Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are 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.
The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.
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About the Author
In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. In her fiction, she 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.
She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers’ Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.
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. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter are 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." The first episode of the Chronicles of Steele gives a delightful introduction to this four-part series. The full version can also be read in Raven Raven is a reaper, a trained assassin. For most of her life, she has known death all too well. However, she hasn't become immune to it. For every death, a life must be saved, serving as a sort of "penance" to those who had died before. The deaths by her hands will forever stain her mind. Now that her record is "even," she desires for a life of peace and quiet. But that time will not come because of a request made by a Baron to watch over his sick younger brother. In her attempts to escape the life she knew before, she finds herself being sucked back in. This story hits the ground running, giving no time for the reader to ease into the story (which is good!) The pace continues to move quickly, flowing from one scene to the next. Steampunk elements sprinkle the plot, adding unique a modern twists to the tale. Need I mention the metal horses? A few minor set-backs for me liking this story more were the lack of description and physical details of the characters and is a bit predictable. Overall, it's verbally clean, action-packed, and has some meaning and purpose! It's a fun and quick read. There is some violence, but nothing too graphic. My rating: 4 stars.
My first SteamPunk novel. Well written with a nice quick pace. Raven is a very interesting character. Will be anticipating the next installment. Would recommend this book to all age groups.
This is a super good book!!