Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices, #1)

Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices, #1)

by Shelley Adina

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Overview

Book One of the Magnificent Devices series.

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . but sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

“An immensely fun series with some excellent anti-sexist messages, a wonderful main character (one of my favourites in the genre) and a great sense of Victorian style and language that’s both fun and beautiful to read.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective 

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151714563
Publisher: Moonshell Books, Inc.
Publication date: 02/02/2015
Series: Magnificent Devices , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 41,767
File size: 351 KB

About the Author

Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk and contemporary romance as Shelley Adina, and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, and is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University in the UK. She won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.

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Lady of Devices, a steampunk adventure novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Avid-readerKS More than 1 year ago
If anyone had told me I would enjoy this genre before reading it I would have laughed. I find myself enjoying this strange mixture of technology and past history. This book is entertaining and thought provoking. Loved it!
lrjohnson13 More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Magnificent Devices series does not disappoint! This book was well researched and brought a different edge to a steampunk theme. The protagonists exuded a strong willed determination that really helped to move the plot and other characters along. The heroine, Claire, is ahead of her time and changes the lives of everyone around her. She is the most endearing character in the book. I am eagerly anticipating the second book in the series and continuing Claire’s hardships and adventures I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
MarieHahn13 More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Example of Steampunk This book is a perfect example of the Steampunk genre. Set in Victorian London during the introduction of steam powered machinery, this cast of characters and their adventurous story is delightfully fun. The heroine of the book, Claire, is forced to live a life of independent means after a poor decision by her father lost their fortune and place in society. Trying to create a new life for herself, she encounters a group of street urchins who introduce her to life on the streets of London. Full of scientific wonderment, a little romance, and a whole lot of fun, this book is a great introduction to this Steampunk series. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first third of this book has nothing to do with the steampunk sub-culture other than taking place in Victorian England. This section of the book is brain- numbingly dull and boring, focusing on how the protagonist is required to abide by etiquette and proper mannerisms... I kept reading simply because I bought the book, and I'm cheap. The latter 2/3 of the book pick up significantly, and becomes more readable, although there are really only light to moderate steampunk references throughout. The book focuses on a more down-to-earth interpretation rather than an all-out, gadget-filled world glittering with glass and brass. While it tends to dry out at points throughout the book it does provide a different look at the idea of steampunk and sets a fairly solid foundation for the subsequent books, which as of yet I have not read. Overall, would recommend this book, with caution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and well organized for so many characters.
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. A Lady about to be presented to society loses her father and her families fortune with it. She has to use her mind to overcome and save a group of children from the streets. This is a perfect read for younger readers. The adventure and suspense is wonderful. The female main character is one a girl can really look up to. Using her education and intelligence to get out of situation rather than any kind of brute force. If you have a young child or teen this one for them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, fun read+ excited for part 2
PhoenixSummer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Shelley Adina is a new author to me, and I picked up LADY OF DEVICES because the cover is so fantastic and the back cover blurb intriguing. Incredible heroine. And you can't help but cheer on the secondary characters. Very well done!
Anonymous 11 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First part of the book sets up the alternative Victorian world of this steampunk story, which is similar but not exactly like the historical one. And provides the background for Claire's frustrations as a very young woman entering Society, then her terrible losses, letdowns from friends, and the dangers encountered. She deals with all of this with resourcefulness and lack of snobbishness. Colourful characters, adventures and inventions combine to make great entertainment. I could see this as a TV series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved it . What a great leading character. Good humorous parts , too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this! Witty and entertaining. Engaging tale of interesting people, places and events. Looking forward to the rest is the series.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I'm going to start this with a heavy dose of honesty. This book is my first foray into the idea of steampunk. I've heard a lot about it, I have some friends who are pretty into the genre, but I wasn't sure it was 'for me'. I like historical fiction. However, it's sometimes hard for me to separate that from the idea that there is the possibility of technology that we don't have and that I will never understand. Even with the explanation of how this technology worked I'm still a bit muddled. I'm not too techie. Yes, it's coal and steam type technology but still, it's me. If you know me that those two words make total sense as their own sentence. However, the idea of befuddled aside, I really enjoyed this book. The story was engaging and the characters were mostly well developed. I liked that the story flowed realistically with the time. I also liked that the technology was well explained so as not to leave a newbie to the genre trying to figure out exactly what it all meant. Though that whole balloon thing still has me guessing! (It's in the story, just roll with me already.) There were a few things I felt were a bit glossed over, however. I get that perhaps it was due to the young adult rating to the story but that again makes me feel like it should have been dealt with more deeply. This is where I put the spoiler alert. Someone dies. Killed. Actually two someones but I digress. The one I'm talking about was not intentional but it was at the hands of a main character. I feel like it was not really dealt with but more 'here's this thing that happened, I didn't mean it, here's where it takes us and then blam like it never happened'. For a young adult novel I feel like the idea that causing a death, regardless of intent, should not be depicted as something that doesn't create turmoil within the causer of the death. I think it sets the idea that causing a death is just 'one of those things'. That really bothered me. I wish the characters of the children had been better developed. It was easy to forget who was who and not really get attached to them as people due to this. They have to have come from somewhere, banded together for some reason. I'm hoping more of this comes through in future installments. Despite these few things the story was good. It set a good tone and pace through the story. I liked the characters, even the less developed ones, and am grateful for the opportunity to read more of their story and where they go from here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a decent read, but I feel the plot is all over the place and the characters are not all that well developed. It sets the stage for the rest of the series and introduces characters and settings, but I felt like I had to push myself to read it to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooked on the series after the first book. A MacGyver of the 19th century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book involving steam punk. I enjoyed the book overall and found it quite convincing until the futuristic weapons appeared. I wish the author stayed with steam and engineering of the time. I like the main character being a strong woman, attempting change in a world where women were finally being recognized for more than running a household! Go Lady Claire!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. I don't like when authors make several short books rather than a full story that can stand alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lightly 'Steam Punk".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the continuing adventures of Claire and her crew.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pretty good book. a little difficult to follow at times due the the language barrier of the Brittish & North American dialects but good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, it caught me immediately. And each page which I turn at increasing speed is no less a surprise. In fact, I have now purchased the next two books in this series and look forward to many hours of enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story is stand alone and does come to a conclusion, it does little more than set the scene for future books in the series. What plot there is does not even begin until you are more than a third of the way through the book. The language in the beginning seemed pretentious, like the author was trying to impress the reader with their knowledge of Victorian vocabulary. Either it was toned down a it as the book went on, or this reader got used to it. All that said, the characters are appealing and varied. I find myself wondering what will happen next. It was an easy read and a pleasant diversion. But I hope the following books in the series will have more depth.