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by Lilith Saintcrow

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Title:The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare)
Authors:Lilith Saintcrow
Info:Orbit (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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Definitely a setting-the-stage first novel, but the characters are intriguing and the story is the start of a well developed steampunk.
  LibraryGirl11 | May 19, 2015 |
The Iron Wyrm Affair is book one of the 'Bannon & Clare' series. This series genre is steampunk with mystery thrown in.

To be honest this book is a huge breath of fresh air. I enjoyed The Iron Wyrm Affair immensely.

I couldn't put the book down. ( )
  DaffiMere | Jan 11, 2015 |
Fun, fast steam punk novel. Interesting world building. Huge, over-the-top cinematic climax (loved it! - I could almost hear the soundtrack). ( )
  borbet | Oct 21, 2014 |
I expected a different kind of story. The author says this isn't a steampunk book, but even though there is more magic than what is generally expected in a steampunk novel, it has that steampunkish feel with all those Altered people and animals.
There are a lot of things I didn't like in this book. Changed names were really not necessary. Victrix could have been Victoria, Themis could have been the Thames and so on, and it would not ruin the story. Next, most chapters end with a cliffhanger. There are two POVs (Bannon's and Clare's), those cliffhangers are often not resolved when it is that character's turn.
I like the idea of Britannia's spirit and her vessels, more than one treason and the fact that the main characters aren't supposed to be romantically involved. ( )
  Irena. | Aug 26, 2014 |
I picked this up because I have liked her other works and lately the Steampunk I've been reading has been a lot of fun. This reminded me of a gritty steampunk Lord Darcy type of book. I liked how the mentath had problems looking upon sorcery since it seems to lock up their minds. The world is fully formed and of course not everything is hunky dory but does sorta follow the history of Victorian England. A fun read and I can't wait for the next book to come out. Just disappointed I have to wait until May 2013 for the next one. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
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When the young dark-haired woman stepped into his parlor, Archibald Clare was only mildly intrigued.
Come now. In theory, yes. In practice, no. All we care about is practice, correct? We have not achieved our position by being impractical. . . .
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Archibald Clare is a detective of truly uncanny abilities-a mentath, capable of feats of deduction and logic that border on the supernatural. He is also abruptly, uniquely, the only unregistered mentath left alive in Londoninium. Someone has murdered the others and, if not for the timely intervention of the Prime sorceress Emma Bannon, there would have been no one left to stop... whatever is coming.

Mentaths and sorcerers are dying-or worse, being seduced into betraying Queen and Country. Bannon and Clare must uncover treachery, conspiracy, and sorcery of the blackest hue. And in a Britannia where magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, time is short.

The game is afoot...
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Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot..

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"Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. Unfortunately, they can barely tolerate each other..."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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