Meli’s Nostalgic Tales : The Iron Wyrm Affair

Title: The Iron Wyrm Affair
Publisher: Orbit
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Type of Book: Soft cover
Genre: science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, magic.

In a tale of magic, mystery, bad ass characters and scary creatures, Lilith Saintcrow’s The Iron Wyrm Affair was meant to be my summer read. And it was…only it didn’t leave me breathless and grappling for the next page. Although, the writing style was fundamental, the description vivid and characters so charming (in their own way) I still wouldn’t put it as my top.

This is what went wrong for me:

Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.
-Summary by Goodreads

By reading this summary, the whole book has already been unraveled. I was promised two characters who couldn’t be worse off to be partnered up, but the whole time it was Emma Bannon who was presenting all the hostility. I actually felt pity for Archibald Clare, a suffering mentath (a sort of genius at deductions is what I took away from all this, there was no encyclopaedia to help me here -.-) who has been off the grid.Their duo-ness was very flat. There was no excitement, most of the time they spent it apart doing their own thing. Emma Bannon was always shouting off orders and god forbid you’d disagree..pshhh…just because you’re Prime honey doesn’t mean you should act like you’re the center of everything.

I just didn’t like Emma, she’s this complex character with a dark past with A LOT of enemies. She’s got a weird rollercoaster-like relationship with her bodyguard which gets some development but you are still unsure of what it truly is. Bloody exhausting. The plot was basically about the young queen of the country having her advisers trying to off-her from the throne, the sorceress she hires to uncover the conspiracy and the building of this grand machine which could destroy everything! Didn’t even faze me.

It’s just so hard to find a good steampunk book and this wasn’t it. While I mention before her action scenes were fantastic and distribution of magic grand and her wording was nothing that I have witness before. Those were the redeeming qualities. Also, if one of you lovely followers do end up reading this book, please PLEASE tell me what in potbuckets is a Hansom!!!??? Good gravy it kept popping up and maybe I missed the definition in the book, either way I’m bothered and would like answers.

Grading : 3/5

Meli <3


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