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Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl

Disenchanted & Co.

by Lynn Viehl

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Unlike most people Kit doesn't believe in magic, she tends to disrupt magic when she's around. Her disbelief while others believe is sometimes entertaining and sometimes irritating, after all stuff happens around her that has no other possible cause. However she is useful to some who are afflicted by magic, and while sometimes she finds genuine trickery at work.

The story falls into two parts and I understand that it was once published as two parts, first is her investigation of a young wife and her issues, which shows us her background, some of her friends and how complicated her life can be. Then there's a sorcerer that she's apparently attracted to, though I didn't see much of that, though he's attracted to her, and a detective that she knew as a kid and now has grown to be a fine man, but some of what she does and those she knows are not people within the law.

Overall I didn't find the romance satisfying and the end left me a little deflated too. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 25, 2016 |
Very strong beginning to this series! Like Kit a lot -- she has a lot to learn, but she doesn't whine, gets around a lot, listens, learns. Interesting side characters. Hope she get to learn more about her family and abilities soon. ( )
  bgknighton | Aug 4, 2014 |
I didn't think I would like this book, but, by the third or fourth page, I was absolutely hooked and could not put it down! I highly recommend it! ( )
  eheinlen | May 23, 2014 |
In a steampunk world in which the United States lost the Revolutionary War and people believe in the evil power of magic, Kit stands out.

She is an independent woman, a rarity, who makes her own living. She is more feisty and more spunky than any standard romance heroine, with quick wits, a sharp tongue and a network of friends. She doesn't believe in magic. Kit actually makes her living as an investigator disproving the existence of magic and proving the existence of charlatans and quacks.

But in accepting the case of Lady Diana Walsh, a noblewoman suffering unexplained cruel words carved onto her at night, our intrepid heroine may well have gone too far. Her client's powerful husband is dead-set against the investigation. So is Lucien Dredmore, another powerful man who may present a very personal challenge to Kit. Lucien is wicked and urbane, the complete opposite of Kit's childhood pal, Inspector Tommy Doyle. So it's easy to predict who Kit is drawn to, even as she fights him off.

This is the set-up of the full-length novel of Lynn Viehl's story, which sets up the beginning of a gloriously realized steampunk world in which magic and the Industrial Revolution collide in what is now the western United States. Disenchanted & Co. also sets up Kit's own journey from a female adventurer to a deeper, more feeling character with a backstory she is just discovering for herself as the narrative unfolds.

The only problem with the novel is that Viehl apparently wrote herself into a corner with the plot machinations and pulls a twist near the end that didn't have the same swashbuckling, clever tone as the rest of the novel in which Kit is the mistress of her own destiny and rescues herself. Once that point is passed, however, Viehl sets things up for a series that can appeal to steampunk, mystery and romance fans. It's certainly a series that deserves a look at the second novel, The Clockwork Wolf. ( )
  Perednia | May 5, 2014 |
Received this in a book giveaway. Love the steampunk qualities to it. This involves a lady detective of sorts in a North America where the US did not win the war against England. Was 2/3 of the way through the book before I stumbled upon the glossary in the back of the odd slang that they sometimes use. By that point I had already figured out most of the terms as they were used in context.

Plot: It has a lady detective in a Victorian era where England still controls North America. In this steampunk type world both magic and science exist. Kit the heroin of the story is in the business of dismissing so called ghosts and spirits and other things that go bump in the night. She takes on a wealthy client at the beginning of the story who is being visited at night by a poltergeist. This sets our story in motion as the rich and famous should not be subjected to things of this sort. Thus begins a wild ride in a Victorian era that never was. Was a very good read although some of the language was hard to get used to at first. Look forward to seeing the other books in the series. ( )
  ChrisWeir | May 5, 2014 |
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"I know his first wife put a curse on me," Lady Walsh said.
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Disenchanted & Co. contains both Her Ladyship's Curse and His Lordship Possessed. Do not combine the parts with the whole.
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Her Ladyship's curse: In Book One of the Disenchanted & Co. steampunk series, Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn't believe in magic herself, she can't refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot - one that may involve the lady's obnoxious husband. Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man's passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship's curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life - and turn Rumsen into a s supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.His Lordship Possessed: In Book Two of the Disenchanted & Co. steampunk series, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge confronts native magics and mechanical menaces in Toriana - an alternate America that lost the Revolutionary War.Just as mechanical pets are becoming all the rage in society, suddenly, without warning, decent citizens are transforming into wild, animalistic "Wolfmen"? that themselves are made of strange clockwork machinery. Hired by the widow of one of these Wolfmen to clear her family name, and suddenly a target herself, Kit must navigate the protective attentions of deathmage Lucien Dredmore and Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle if she's to remain at liberty to solve the mystery of the mechanized Wolfmen and their link to a mysterious figure running a local hellfire club.… (more)

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