In Chiaroscuro it’s important to keep the faith.
When the Temples north of Chiaroscuro are burned and followers of the Sun Goddess are murdered, Catherine, a bard of the Ealdoth Temple, sets out to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. With only the help of a traveling group of minstrels and a retired fae investigator, Catherine must solve the mystery before more people are killed.
So saddle up your clockwork mount, buckle on your electro-dagger, and join Catherine as she finds herself pitted against members of her own Temple, rogue members of the Seelie Court, and a seemingly unstoppable army of undead.
Early Praise from Windy City Reviews:
I was very pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. From the moment you start reading, you are plummeted into the world of mechanicals and zombies and hooked with wonderful descriptions of the landscape. I truly enjoyed her descriptions of the land, the costumes, and the appearances of different people. They are so clear you can actually put yourself in the book in a matter of minutes. It is a world where the undead are real but the horses are not.
I enjoyed it, and this is not the genre I typically read. People who enjoy reading fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction as well as anyone looking for a good story and a bit of escapism will really like reading this story.
–Christine Collins Cacciatore
Reviewer 421522: I enjoyed the author’s other series, The Revelation Chronicles, which I also found on Netgalley. This new series has such a different narrative feel, but I enjoyed it just as much. Funny and dire, engaging character development, truly creepy villains and monsters, and wonderful world building. It does have a Victorian steampunk feel that blends well with the magic of the fae.
The characters – both protagonists and villains – are richly drawn and very exciting. I really like it when stories treat villains as real characters and present their point of view.
I love the writing, which is clear, complete, witty, and well thought out. It is a very intriguing world with many tantalizing mysteries including a few that aren’t revealed by the very complete but still-leaves-you-wanting-more ending of this installment.
If I could send a note directly to the author, it would be “Write More. Write Faster. I want to read your next book.”
Monica A : Great story! This was my first “steampunk” read so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The characters were really engaging. The chapters rotated between the perceptions of the characters, which was a little disorienting at first. I will definitely look for more in this series!