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Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Rating: 4.5 Stars In Skies of Gold (The Ether Chronicles #5) by

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    In Skies of Gold (The Ether Chronicles #5) by Zoe Archer, Arriving on the uninhabited Scottish isle of Eilean Comhachag, engineer Kalindi MacNeil settles in to her family's cottage ready to reflect and find some peace in her harried life. She might have survived the Battle of Liverpool, when the building she worked in was flattened, but it has left some lasting effects on her. Both physically and mentally. Kali hopes the solitude will allow her to heal while she spends her time tinkering away on new projects and exploring the island. Her first night there, she hears a low humming sound, almost mechanical in nature, and goes outside to see something glowing across the fields. Determined to find the source, the next day she treks off into the moors and finds out she's not alone on the island after all. A wild-looking beast of a man appears, just as shocked to find someone else there as she is. Both of them are weary of each other but decide to try to be amicable, to allow as much privacy as possible on the small island. However, Kali and Fletcher soon find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. When their quiet solitude is threatened, Kali must come to terms with how much this man means to her, and how far she's willing to go to keep their fragile bond intact.

    Fletcher Adam's wish to remain exiled is shattered when Kali appears on the deserted island. He tries to stay as far away from her as possible, he truly does, but she's the most confounding woman he's ever met. She has the brilliant mind of an engineer, the body of a goddess and is just as confused and damaged as he is. As they get to know each other, Kali slowly convinces him that maybe he's not the monster he's deemed himself to be. Being a Man O' War was something he was once proud of but not everyone from his past was happy with his accomplishment. With Kali's help, he begins to heal his broken heart and wounded spirit. He's never connected with someone so deeply before and it both scares and excites him. The island becomes their safe haven and neither one wants to think about what would happen should they have to go back to society some day. But will that day come sooner than Fletcher anticipated?

    Zoe Archer is a must read author when it comes to Steampunk. Skies of Gold is a very elegantly written novel, full of poetic-type prose and deep emotions, but it also has that mechanical edge to it with all the gadgetry this genre boasts. Underneath it all this is a deserted island trope which I always find intriguing. There's just something about seeing two people, completely alone. You get to see the real emotions and watch them make that bond with no outside forces interfering.

    Kali and Fletcher are kindred spirits. Plain and simple. They understand what each other has been through and so they know when to say something or when to just remain quiet. Their pasts have molded them into who they are now, both good and bad. But their pasts also have formed a common thread between them a base upon which to potentially build a future together. I found their situation quite easy to relate to and it was actually (I think) a great catalyst for a love story.

    Whether you are new to the Steampunk genre or if you're already a fan, definitely check out Skies of Gold. This can definitely be read as a standalone , although you'll probably want to check out the rest of this series after reading this book. It's just that good!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    I had had my eye on this series for a while, so when I saw this

    I had had my eye on this series for a while, so when I saw this one I knew I "had" to read it.  I am so glad I did.  I do not read a ton of steampunk, but after reading this one I have to question why that is.  I absolutely loved the world that Zoe created.  Kali is a strong woman who has seen and endured too much after the city she lives in is all but destroyed. Fletcher is Man O' War who has also seen and and been a part of too much war and death.  Both are on the island for their own reason, but soon discover a connection like neither of them had before known.

    This was one of the most fascinating love stories I have read in a long time and I read a ton.  The characters are deep, likable, and unique.  The world they live in is fascinating, but not so over the top that the story becomes secondary.  This story was beautifully woven and while the suspense aspects are slightly predictable, the story of Kali and Fletcher is not.  If you want to try steampunk, this may be a great place to start.  If you are a fan of steampunk, strong characters, great connections, and a bit of adventure this book is probably for you.  While this is part of a series, I have not read any of the past books and at no point in time did I feel like I was missing anything.  I have a feeling it is a shared world series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    An incredible series with yet another very enjoyable story.

    An incredible series with yet another very enjoyable story.

    Skies of Gold by Zoë Archer is a very readable story indeed. I enjoyed this story of overcoming past tragedy and triumphing over evil. Yeah sure, we’ve all read a story or three about the wounded hero encountering the woman of his dreams. The difference here, there is a realism the author brings not only to the character flaws, fears and feelings but to this world with its myriad inventions. Awesome!

    If you are looking for titillation, you might want to pass on this book, however if you want good read… buy it. There are so many reasons to read the story of Kalinda and Fletcher but for me the kicker is the healing. They are both broken by the events of the world and personal experiences. Together they learn to move past those negative events and grow because them as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Sensuous, Exciting Steampunk Romance

    The latest in Archer's The Ether Chronicles series is a terrific, exciting, sexy romance. Kali and Fletcher are great characters with real chemistry. Unlike other authors who rush straight to the lust/sex part, Archer gives her characters time to heal from their emotional and psychological wounds and really get to know one another.

    If I have one complaint, it is that the story needed a prologue; just something to set up the later appearance of the villain.

    Highly recommended to fans of Meljean Brook, the Steamlust anthology, and great romances in general. -- lyradora

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    Zoe Archer captures the heart and soul of two extraordinary char

    Zoe Archer captures the heart and soul of two extraordinary characters in Skies of Gold. 

    Kalini MacNeil and Captain Fletcher Adams are both suffering from war related trauma, driving them to excumminicate themselves from the outside world. Little did they know that they both ended up in the same place. Sharing their emotional damage allows them to slowly heal and find happiness once again.

    Simply put this was a wonderfully stimulating, sexy, moving story, wrapped up perfectly into a steampunk adventure.

    I received this ARC copy of Skies of Gold from HarperCollins - Avon in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 13, 2013.

    Written by: Zoe Archer
    Series: The Ether Chronicles
    Sequence in Series: 5
    Publisher: Avon Impulse 
    Publication Date: August 13, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0062241443
    ISBN-13: 978-0062241443
    Rating: 4.5
    Genre: Steampunk Romance
    Age Recommendation: Adult

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