trust among the characters sometimes. I found it hard to get into the formal language at first, but it's worth persevering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So far... so good! 12 Oct. 2014
By mareenz - Published on Amazon.com
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Full disclosure - I am half way through the book, but loving every hour I get to spend with it. The world of "The Sunken" is familiar enough to trigger my own memories and thoughts about London, but foreign enough to keep me interested. The book has changed the way I look at trains forever. I also really enjoy the multiple perspectives woven throughout as the mystery unfolds. My only criticism (and this with the caveat that I haven't yet finished) is that the characters are mostly men - with very little from the perspective of female characters. I'm looking forward to see how the story evolves, in this book and the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars steampunk and dinosaurs. 15 Feb. 2015
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a pretty good book. I didn't always buy into the character's motivations as strong opinions were changed quickly to fit the story. Shows promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 April 2015
By Mandoss - Published on Amazon.com
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Indulge in some fantasy and drift off to another world.
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