The Red Plague Affair (Bannon and Clare Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The service of Britannia is not for the faint of heart--or conscience...

Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. It will distract him from pursuing his nemesis, and besides, Clare is not as young as he used to be. A ...
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The Red Plague Affair (Bannon and Clare Series #2)

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Overview

The service of Britannia is not for the faint of heart--or conscience...

Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. It will distract him from pursuing his nemesis, and besides, Clare is not as young as he used to be. A spot of Miss Bannon's excellent hospitality and her diverting company may be just what he needs.

Unfortunately, their quarry is a fanatic, and his poisonous discovery is just as dangerous to Britannia as to Her enemies. Now a single man has set Londinium ablaze, and Clare finds himself in the middle of distressing excitement, racing against time and theory to find a cure. Miss Bannon, of course, has troubles of her own, for the Queen's Consort Alberich is ill, and Her Majesty unhappy with Bannon's loyal service. And there is still no reliable way to find a hansom when one needs it most...

The game is afoot. And the Red Plague rises.

The fantastic follow-up to The Iron Wyrm Affair, set in an alternate Victorian world where magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second Bannon and Clare steampunk mystery, following 2012’s The Iron Wyrm Affair, sees mentath Archibald Clare and sorceress Emma Bannon once again risking all to protect England (herein called Britannia) from all threats. This time they’re hot on the heels of a mad genius who’s developed a weaponized version of the Black Plague. While Saintcrow is an ace at bringing her magic-laced world to life and exploring its nooks and crannies, the plot starts off slow and doesn’t pick up until late in the game. The main characters communicate in a Victorian dance of manners that leaves much unsaid; they’re barely more than plot-driven ciphers. Copious amounts of intrigue and action don’t quite disguise the fact that little happens and less is explained or resolved. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goldman Literary Agency. (May)
Patricia Briggs on The Iron Wyrm Affair
" Saintcrow scores a hit with this terrific Steampunk series that rockets through a Britain-that-wasn't with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time."
Laura Anne Gilman on The Iron Wyrm Affair
"Saintcrow melds a complex magic system with a subtle but effective steampunk society, adds fully-fleshed and complicated characters, and delivers a clever and highly engaging mystery that kept me turning pages, fascinated to the very end."
Christine Feehan on The Iron Wyrm Affair
"Innovative world building, powerful steam punk, master storyteller at her best. Don't miss this one....She's fabulous. "
Devon Monk on The Iron Wyrm Affair
"Lilith Saintcrow spins a world of deadly magic, grand adventure, and fast-paced intrigue through the clattering streets of a maze-like mechanized Londonium. The Iron Wyrm Affair is a fantastic mix of action, steam, and mystery dredged in dark magic with a hint of romance. Loved it! Do not miss this wonderful addition to the steampunk genre."
Jacqueline Carey on The Iron Wyrm Affair
"Lilith Saintcrow's foray into steampunk plunges the reader into a Victorian England rife with magic and menace, where clockwork horses pace the cobbled streets, dragons rule the ironworks, and it will take a sorceress' discipline and a logician's powers of deduction to unravel a bloody conspiracy."
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"An absolute delight to read."—Portland Book Review

" Saintcrow scores a hit with this terrific Steampunk series that rockets through a Britain-that-wasn't with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time."—Patricia Briggs on The Iron Wyrm Affair

"Saintcrow melds a complex magic system with a subtle but effective steampunk society, adds fully-fleshed and complicated characters, and delivers a clever and highly engaging mystery that kept me turning pages, fascinated to the very end."—Laura Anne Gilman on The Iron Wyrm Affair

"Innovative world building, powerful steam punk, master storyteller at her best. Don't miss this one....She's fabulous. "—Christine Feehan on The Iron Wyrm Affair

"Lilith Saintcrow spins a world of deadly magic, grand adventure, and fast-paced intrigue through the clattering streets of a maze-like mechanized Londonium. The Iron Wyrm Affair is a fantastic mix of action, steam, and mystery dredged in dark magic with a hint of romance. Loved it! Do not miss this wonderful addition to the steampunk genre."—Devon Monk on The Iron Wyrm Affair

"Lilith Saintcrow's foray into steampunk plunges the reader into a Victorian England rife with magic and menace, where clockwork horses pace the cobbled streets, dragons rule the ironworks, and it will take a sorceress' discipline and a logician's powers of deduction to unravel a bloody conspiracy."—Jacqueline Carey on The Iron Wyrm Affair

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316253697
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Bannon and Clare Series, #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 23,586
  • File size: 804 KB

Meet the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Truely Fantastic!

    I'm in love with this series! Engaging, entertaing, just truely fantastic...every bit as good as the first if not even better. Bravo! My only question is...how long to the next installation?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Awesome

    I have had this day circled on my calendar for months now, and this was well worth the wait. Very engaging continuation of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite First of all,

    Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

    First of all, this review may be a little biased. I am, after all, one of the most devoted bloggers to all things Steampunk! That being said, I ADORED the Red Plague Affair. It took me a long time to warm up to book one in the series, The Iron Wyrm Affair, but once Lilith Saintcrow hooks you, she does it for good. 

    In The Red Plague Affair, Bannon and Clare are back in the saddle. They obviously have some sexual/romantic chemistry with some amazingly tense moments, but alas, no cigar. I guess I will have to wait it out for book three. As for the plot, wow...what a read! Sometimes it is very confusing to jump right into the inexorably blended Steampunk world of a mechanical, science-fiction based, historical fiction novel unless you are already a fan of one of the genres. However, there was a very intense amount of detailing in this book. You get vast expanses of imagery, intricate descriptions of action scenes and events, and you really gain a wonderful view of the world building. If I had one criticism, it was that the character development didn't move anywhere from book one. Bannon and Clare are truly cool characters, yes, but you still want to see them learn, struggle, and grow throughout a series. They seem to have done most of their growing in book one, developmentally speaking. 

    I was truly held captivated by the suspense and twists within the novel. One of the things that I LOVED was the feeling that time was running out and that things weren't going to end well. What a thrill!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Not bad but not great

    Lilith seems to be trying out a new writing style that is more literate than the Valentine or Kismet books. Its not too bad and if she comes out with another Bannon and Clare I will probably buy it. cmt

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