Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review! Chronicles of Steele: Raven Episode 2 by Pauline Creeden

Human life has value.

The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.

The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.

Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore. Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

Episode 2 of a 4-part Steampunk Fantasy is set in an alternate universe. For Captain Jack Grant, the hunt has just begun. Can he capture the elusive Raven Steele, or will she slip through his grasp? As both sides take on new alliances, they will find that one will be an honest partner, one will fall, and one will betray them all.

Title: Chronicles of Steele: Raven Episode 2

Author: Pauline Creeden

Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk

Publisher: AltWit Press

Publication Date: September 6, 2014
Chronicles of Steele: Episode 1 is available for purchase here.

After reading Episode 2 of the Chronicles of Steele: Raven series, I’ve decided it is one of my favorite serials.

We continue to follow Raven Steele on her journey to protect young Darius. I love all of Pauline’s characters. Darius’s personality is beginning to emerge as he learns to trust Raven, and I feel just as protective of him as Raven does. During Captain Jack Grant’s initial encounter with Raven, I detected a thread of admiration for Raven, and it will be interesting to see if he will follow that thread and help protect her and Darius or remain loyal to the guard.

I admire Pauline’s ability to blend steampunk and fantasy so flawlessly. The world she created feels real. It speaks to her abilities and creativeness, and I will no doubt be a lifelong fan of Pauline Creeden.

I’m already looking forward to Episode 3.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine.

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and is now available as an audiobook. #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Christian Sci/Fi and Fantasy (October 2013)

One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group

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