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February 22, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Series: London Steampunk 5
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Adult Steampunk
Enemies. Allies. Lovers.

When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina's long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she's hiding something, and he's determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn't expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort… or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.



And so it has come full circle. What was started in Kiss of Steel has now been concluded in OF SILK AND STEAM, book 5 of Bec McMaster's fiery and sexy series, London Steampunk. This latest installment is explosively action packed, filled to the brim with damaging secrets, devastating betrayals, tempered with love and loyalty. Should BMcMaster decide to end the series at this point, I wouldn't have complaints because she gave full closure on every long standing conflict and wrapped-up every story thread, big and small.

OF SILK AND STEAM is predominantly a friends-to-lovers kind of story. For 5 books, we saw the rivalry and tension build and swell between Lady Aramina, Duchess of Casavian, and, Leo Barrons, the Duke of Caine's heir. Their long standing feud started when Caine allegedly murdered Lady Aramina's father. Undeterred, Leo Barrons relentlessly pursued Lady Aramina through high water and Hell (intentionally reversed) and said pursuit was fruitful because these two eventually had their HEA.

It's a little challenging to characterize these two as characters, and as a couple. In so few words, Lady Aramina is fire and ice, haughty yet passionate, and very loyal. Leo Barrons is playful, arresting, principled, determined, and Aramina's perfect match. As a couple? These two are dangerous. I'm barely skimming the surface because as I mentioned, it took 5 frickin' books to get them (and us) here. And that's partly why OF SILK AND STEAM has an epic feel to it, BMcMaster has been building up London Steampunk to this moment from all angles and the novel's scope is all encompassing. Now all the previous books are tied together by OF SILK AND STEAM. All the previous characters made cameos not just BMcMaster wants to give us treat, but because they all play important roles in ousting the cruel tyrant that is the Prince Consort: Blade the Devil of Whitechapel and leader of the Nighthawks, Lena and her tinkering genius, Lynch and Rosaling's humanist efforts, and even Lady Peregrine's stealth and skill as a Nighthawk proved integral in winning their impromptu coup de

If you remove the romance and paranormal elements of OF SILK AND STEAM, you'll end up with a civil war story of sorts. The vein of this novel lie on the conflict between classes, discrimination between humans and the paranormal citizens of London, political conlfict within the Echelon, and other odds and ends that makes up for this ticking bomb. Add a madman into the equation and a Queen who's been manipulated and abused close to breaking, and you end up with a story akin to Tolstoy's epic novels.... albeit fantastical and definitely fictional. But you get my drift, right?

The best part? OF SILK AND STEAM isn't the last book of the series. It may close off this particular story arc but there's more to come! I had the pleasure of interviewing the super cool Bec McMaster and here's a snippet of it:

Braine: How many books are you still planning to write for London Steampunk?

Bec McMaster: [As mentioned], if I continue the series, I will have to start a new story arc. I have two arcs in mind, which excite me, so I'm dabbling with one of those ideas at the moment. I've basically plotted out six books, all featuring characters that have appeared in the previous series, though right now I'm playing with a couple of other worlds and stories to keep me fresh.

The rest of the interview will be published on Romance at Random on March 11, 2015. We talked about a lot of things, and not to toot my own horn, it's a juicy one because Bec was so game and shared a lot of great things about this novel and the series. I hope you'll catch it!












40 comments:

  1. YES! That book was amazing! Bec seems to write the best in odd numbers. Her #1,#3nd #5 in series are awesome, whie # and #4 are just not bad.

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    1. I never thought of that although I did love Poppy's book. It's one of my favorites in the series.

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  2. I actually am really liking series lately where each books story arc is closed before another begins. It is kind of nice to be in the same world but know each book will be resolved by the end.

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    1. The plot of this one is much bigger. I think you will love this one the best!

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  3. EEK I'm so behind with this series! Your rating has me all excited though but I have to skim your review since I want to go in blind. Leo and Mina's relationship always has always been interesting though so I'm so glad their story did not disappoint! Very excited to continue on with this series! Thanks Braine :)

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  4. What a fantastically articulated review! You make me want to read this series, and that's saying a lot because I'm so not a reader of this genre!

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    1. Oh gosh! You're making me blush! Thank you!

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  5. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one! I guess I wasn't feeling it, couldn't finish it. Will have to try again on a later date when I'm in the mood for that genre.

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    1. I'm seriouly sad to hear that. I saw Drea's rating in GR, excited she loved it. :(

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  6. I love this series.I re-read it all the time.

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    1. Can't blame you. The books are really good and very sexy to boot!

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  7. Dang, it seems like the first book only came out not too long ago. I already have it, so now I definitely need to read it.

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    1. You will adore Kiss of Steel!! Blade is a hunk!

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  8. I'm so late with this series. I really need to go back to it. I really enjoyed book 1 but I haven't read the others but it's great that it's still that good! I'll have to order book 2! Great review!

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    1. Do so! Catch up til you get to this book. It's epic!!

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  9. It's so satisfying when the last book of a series wraps everything up and all is well. Happy you enjoyed it so much.

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    1. Don't say that! There's more! She can't end it yet!!

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  10. This series started out strong, but I've been undecided about continuing after the last couple of installments. They weren't bad, however they were no Kiss of Steal either. Of Silk and Steam was fantastic! I'm now firmly seated back on the Bec McMaster bandwagon. The main story ARC concluded beautifully, and the romance was delightful!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. That's my exact same sentiment about Darkest London! I'm just happy the new release from both series are great!

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  11. I love this genre and am way too behind on this series, I think I read the first book but would probably have to start from the beginning at this point! So glad the last installment was a great one for you ;)

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    1. Binge reading the books will be a fab experience. You'll appreciate the continuation of the arc in full!

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  12. I haven't read this series, which seems incredible given how good it looks. Fantastic review! I'm delving into this as soon as I can.

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    1. Happy to make the introduction! I hope you and London steam punk get along splendidly.

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    1. Try and read a book at least once a month. That's what I did with Elemental Assassin and now I am caught up.

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  14. Ahh yes. I have had my eye on this series. I hope there is more in the works, but glad that this concluding novel was pleasing. Always nice going into a series.

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    1. She planted the seed of the next arc. It's interesting. I hope it's as good as the arc here.

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  15. The premise sounds intersting with the civil war driving the plot from the background

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    1. It's very clever. It's obvious she saw how things will end from the very beginning.

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  16. Yay!! I love it when you get to the final book in the series and the whole build up lead to this amazing final installment! Glad you loved it, Aramina and Leo sound like great characters!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. No! Not yet! Final book in the arc, not the series. I'm not ready to let go just yet!

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  17. Amazing review, and I love the civil war sort of explanation. Friends to lovers is one of my favorites. I of course own book one, I know epic fail right?

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    1. Not really. You can always catch up, you did it with Dead Heat. Do this next ;)

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  18. Very nice! I heard so much about this series. I've had book 1 on my TBR for a while now. I didn't know it was already to book 5! Awesome review, Braine!

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  19. *groans* you have to stop talking about this series, Braine. I want it enough as it is - can we just try to invent a few more hours in every day so I'll have the time to read all the lovelies I want to read?
    I'm pretty stoked you're still loving it so much, five books in and giving it five chauldrons is nothing short of amazing!
    I hope you're having a fantastic week!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Girl, If I can move to Jupiter I would just to have extra hours!

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  20. shh! don't tell anyone but I've never read steampunk and I really should as they sound good. Fab review Braine, hope you're week is a good one!

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    1. *whispers* okay, but you really should try at least one good steampunk soon ;)

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