Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday + Review: Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two "teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists!

This week my teaser comes from an exciting little steampunk novella, Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris, the first book in The Steam and Steel Chronicles by Cameron Chapman, and published by Untime Press. From page 14:

It was a bad idea to take her, Stig knew that. He'd been a solo operator for years. But if there was an attack coming, there was a good chance she'd be killed in it. Arguing about it was only wasting time.

My Thoughts:

When a friend passed along a review request from the author, I thought, well, that title is quite a mouthful, but I like steampunk, so I'll give it a try. I ended up being pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed this novella introducing Chapman's Steam and Steel Chronicles. Set in an alternative Victorian-era Europe on the brink of war, the story revolves around Isabelle, a high-born street urchin, and Stig, a rugged airship captain, and what happens when the two of them are thrown together and given a mysterious, and ultimately dangerous, cargo to deliver from Russia to Iceland.

I loved that Chapman lets the reader discover her storyworld as the plot develops. There are no background info dumps, and an element of mystery surrounds both Isabelle and Stig, who are both interesting and intriguing. The story is fast-paced and exciting with just the right amount of quiet moments interspersed in which Isabelle and Stig get to know each other. And as they're fighting for their lives, they're also fighting their growing attraction to each other. I devoured this little novella and the poignant ending left me hungry for more. Fortunately, the second installment was available for immediate download to my Nook!

My Rating:  4 Stars out of 5

*Please note: Though I received a digital copy from the author for review, these are my honest opinions and I was not compensated in any other way for this review.


  1. This does sound really good...I've never read any steampunk, but I'm intrigued.

    Here's MY TT POST

  2. I've only read one steampunk novel, and I really enjoyed it. Sounds good!

  3. This does sound good. I like steampunk too. Happy reading!

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  5. I haven't read a steampunk novel yet, but the teasers for this one sound intriguing. Here is my TT.

  6. That sure is a mouthful. Good that is was good, I do like steampunk too ;)

  7. Sounds interesting, glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Whoa, sounds awesome!


  9. Thanks for this teaser and review! I haven't read anything yet in the Steampunk genre, but I definitely will soon-- I have Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan on my TBR, and The Girl in the Steel Corset as well! This series sounds really good, I'm glad you're enjoying it :)

    You can see my teaser this week at the link below :)

    ~Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  10. I like that teaser and your thoughts on the novella. I will check it out!

    Teaser tuesdays makes my tbr pile longer and longer!

    Here is my Teaser Tuesday: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly post!

  11. Here is mine!


  12. I've only read one steampunk novel, but I did enjoy it.


  13. Great teaser. I love steampunk.

  14. so he must have taken her right... he had to or else the whole gist of the plot would go pffttttt... he did take her right :)

  15. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I'm glad to see it reviewed here and hope it gets lots of new readers so the author will write more. By the way, did you know there's a sequel? The Great Healion Race

  16. Sounds really different. Can't say I've tried any steampunk myself.

  17. Ooooh, I do love steampunk -- I'll have to get this one -- the title cracked me up!


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