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October 11, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Storms of Lazarusby Karen Kincy

Series: Shadows of Asphodel 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: July 29, 2015 
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: Publisher
Recommended By: Candace's Book Blog
Genre: Steampunk | Dieselpunk

Sometimes escape is impossible. Sometimes love isn’t enough.

1913. Christmas Eve. Ardis hardly expects a quiet holiday with Wendel, between fleeing Constantinople and hiding from an ancient society of assassins. And they owe a debt to a certain archmage.

In K√∂nigsberg, Prussia, they work with Konstantin on the next evolution of Project Lazarus. Wendel once called K√∂nigsberg home, the city now besieged by the Russians and their clockwork engines of war. This may be Wendel’s last chance to save his family and find redemption, but he’s tormented by nightmares and tempted by laudanum.

Ardis fears her love isn’t enough to save Wendel. Her hands are full piloting the automatons, and she’s terrified to tell him a secret of her own. Will they—and their love—survive the storms of war?





Annnnd... our heroes are on the run after that gaffe that happened in Shadows of Asphodel. The adventure in STORMS OF LAZARUS is good, I love their airborne collision with the Russians, the clockwork gadgets involved, and that dragon was simply intimidating and awe inspiring! 

The romance between Ardis and Wendel are developing nicely, but not without minor problems. You won't find Drama here, our couple have a fair understanding of each other so it's all flowing smoothly. It's very normal, no orchestrated conflicts just to add tension which I love. Ardis and Wendel already have a lot of things on their plate, they don't really need excessive relationship issues atm.

That said, I was hoping for theatrics on the supernatural front. I want gasp-inducing moments especially during fights like when Ardis weilds her enchanted blade. I want goosebumps when Wendel raises the dead, the atmosphere crackling with the power of necromancy. I want my heart to swell when the archmages exercise their magic. I want to be affected when something supernatural happens in this world. Currently it's easily missed so I'm hoping for more epic battles in the future.

The plot and respective character arcs in STORMS OF LAZARUS are moving along nicely. I'm now lookin for more oomph since we're already acclimated to the world and premise so it's time to dig deep and add depth to the already fascinating landscape. Fingers crossed I get my wish in book 3!










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20 comments:

  1. Crossing my fingers for ya :) I added the first book, hope to get to it soon. Liking the sound of that no-Drama thing... Happy Sunday, lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Ramona, I hope you had a great weekend too!

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  2. I am still so very curious about this series

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    1. You haven't read it? I thought you have already...

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  3. Having a love story unfold without added drama sounds like heaven, Braine! I'm so sick of adding drama for drama's sake I need something like that on my bookshelves, even if you expected more on the paranormal front :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Oh lawd, me too! I have enough drama in my life already, I don't need my make believe world to be ridden with it too

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    1. The whole series has fantastic cover arts

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  5. So glad you liked this Braine! It was a good read, you are making me remember all lover again why I had fun with this series. I wish another book would be out soon!

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    1. Konstantin was cute, but I wish to meet more archmages

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  6. More ooph would definitely be good. I felt that this one took on the internal oomph at the expense of the external conflict that book one had.

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    1. Yeah, I liked the relationship development, but I want the adventure part to pack a massive punch.

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  7. Glad you're being patient with this series! I sure hope it only gets better (even better) from here.

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  8. This sounded like a good read in the series Braine, it just seems to be lacking a little punch! I hope it picks up in the next book!

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  9. I like the sound of how there is no extra drama added to their relationship and romance, I don't mind drama, but it's also nice to see a book without it. It's a shame there aren't more epic battles of supernatural oomph. Hopefully the third book will give you that. Great review!

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  10. Doesn't' sound too bad - maybe just a tad blah but I love that cover.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  11. Braine, thanks for the great review and I love your desire for gasp inducing moments and you make me want to read this series. xo Happy Monday

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  12. Good to hear that the characters are progressing well

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  13. Ah. Thanks for sharing the cover of the first book. I knew I'd heard of it, but was trying to place the title. This does sounds like a wonderful series. :)

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  14. I kind of liked it that this series is more sensible and understated :) Glad you are still enjoying it though.

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