Homecoming. Cloaked Devices #0.5 Cecilia Robert.
Arc supplied via Netgalley.
I hadn’t realised when I requested this that it was Steampunk, and that’s a genre I rarely read. I’d thought this was a shifter romance, but it has steampunk elements though barely noticeable and I enjoyed this novel very much.
Levian and his twin are searching for Levian’s mate Sera, who left him at the bonding ceremony. They were in love so he doesn’t know, and neither does her family, why she left or where she went. They’ve tracked her down finally, and are travelling to bring her home. The book is really setting the scene for a full series I assume, about these characters and their homeland, plus the city she’s been living in. The steampunk element came in via the ship they travelled in – I was puzzled at how a boat could fly, now I see its in steampunk genre and I understand it 🙂 Sera has a secret though – a huge one that could affect whether things change tremendously for her and Levian. She loves him, has always loved him but will he still want her when he learns what it is?
Well, its a great read, short but fun and though much steampunk goes over my head this was very shifter orientated, and I was able to follow and enjoy the story. There are some strong characters here, and I’d like to read more when the full series comes out. Its a quick read at around 40,000 words and the Netgalley price shows $0.99. I can’t find out when further books are out nor yet find this on Amazon, so can’t give UK price but its release date is 25th October 2013 so maybe soon….
Stars: hmmnn….hard this one – if it was a whole book with a full plot it would be easier to judge, as it is I like the writing style, it flows easily, and the characters – they seem an interesting mix. Sera’s bookshop partner wolf shifter sounded intriguing, and I do hope he’s in further books. Somehow I don’t feel we’ve seen the last of him, he seems to have more to say yet! So, judgement time…four. A good book, but hard to rate with it being just a prelude and not a full story.