[Crista McHugh] È The Alchemy of Desire [academic PDF] Read Online Ü formresponse.co.uk

[Crista McHugh] È The Alchemy of Desire [academic PDF] Read Online Ü Definitely an interesting take on steampunk Most steampunk I have read has been set in the Victorian era This was instead set in early Americana, sort of old west meets steampunk I really liked it Crista McHugh did an incredible job of drawing me into the world of magic, steampunk, and old west that she created All of the characters were incredibly well written I could picture each one in my head.
I certainly hope that Crista McHugh writes books set in this world.
In conjunction with the Wakela s World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review No other compensation has been received My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand The opinions stated here are mine alone.
After Winning The Civil War Against The Confederate Wielders, The Union Machinists Have Outlawed Magic To Usher In A New Age Of Steam Powered Technology Diah, An Alchemist And The Only Non Wielder In His Family, Owes His Brother For Saving His Life In The War So When Cager Is Blackmailed Into Procuring The Magical Hide Of The White Buffalo, Diah Accompanies Him To The Dakota TerritoryTheir Guide Is Oni, A Half Lakota Woman With Plenty Of Secrets To Hide She S A Magic Wielder With An Illegal Wand Concealed In Her Knife And She S A Coyote Shifter To Her People, Killing The White Buffalo Is Not Only Sacrilege, It S Dangerous Oni Has No Intention Of Helping Them Actually Achieve Their Mission Until She Falls In Love With Diah, Words This was a preview copy from Netgalley, thank you I have a habit bad Maybe of requesting advanced readers copies of books or such, downloading them in ebook format, and then forgetting everything their blurbs said about them So it wasn t until I opened the epub of The Alchemy of Desire that I realized that it was from Carina Press, which I afterward discovered is a sort of PNR subdivision of Harlequin Oh dear I mean, yes, the title should be a dead giveaway that it s a romance, but somehow it wasn t the man on the cover is fully clothed I quite like the cover, actually , and I braced myself.
And the beginning was good So good It was an alternate 19th century urban fantasy set in New Orleans post Civil War And this was not Ken Burns s Civil War the main issue of the war seems to have been neither slavery nor states rights but a fight between those who can wield magic Wielders the Confederacy and those who can t and use steampunk machinery instead Machinists the Union The Machinists Union Really What local I loved the beginning There was a lot of good stuff there, despite some typos I hope were corrected for a paper edition.
Then the story left New Orleans.
Damn.
There was so much scope in that setup it was deep and rife with possibility I didn t expect that Finding it unexpectedly makes it even of a shame that the possibilities were unexplored The two brothers at the heart of the story, Diah and Cager, are forced into going off to hunt the White Buffalo, and for this they need a guide And the only guide willing to have them is Oni, a half Lakota woman who is a bundle of secrets and Issues She s not taken terribly seriously, at least by the elder and obnoxious of the two brothers, Cager, because she s a woman and because she s a half breed She s an illegal, unlicensed Wielder like Cager Diah is an Alchemist hence the title She s a shapeshifter And she has no intention of taking them to kill the White Buffalo, because the White Buffalo is sacred to her tribe Oh, and she killed a guy who tried to rape her, and begins almost at once to fall in love with the younger brother, Diah after an initial reaction which seems paranormal but is never explained The brothers names are actually nicknames for Jebediah and Micajuh or some such, which is a stretch I was pronouncing Diah as dee ah in my head, because otherwise it s somewhere between die and, I m sorry, diarrhea , but if it s short for Jebediah it probably is die And Cager is just odd From the moment the trio of the two brothers and their Sacajawea set foot on a boat to begin their journey after the White Buffalo, the Harlequin roots begin to show There is a great deal of teasing and frustration and timely or untimely interruptions, and bulges and pools of wetness Unfortunately, the latter two items are verbatim I began to wish for Oni s sake that Depends had been invented in the 1860 s sometime.
There were parts of this that were a lot of fun As I said, the setting and storyline of the beginning was dandy The setting up of Alchemists Machinists and Wielders is something I wanted about Pity it seems to be a standalone Once the focus moved west and to the R of PNR, it quickly became less interesting to me I shouldn t complain, because it does after all say on the tin that it is what it is, and what it is isn t bad But if this had been a steampunk Western with an integral romance instead of a Western romance with elements of steampunk it could have been something really special.
Definitely an interesting take on steampunk Most steampunk I have read has been set in the Victorian era This was instead set in early Americana, sort of old west meets steampunk I really liked it Crista McHugh did an incredible job of drawing me into the world of magic, steampunk, and old west that she created All of the characters were incredibly well written I could picture each one in my head.
