""Action, adventure, steampunk, and blazing hot seduction...Bec McMaster offers it all."—Eve Silver, author of Sins of the Flesh
A brilliantly creative debut where vampires, werewolves, and clockwork creatures roam the mist–shrouded streets of London...
When Nowhere is Safe
Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?
Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.
When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.
In Victorian London, the aristocracy is ruled by a group called the Echelon, "blue bloods" infected with the craving virus that will someday blossom into full-blown vampirism. Honoria Todd, daughter of a murdered inventor, escapes to the Whitechapel district with her sister and secretly infected brother. Reluctantly, Honoria asks Blade, the master of Whitechapel, to protect her family. Blade is a rogue blue blood and intensely attracted to Honoria, but she only views him as a potential monster. When a vampire commits vicious attacks in Whitechapel, Blade forges an uneasy alliance with the Echelon and Lord Vickers, his sworn enemy, to defeat the creature. Working with the Echelon is dangerous, but not as dangerous as the growing desire between Blade and Honoria. Readers will be confused by the numerous overlapping plot lines, and hastily gluing on a few gears does not a steampunk novel make. However, McMaster's debut does put an interesting twist on the vampire mythos and the brutal side of London high society.
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Excellently crafted story!
Vampire class strife
The plot and characters are intriguing. The romance works but some how the final garment falls short of a fifth star.
More of an Adventure Romance
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
Happy New Year, 2018!!!
Honoria Todd has found shelter in the dreaded Whitechapel district of London. Her sister Lena and brother Charles are safe from the man who murdered her father. Her father had been working on a cure for the blood-craving. Now Charles is infected, and Honoria is trying to get the money to help him.
Blade is known as the master of the rookeries. He is faster and stronger than a mortal man—nearly immortal. He was infected by the blood-craving long ago. Since then he has gone toe-to-toe with the upper crust, called the Echelon. Since accidentally killing his sister due to the blood-craving, he has had to keep himself under control. Honoria turns his world upside down, testing his tenuous control. However, she is stubborn and may be just what he needs.
Bec McMaster’s book seems to be steampunk on the edges. It focuses more on a fantasy romance with vampires and werewolves. Honoria Todd was born in the upper middle class, but not a “Blue Blood”, nobility infected with the blood-craving. (It seems the fashionable thing to do.) However, Blade is someone who was infected by Vickers, tormented, then left to kill his sister in his need. This has always haunted Blade. Vickers was funding Honoria’s father’s research for a cure for the blood-craving. When her father disappeared, Vickers put a price on her head and the heads of her sister and brother.
The book is a little slow in places, focusing more on the paranormal romance end of the story. So the adventure elements of the story give way to the interpersonal elements of it. Blade and Honoria are attracted to each other. Each has to win the other’s trust. Both are stubborn, making the relationship exciting. The end result isn’t exactly a page turner but interesting. I’m interested in seeing how the rest of the series plays out.