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Library Journal
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Elle wants nothing more to be a simple pilot, flying her small air freighter Water Lily and ignoring social mores. But there is nothing simple about the package her French contact Patrice wants her to carry to London. Within minutes of taking possession of the small box, Elle is attacked and robbed, saved only by the intervention of Patrice's associate Marsh. Simple is going to become a very rare word in Elle's vocabulary as she is pulled deeper into Marsh's sphere. In a world of divided Light and Shadow, where Absinthe faeries flit through bars and Alchemists move through the shadows, a deadly plan has been set in motion. And Elle may just be the key to it all. Verdict Breathing new life into a familiar genre, this series debut is a fantastic mix of steampunk and sleuthing. Schwarz has built a world that is rich with familiar fantasy denizens as well as some nightmares and magic that are purely her own. With Gail Carriger's main series having ended, steampunk fans are actively seeking other authors/series, so this would be something to draw their attention. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/12.]-April Steenburgh, George F. Johnson Memorial Lib., Endwell, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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Elle Chance is a lone zeppelin pilot in a 1903 Europe where technology fueled by magic is commonplace. After agreeing to deliver a mysterious locked box for Mr. Marsh, whose arrogance is matched by his wealth, Elle is hunted by powerful agents of the supernatural-some who want to imprison her in a gilded cage and may have killed her mother, and others who would regain their ancient dark powers with her sacrifice. Marsh is the only one who can help her navigate the shadows before they consume her, but whether he is a friend or an enemy agent is unclear. Schwarz's debut blossoms with possibilities for a future hinging on the brave and determined Elle, who both loves science and wields Light's magic. Intrigue, slightly contrived romantic tension, and colorful settings will appeal to fans of light fantasy and adventure. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal
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Elle wants nothing more to be a simple pilot, flying her small air freighter Water Lily and ignoring social mores. But there is nothing simple about the package her French contact Patrice wants her to carry to London. Within minutes of taking possession of the small box, Elle is attacked and robbed, saved only by the intervention of Patrice's associate Marsh. Simple is going to become a very rare word in Elle's vocabulary as she is pulled deeper into Marsh's sphere. In a world of divided Light and Shadow, where Absinthe faeries flit through bars and Alchemists move through the shadows, a deadly plan has been set in motion. And Elle may just be the key to it all. Verdict Breathing new life into a familiar genre, this series debut is a fantastic mix of steampunk and sleuthing. Schwarz has built a world that is rich with familiar fantasy denizens as well as some nightmares and magic that are purely her own. With Gail Carriger's main series having ended, steampunk fans are actively seeking other authors/series, so this would be something to draw their attention. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/12.]-April Steenburgh, George F. Johnson Memorial Lib., Endwell, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.