I certainly hope that Crista McHugh writes books set in this world.
In conjunction with the Wakela s World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review No other compensation has been received My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand The opinions stated here are mine alone.
story was an interesting mix of Native American legends, romance and the Wild West McHugh puts a clever twist on the Civil War, Pitting Southern Wielders of old fashioned magic against the new generation of Machinists from the North Although Alchemy of Desire has been labeled as a Steampunk novel, there weren t a lot of Steampunk elements You won t find giant walkers and zeppelins dominating this novel Instead, the story focuses on the romance between two people from different backgrounds who find love in a physically and racially hostile environment.
In Alchemy of Desire we meet a wonderful cast of characters Jebediah Diah , love this name, comes from a family of magic wielders, but didn t inherit the ability Unable to follow in his family s footsteps, he became an alchemist I liked his character, he is sexy, loyal, responsible and always behaved like a gentleman His brother Micajah Cager , love this name too, is the opposite he is cocky, reckless and has little respect for anyone except his brother However, we do get a peek into why Cager behaves the way he does, and I see a book in his future expanding on his character Oni, is a Lakota white half breed and is shunned by both sides of her family because of her mixed breeding Her need to survive on her own has made her tough as nails and, understandably, mistrustful of everyone.
In the beginning of this novel there is some world building as we meet the characters, but as soon as Oni and Diah meet the story turns into the typical paranormal romance They both have secret agendas and conflicting loyalties, but they fall in love and have lots of great sex However, they actually don t have sex till late in the book because of Diah s sense of honor It is actually kind of sweet to see chivalry isn t dead This is my favorite aspect of the book.
There is nothing wrong with this story It is well written and the premise of machinists vs magic wielders was cool, but the romance was the focus of this story, not the world building I didn t connect to the characters enough to become emotionally invested, but the sex scenes were pretty hot I suggest reading various reviews on the book to decide if it is for you.
3 Sheep SS and special thanks to BAK for editing this, and making me look smart story was an interesting mix of Native American legends, romance and the Wild West McHugh puts a clever twist on the Civil War, Pitting Southern Wielders of old fashioned magic against the new generation of Machinists from the North Although Alchemy of Desire has been labeled as a Steampunk novel, there weren t a lot of Steampunk elements You won t find giant walkers and zeppelins dominating this novel Instead, the story focuses on the romance between two people from different backgrounds who find love in a physically and racially hostile environment.
In Alchemy of Desire we meet a wonderful cast of characters Jebediah Diah , love this name, comes from a family of magic wielders, but didn t inherit the ability Unable to follow in his family s footsteps, he became an alchemist I liked his character, he is sexy, loyal, responsible and always behaved like a gentleman His brother Micajah Cager , love this name too, is the opposite he is cocky, reckless and has little respect for anyone except his brother However, we do get a peek into why Cager behaves the way he does, and I see a book in his future expanding on his character Oni, is a Lakota white half breed and is shunned by both sides of her family because of her mixed breeding Her need to survive on her own has made her tough as nails and, understandably, mistrustful of everyone.
In the beginning of this novel there is some world building as we meet the characters, but as soon as Oni and Diah meet the story turns into the typical paranormal romance They both have secret agendas and conflicting loyalties, but they fall in love and have lots of great sex However, they actually don t have sex till late in the book because of Diah s sense of honor It is actually kind of sweet to see chivalry isn t dead This is my favorite aspect of the book.
There is nothing wrong with this story It is well written and the premise of machinists vs magic wielders was cool, but the romance was the focus of this story, not the world building I didn t connect to the characters enough to become emotionally invested, but the sex scenes were pretty hot I suggest reading various reviews on the book to decide if it is for you.
3 Sheep SS and special thanks to BAK for editing this, and making me look smart The ending saved it from a two star Overall the story was decent, but I was never gripped Cager was a jerk and the other two Oni and Diah needed a blooming good kick up the backside for being stubborn and foolish It had too many elements that were predictable and not necessarily in a good way but I did like the legends that were told in the story They were actually better than the proper novel If it hadn t have dragged along I would ve enjoyed it In fact I think my main issue was that it wasn t the steampunk style I like.
Okay While the narrative in The Alchemy of Desire is repetitive, self indulgent and cliche driven, and the characters hackneyed, the sex scenes are fun and the historical elements pretty well researched.
The story is an interesting mix of romance, magic, folklore, Steampunk Heavy on the romance I was drawn into the story in the beginning, it lost some steam pun intended , and picked up again towards the end An enjoyable story.